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9:05 AM ET, February 25, 2008

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Adobe Blurs Line Between PC and Web  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On sabbatical in 2001 from Macromedia, Kevin Lynch, a software developer, was frustrated that he could not get to his Web data when he was off the Internet and annoyed that he could not get to his PC data when he was traveling.
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BBC:
Adobe merge on and offline worlds  —  Adobe has launched software designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.  —  Adobe Air allows developers to build tools that still have some functionality even when a computer is no longer connected to the net.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone, Wii guests on stage at this year's Oscars  —  We keep on telling people that the iPhone and Wii are like totally going to be huge, but maybe they'll finally believe us now that Jon Stewart trotted both out on stage during the Oscars this year.  Oh, and perhaps now would be a good …
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   Nintendo's Wii makes an Oscar appearance
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Microsoft kills off HD DVD drive for Xbox 360  —  San Francisco - Microsoft will stop making external HD DVD drives for its Xbox 360 game console, but won't say whether it will offer a Blu-ray Disc drive instead.  —  The company will continue to provide warranty and product support for existing HD DVD players, it said.
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New York Times:
Studios Try to Save the DVD
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Daniel Terdiman / Webware.com:
Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered  —  If you thought it was bad enough that all your friends, and even your mother, want you to keep up with them via their Twitter pages, your plants could now do the same.  —  That's because the folks at Botanicalls, a group that formed …
Wired News:
Free!  Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business  —  At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps.  It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work.  He blamed the evils of market competition.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fox Said To Be Exploring Termination Of Google Advertising Deal  —  Even while parent company News Corp. continues to try to disrupt the Microsoft/Yahoo merger, Fox Interactive Media (FIM) is rumored to be in negotiations with Microsoft take Google's place as the MySpace advertising partner.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
New York Times Launching Its Mobile-To-PC Content Sharing Service  —  The New York Times Co (NYSE: NYT). is launching a service today called ShifD that sends your content to the cloud to make it easily accessible from your computer, phone or other devices.  The service works like this …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mixx, social news competitor to Digg, raises another $2 million  —  Many startups have tried to take on social news site Digg.  Mixx is one of them, but it has a few additional features that lets users fine-tune what stories they see on the site — and it's made some deals with big newspapers.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally  —  Six months after Facebook came out with a version of its social network for the iPhone, LinkedIn is finally coming around to releasing a mobile version of its own.  —  It is live now.  Just go to http://m.linkedin.com/ on any mobile browser.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Getty Images Selling To PE Firm Hellman & Friedman For $2.4 Billion; 39 Percent Premium  —  Stock photo firm Getty Images (NYSE: GYI), which was known to be shopping itself around, has agreed to sell itself to PE Firm Hellman & Friedman for $2.4 billion or $34.00 per share.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware steps up IT automation game  —  VMware is demonstrating four virtual machine management offerings designed to automate the data center.  —  On Monday, VMware announced four products to better manage and automate the IT department to coincide with its VMworld Europe conference.  Among the offerings:
Discussion: eWeek
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Mobile applications, RIP  —  Summary: The business of making native apps for mobile devices is dying, crushed by a fragmented market and restrictive business practices.  The problems are so bad that the mobile web, despite its many technical drawbacks, is now a better way to deliver new functionality to mobiles.
 
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USA Today:
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