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11:20 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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Adobe:
Adobe Technology Platform for RIAs Propels Innovation on the Web  —  For immediate release  —  Adobe AIR and Adobe Flex 3 Now Available  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® AIR™ and Adobe® Flex® 3 software …
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.
Richard Stiennon / Threat Chaos:
Pakistan removed from the Internet  —  4:30 PM Eastern (US).  —  The telecom company that carries most of Pakistan's traffic, PCCW, has found it necessary to shut Pakistan off from the Internet while they filter out the malicious routes that a Pakistani ISP, PieNet, announced earlier today.
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BBC:
YouTube outage blamed on Pakistan
Nokia:
Nokia and University of Cambridge launch the Morph - a nanotechnology concept device  —  New York, US and Espoo, Finland - Morph, a joint nanotechnology concept, developed by Nokia Research Center (NRC) and the University of Cambridge (UK) - was launched today alongside the “Design and the Elastic Mind” …
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Researchers Envision Mobile Device That Morphs
Discussion: CNET News.com and Newspond.com
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.
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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Phillip Torrone / MAKE Magazine:
HOW TO - Make plants talk! …
Daniel Terdiman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Sony's PlayStation head, Phil Harrison, stepping down  —  Phil Harrison, head of Sony Computer Entertainment International worldwide studios, will step down Feb. 29, 2008.  —  (Credit: James Martin/CNET News.com)  —  It appears the poor performance of the PlayStation 3 may have claimed another victim among Sony's top brass.
Discussion: IDG News Service and Gadgetell
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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.
IDG News Service:
Fujitsu Shows 500GB Laptop Drive  —  The latest entry in high-capacity notebooks is Fujitsu, which will release a laptop with a 500GB drive in May.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Laptop computer storage is racing fast towards the 500G-byte level with Fujitsu becoming the third hard-disk drive maker …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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Fugitsu:
Fujitsu to Release 2.5" Hard Disk Drive with World-Class 500 GB Capacity
Discussion: Engadget and O'Grady's PowerPage
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Blogger, Sans Pajamas, Rakes Muck and a Prize  —  Of the many landmarks along a journalist's career, two are among those that stand out: winning an award and making the government back down.  Last week, Joshua Micah Marshall achieved both.  —  On Tuesday, it was announced that he had won …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Twitter  —  My Guardian column this week is a tribute to Twitter.  Since I haven't written about that much in the blog, here's the full text:  —  When I first used the microblogging platform Twitter - which enables users to publish 140-character-long messages via the web and mobile phones - I thought it was silly.
Discussion: SMS Text News
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Is UGC viable for news sites?  —  Photo by sorenshama on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  User content is at the heart of Web 2.0, which has spawned hundreds of sites that encourage users to share, discuss and contribute their ideas, photos, videos and digital miscellany.
Discussion: Web Strategy
Electronista:
Sony intros 13.6MP compact cam, 15X hi-zoom  —  Sony today broke from the normal cycle of camera updates by releasing two updates to its Cyber-shot lineup.  The W300 is the first truly compact point-and-shoot to cross the 12-megapixel barrier and produces 13.6 megapixels without extra bulk.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
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
 
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Microsoft:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT launches £2k-a-year networking site
Discussion: The Social Times and Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware steps up IT automation game
Discussion: eWeek
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Getty Images Selling To PE Firm Hellman & Friedman For $2.4 Billion …
Dan Fost / New York Times:
On the Internet, Everyone Can Hear You Complain
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Studios Are Trying to Stop DVDs From Fading to Black
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Goes Mobile—Finally