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12:15 AM ET, February 26, 2008

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Google:
Global Consortium to Construct New Cable System Linking US and Japan to Meet Increasing Bandwidth Demands  —  Construction underway to build 10,000 km linear cable system with a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbps to enhance Trans-Pacific connectivity  —  A consortium of six international companies announced …
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:   Google's Submarine Cable Plans Get Official
Francois Sterin / Official Google Blog:
About the Unity bandwidth consortium
Discussion: Gearlog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
6 Adobe AIR Apps to Check Out  —  Adobe's AIR platform allows developers to create web applications that run on your desktop without the need of a web browser.  Now that AIR has dropped the beta tag (see our previous coverage), it's time to look at some of the AIR apps you can use today.
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InfoWorld:
Adobe CTO: AIR for Linux due later this year
Discussion: Ryan Stewart
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yang breaks silence on Microsoft takeover  —  PHOENIX — Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang knew exactly what was on everyone's minds at the Interactive Advertising Bureau conference on Monday.  —  In their first public appearance since Microsoft's hostile $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   Yang: Microsoft Bid Was a “Galvanizing Event” for Yahoo
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo mum on Microsoft, but hints at Digg rival
Discussion: Yahoo! Finance
Lessig Blog:
On why I am not running  —  With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement.  I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!).  First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08?
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Long odds lead Lessig to decide against run for Congress
Discussion: CNET News.com and Threat Level
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Dear ABC, You Don't Compete With TiVo By Making A Product Worse  —  About a year and a half ago, an executive at Disney-owned ABC-TV talked about how the network was experimenting with ways to block people from fast forwarding through commercials.  The exec in question even claimed …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
ABC Announces “Must Flee TV”
CNN:
Questions over extent of YouTube blockade  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) — Conflicting reports emerged out of Pakistan on Tuesday over the duration of a Pakistani government block on the video-sharing Web site YouTube for showing a “highly blasphemous Dutch” video.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces New Reporting Standard for Digital Campaign Performance: Engagement Mapping  —  New approach allows advertisers to map and assign value to various touch points, gaining a more complete picture of a campaign.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Engagement Mapping …
Megan Johnston / FinancialWeek.com Breaking …:
Apple's cash: It's one sour cider  —  Whopping $18.4 billion now idles on balance sheet, fermenting grumbles that Steve Jobs can do better  —  Talk about your apple juice: The computer company's current cash position is $18.4 billion, up an astounding 20% in a single quarter.
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Default judgment denied in Atlantic v. Brennan, RIAA complaint insufficient, possible defenses of copyright misuse, excessive damages  —  In Atlantic v. Brennan, a Connecticut case, the Court has denied the RIAA's application for default judgment, rejecting the RIAA's “making available” theory.
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   RIAA fails again to get default judgment in uncontested case
AppleInsider:
New MacBook Pro part numbers surface in inventory systems  —  The seemingly endless wait for a new line of professional notebooks from Mac maker Apple Inc. appears to be nearing an end, with part numbers and pricing for new MacBook Pro models cropping up in inventory systems worldwide over the weekend.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Manage Your Online Reputation  —  You've spent a lot of time building up your reputation and image both online and off, so it's important to make sure that someone isn't out there dragging it through the mud.  The latest tool for reputation management is Trackur …
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Manoj Jasra / Web Analytics World:
Online Reputation Management Tool by Andy Beal
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru
PR Newswire:
Network Solutions Sued For Defrauding Millions  —  Network Solutions has forced millions of people to buy Internet domain names from them instead of cheaper competitors through a scheme that's netted the firm millions of dollars, a federal class action lawsuit filed today by Kabateck Brown Kellner, LLP states.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Internet Pro Radio
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Brainstorming over bagels: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs seek camaraderie and capital at brunch  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Internet bubble of the late 1990s ended with a painful pop. When today's young entrepreneurs get together, the only bubbles they see are in their mimosas.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DivX Shuts Down Popular Piracy Site Stage6  —  We covered Stage6, a DivX-owned site, in October 2006 as part of a roundup of up and coming video sites.  The site, which allowed users to upload video in the high quality Divx format, streams video that makes YouTube look shabby in comparison.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Digg's inaugural town hall: Too much navel-gazing  —  On Monday night, social news site Digg took a new approach to its famously clamorous users: CEO Jay Adelson and founder Kevin Rose sat down in front of a Ustream-connected camera with their MacBook Pros and a couple of beers and answered questions that had been submitted by Diggers.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
F.C.C. to Act on Delaying of Broadband Traffic  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The head of the Federal Communications Commission and other senior officials said on Monday that they were considering taking steps to discourage cable and telephone companies from discriminating against content providers …
Reuters:
Taliban issue ultimatum to Afghan mobile operators  —  KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents on Monday gave Afghan mobile phone operators three days to shut down their networks at night or face attack, as the rebels said international forces used the cellphones to track them down.
Hal Varian / Official Google Blog:
Our secret sauce  —  I was recently a guest columnist on the Freakonomics Blog.  There were several interesting questions from the readers, but one was quite striking: … It seems that a lot of people are trying to figure out why Google has done so well.
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
Sun Leaks 6-core Intel Xeon, Nehalem Details  —  Sun confirms what Intel has been dying to tell us, at least off the record  —  Late last month in Austria, Intel presented Sun with roadmaps discussing details of its upcoming server platforms, including the fairly secret Xeon Dunnington and Nehalem architectures.
 
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Electronista:
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eBay Inc. Appoints New CEOs of Skype and Shopping.com
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Malone: DirecTV Is (Almost) a Done Deal
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Jon Stewart, Bored With Oscars, Pulls Out iPhone
Dan Goodin / The Register:
VMware vuln exposes the perils of virtualization
Discussion: Core Security, Zero Day and eWeek
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
eBay shrugs off strike by sellers, 13% drop in new listings
Discussion: The Register and USA Today
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Voting is now open for the 2008 Webware 100!
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blog Recommendation Startup Outbrain Raises $5 Million
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Could Microsoft Lower Its Bid?