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10:30 AM ET, February 27, 2008

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InfoWorld:
Update: EU fines Microsoft another $1.3 billion for antitrust abuse  —  The European Commission fined Microsoft a massive €899 million ($1.3 billion) for continued failure to honor the 2004 antitrust ruling against it, Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes said Wednesday.
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John Oates / The Register:
EC jacks up Microsoft fine by €899m  —  First company ever fined for failure to comply  —  The European Commission has added another €899m ($1.35bn) to the fine Microsoft must pay for failing to comply with the original anti-trust ruling in 2004.  —  The fine covers the period from the 2004 decision to 22 October, 2007.
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
EU Fines Microsoft $1.35 Billion  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union fined Microsoft Corp. €899 million ($1.35 billion) for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust order, tying up a remaining loose end in the EU's landmark case.  —  It won't be the end of Microsoft's saga in Europe.
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New York Times:
Europe Fines Microsoft $1.3 Billion  —  BRUSSELS —European antitrust regulators on Wednesday fined Microsoft $1.3 billion for failing to comply with a 2004 judgment that the company had abused its market dominance.  The new fine by the European Commission was the largest it has ever imposed …
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BBC:
EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Gets More Orderly: Multi-Tab For Profiles  —  Facebook has always had much cleaner, less chaotic profile pages than “anything goes” competitor MySpace (MySpace continues to experiment with less chaotic default themes).  Facebook just seems to like things to stay orderly and structured on their site.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Facebook Profile Tabs Lead to Better Apps?  —  One of the big social news stories this evening was Facebook's announcement that it is actively working on a redesign to user profiles that would break the profile page down into three, main tabbed components.
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Fred / A VC:
Thinking About GOOG This Morning  —  On Monday, I bought some more GOOG (and some more AAPL).  I explained my rationale for both trades in this twitter post.  I went into even more detail on the Google purchase in this covestor post.  —  I was busy yesterday and not paying attention to techmeme …
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
AOL CEO Randy Falco: Microsoft-Yahoo a Mistake  —  Happy to Let Them Fight Google on Search and Leave Display Ads to Him  —  PHOENIX (AdAge.com) — AOL CEO Randy Falco thinks a potential merger between Microsoft and Yahoo to compete with Google is all about search — and a mistake.
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million  —  Yelp, the popular local review site, will soon announce a new $15 million dollar round of financing led by DAG Ventures.  The valuation is rumored to be in the $200 million range.  Yelp says that they will be using …
How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Speed Up Windows Vista  —  The flash and polish of Windows Vista seduced you, but so far the glamorous interface is just sucking the life out of your PC.  Fear not, this guide has everything you need to turn Vista into the beautiful *and* speedy OS you were dreaming of.
Portfolio.com:
Comcast Astroturfs the Old-Fashioned Way  —  How big are the stakes in the so-called network neutrality debate now raging before Congress and federal regulators?  —  Consider this: One side in the debate actually went to the trouble of hiring people off the street to pack …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast denies crowd shaping, crowd delaying at FCC hearing
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Opera:
Opera brings Google search to your pocket  —  Google is now the default search option in Opera's industry-leading mobile browsers  —  Opera today made Google™ the default search engine in Opera's mobile Web browsers.  Now anyone using Opera Mobile or Opera Mini can access Google's …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working to Deploy iPhones at Universities  —  Abilene Christian University (ACU) announced yesterday that they would be issuing iPhones or iPod Touches to incoming freshman for use in their college courses and day to day lives.  —  At ACU - the first university in the nation to provide …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
When will iTunes replace Wal-Mart as No. 1 music retailer?  —  Apple's iTunes will likely whip past Wal-Mart Stores to become the largest U.S. music retailer sometime this year.  —  The NPD Group issued a report Tuesday that said Apple had outpaced Best Buy and Target to become the No. 2 U.S. music retailer.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Life Encyclopedia: Too Popular to Live  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The concept of a comprehensive encyclopedia of life on the Internet proved too popular.  Its computers were overwhelmed and couldn't keep it alive when it debuted Tuesday.  —  The encyclopedia, which eventually …
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