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10:00 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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: Download Squad
Peppi Kiviniemi / Wall Street Journal:
EU Fines Microsoft $1.35 Billion  —  BRUSSELS — The European Commission fined Microsoft Corp. a record €899 million, or $1.35 billion, for failing to comply with the commission's 2004 antitrust ruling.  —  The commission said that, until Oct. 22, 2007, Microsoft had charged …
Discussion: RSS
BBC:
EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Rev2.org
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.
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
Discussion: p2pnet, TechSpot News and P2P Blog
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 …
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show and Joe Duck
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google's Clicks Go Flat  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Are Internet users clicking on fewer Goggle ads and putting the company's growth prospects at risk?  —  Those questions are weighing on investors, who have cut the value of Google shares by 38 percent since they peaked at $747.24 in early November.
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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 …
Discussion: Slashdot and Wikinomics
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
A Qwest for survival  —  newsmaker Qwest Communications International is looking for new partners to help it plug the hole the company has in wireless, according to Edward Mueller, the company's CEO.  —  Mueller, who took the reigns at Qwest only about six months ago, addressed a packed house …
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Adobe's Kevin Lynch on AIR's Open-Source Road to the Desktop  —  This week, Adobe released version 1.0 of it's Adobe Integrated Runtime (or AIR for short) a mechanism that allows applications created for the internet to run on the desktop completely independent of the web browser and across multiple operating systems.
Discussion: The Open Road and JD on EP
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: More On New Macs, Higher Margins, Weak iPods and iPhones; Where Has Steve Jobs Been Flying?  —  The Street is feeling chatty today about Apple (AAPL) today, and there's lots to talk about.  The analysts are musing on the announcement today of a refresh of the MacBook and MacBook Pro line …
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EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission imposes € 899 million penalty on Microsoft …
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IT Week:
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