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11:40 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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BBC:
EU fines Microsoft record $1.4bn  —  The European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour.  —  Microsoft must now pay a record 899 million euros ($1.4bn; £680.9m) after it failed to comply with a 2004 ruling that it abused its position.
John Oates / The Register:
EC jacks up Microsoft fine by €899m
MarketWatch:
European regulator fines Microsoft $1.35 billion
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook's new face: What does it need to accomplish?  —  Facebook has previewed a new profile page that cleans up a good amount of clutter on the page by creating tabs for users to put their wall items, personal information and photos.  —  These improvements are a no brainer.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Facebook Profile Tabs Lead to Better Apps?
Discussion: 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.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Distributed Mass Customization: Is Etsy the Next eBay?  —  A lot of people scratched their heads when Etsy raised $27 million.  What on earth?  Handmade goods, that's about as low tech as you can get!  —  Then Umair Haque, a well respected blogger and strategist - albeit one who is known for being a bit …
Discussion: Things That
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Morphing Nokia  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco  —  Nokia is the world's largest mobile phone maker and with more than one billion handsets shipped is by extension the world's largest computing platform.  —  Every day Nokia sources 329 million parts and builds …
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone Haptic Keyboard Prototype debuts  —  For quite some time, people have been asking for a haptic keyboard on the iPhone — a way to produce tactile feedback when a user taps or hovers over a key.  If you've used the Wii, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about.
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and PalmAddicts
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.
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
 
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Joshua Greenbaum / Enterprise Anti-matter:
SAP Takes A Swing at Oracle
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Eurekster Debuts Improved Swicki Results Pages
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the update for Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Al De Leon / PlayStation.Blog:
Destination PlayStation News: MGS PS3 Bundle, Kratos PSP and DualShock3 Release Date
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
A Qwest for survival  —  newsmaker Qwest Communications International …
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Calore / Compiler:
Adobe's Kevin Lynch on AIR's Open-Source Road to the Desktop
Discussion: The Open Road and JD on EP
Market Wire:
New Research Shows Overall Yellow Pages Usage Growing …
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook film ad pulled over violence
Discussion: All Facebook and LEWIS 360°
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba's 815T PB on Softbank threatens humanity
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Spy gadget recovers deleted text messages
MSNBC:
Electron filmed in motion for the first time
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Highflier Loses Altitude as Google's Clicks Go Flat
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Life Encyclopedia: Too Popular to Live
Discussion: Slashdot and Wikinomics
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Not Ready to Pay for TV Time, a Mexican Beer Goes Online
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Gotcha, CAPTCHA! Gmail bot detector system cracked