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7:15 PM ET, February 27, 2008

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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple planning iPhone SDK event March 6  —  Apple distributed invitations Wednesday morning for “an iPhone software road map” event next week, which means we're finally going to hear details on the plans for an iPhone software development kit.  —  As you might be aware, next week is March …
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Event on March 6 about iPhone SDK, enterprise  —  The SDK may be late, but it won't be that late if Apple is inviting media to the bay area on March 6 for an iPhone Software Roadmap event.  That's right: the company sent out invitations this morning inviting members of the press …
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Apple versus RIM: Now it's Game On
Discussion: CNET News.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Loses Mobile Giant Opera to Google; Did Google Just Buy a Mobile Browser?  —  Starting on the first of next month, the widely popular mobile browser Opera will switch from offering Yahoo! to using Google as its default search engine.  While Yahoo! has its own relatively sophisticated mobile offerings …
Discussion: Webware.com and Profy.Com
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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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
About.com CEO Scott Meyer To Leave  —  Scott Meyer, the CEO of About.com, part of New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT), is leaving by next week, our sources say, and has been confirmed by the company.  His last day will be Thursday next week.  No replacement is being named now.
Computerworld:
Finjan uncovers database storing more than 8,700 stolen FTP credentials  —  Security vendor Finjan has uncovered a data hoard containing more than 8,700 stolen FTP server credentials, including information from more than 2,500 U.S. companies.  —  Secrets of rock star programmers
Discussion: Threat Chaos, The Register and Digg
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Report: Hackers swipe FTP server credentials using SaaS
Discussion: eWeek and Finjan
CNET News.com:
Data-mining detects the disaffected  —  Posted by Mark Rutherford Post a comment  —  Here's another reason to get off that anti-social kick and get with the networking.  —  The Air Force is developing a data-mining technology meant to root out disaffected insiders based on their email activity …
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Danger Room / Wired:
Air Force Blocks Access to Many Blogs
Discussion: yelvington.com
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Wikileaks gets legal help after domain name deletion  —  Wikileaks.org, a Web site that specializes in posting leaked documents often provided by whistleblowers, had its domain name yanked by a federal judge in California earlier this month.  —  Now Wikileaks is receiving some independent legal support …
Discussion: Threat Chaos
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What made me cry: Microsoft's World Wide Telescope  —  Lots of people are asking me questions about what made me cry at Microsoft a few weeks ago.  —  If I told you “a telescope” you'd make fun of me, right?  Tell me I'm lame and that I don't deserve to be a geek and that I should run away and join the circus, right?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Tim Berners-Lee Says the Time for the Semantic Web is Now  —  In an hour long interview posted today about the Semantic Web, W3C Director Tim Berners-Lee says all the pieces are in place to move full steam ahead and realize the potential of a world of structured, machine readable data.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Semantic Web is open for business
Discussion: Nodalities and Bb's RealTech
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Esther Dyson on The Coming Ad Revolution  —  Reston: Esther is going to invest in Dopplr, because sociality changes the way that advertising works: … I wrote years ago that in the future, all e-commerce would be socialized.  Lools like we are about to pass over that horizon.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook adds features to lure in filmmakers  —  update: Nick follows up, and notes the addition of Facebook Music too.  —  Facebook is making moves on Hollywood.  The company has introduced a new fan “Page,” called Facebook Film.  It's a template of a Facebook Page that comes loaded …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Music and Movies Goes Live!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Yael Gruntman / Globes Online:
Microsoft buys Israeli ad targeting co YaData  —  Microsoft Israel R&D Center president Moshe Lichtman: I am convinced that their contribution to the Israeli R&D center and to Microsoft globally will be significant.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired Israeli start-up YaData Ltd. …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kijiji Talks Smack About Craigslist: “We Will Be No. 1 In the U.S.”  —  Why can't brothers and sisters just get along?  As I noted earlier this month, eBay's free classifieds site Kijiji is coming on strong since its launch in the U.S. last summer.  Of course, eBay owns 25 percent of Craigslist …
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Update: DocX Support, Thesaurus, Group Sharing & More  —  After adding business friendly features like Pagination, Headers & Footers, Headnotes & Footnotes, Offline Support etc in our previous updates, we are further enhancing Zoho Writer functionalities with today's update.
QuadsZilla / SEO BlackHat:
The Real Story: Why ComScore's Google Clicks are Flat  —  GOOG has fallen from a high of $747 a share to less than $450 intra day yesterday.  The latest 10% or so drop comes as comScore reports that clicks on Google ads in the United States were flat in January when compared with a year earlier.
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.
 
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Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
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Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
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BBC:
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CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
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