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2:00 PM ET, February 27, 2008

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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.
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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.
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU Fines Microsoft Record $1.3B
Discussion: Salon
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.
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eWeek:
Microsoft Enters Virtualization with Windows Server
Discussion: CNET News.com and Inquirer
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
A Second Shot: Windows Vista SP1
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the update for Windows Vista
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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 …
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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: Profy.Com
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Dopplr Blog
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Says MacBook and MacBook Pro Battery Life Has Improved Slightly  —  UPDATE: We've been trying to understand the new Apple Macbook Pro battery life ratings compared to the old models.  It's been hard to quantify generational differences because Apple is now testing using …
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Nortel Posts Loss and Plans More Job Cuts  —  OTTAWA — Nortel Networks, the telecommunications company long plagued by bookkeeping troubles, reported a $957 million loss for 2007, largely because of a huge accounting adjustment.  The company also said it would cut 2,100 jobs and move 1,000 others, mostly to China and Turkey.
TrustedReviews Mobile Phones Feed:
Panasonic Creates 3.5in LCD Viera TV Phone  —  As part of the revamp which saw Matsushita rebrand under its more familiar name Panasonic last week, the monolith organisation has released its first Viera-tagged TV focused mobile phone.  —  Dubbed the ‘P905iTV’, the handset certainly makes …
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Report: Hackers swipe FTP server credentials using SaaS  —  Finjan said it has uncovered a database with more than 8,700 FTP account credentials-user name, password and server address-that allow hackers to compromise security and deliver malware as a service.
Discussion: eWeek, Computerworld and Finjan
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
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Discussion: IDG News Service
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google: OpenSocial on Orkut is coming, we promise, pinky-swear
Discussion: The Social Times
DailyTech:
Intel Roadmaps Outline Centrino 2 Platform This June
Raju Vegesna / Zoho Blogs:
Zoho Writer Update: DocX Support, Thesaurus, Group Sharing & More
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TMZ Moves Celeb Gossip Into MySpaceTV
Discussion: Mashable!
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ad Agencies Are Starting to Bet for the House
Grant Crowell / Search Engine Land:
In-Depth With EveryZing Chief Revenue Officer Stephen Baker
Scott McMullan / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Announcing the Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo Reveals (Some) Details About Its Ad Plans
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Now Yahoo Mail is having problems
Discussion: Web Worker Daily
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
VMware's security strategy: Cut hackers off at the hypervisor
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook's new face: What does it need to accomplish?
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Working to Deploy iPhones at Universities
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Facebook film ad pulled over violence
Darren Waters / BBC:
Morphing Nokia  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba's 815T PB on Softbank threatens humanity
Henry Work / TechCrunch:
Yelp Raises $15 Million Fourth Round, Rumored Valuation $200 Million