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4:20 PM ET, February 28, 2008

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Sprint:
Sprint Launches Revolutionary $99.99 “Simply Everything(SM)” Plan  —  Plan Defines Simplicity, Offers Customers Unlimited Voice and Data  —  In an industry-defining move, Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced it will launch a domestic unlimited pricing plan that gives customers unlimited voice …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
What happens to WiMax with Sprint on the ropes?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Techland
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Sprint Posts $29.5 Billion Loss on Nextel Writedown
Discussion: Digital Daily and GigaOM
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sprint Nextel Q4 A Disaster, Things Going Nowhere Fast (S)
Discussion: Electronista
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Google Sites: What's all the fuss?  —  The launch of Google Sites is like the opening of a movie or play.  The critics (including myself) feast on it, churning out copy and opinions as to whether Google Sites is a Microsoft SharePoint killer or merely the McDonald's of wikis …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It Took 16 Months, But Google Relaunches Jotspot
Scott Johnston / Official Google Blog:
Bringing it all together
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
Google Sites - a ball dropped
Discussion: Between the Lines
Official Google Blog:
Google Health, a first look  —  It's been a busy week for the Google Health team.  Last week we announced our partnership and pilot with the Cleveland Clinic.  This week, the team has been at the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference in Orlando, Florida, where Eric
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Vaporware From Google Health. Just Launch It Already.
Discussion: Associated Press and WebProNews
MSNBC:
Google Gives All SF Homeless Free Voicemail  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Google has made an announcement that could help hundreds of homeless people in San Francisco get back on their feet.  —  Every single homeless person in the city will be given a life-long phone number and voicemail …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google offers SF homeless free voicemail: “Do no evil” or smart gimmick?  —  Google's motto “Do no evil” seems to be getting substantial weight behind it today as Google is announcing life-long phone numbers and voicemail for all of San Francisco's homeless population.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Electronista
Julian Guthrie / sanfranmag.com:
Googirl  —  The serious power and glam passions of Marissa Mayer, the gorgeously geeky Googler who's generating a new kind of Silicon Valley notoriety.  —  A week before Christmas, Marissa Mayer, the most closely watched woman in the most closely watched company in the world …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer gets the cupcake treatment
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Under the bonnet of Android  —  I had the chance this week to meet Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms.  —  He's the man behind Android, the open source operating system that is at the heart of the Open Handset Alliance.  —  He was kind enough to give me a demo of Android running on a handset and the video is here.
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Robot dreams  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, in San Francisco
CNN:
3G iPhone To Include Infineon Chip, Launch By Mid-Year: UBS  —  German chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG (IFX) likely will be supplying the new systems solution to Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) next-generation iPhone, UBS analysts told clients in a note published Thursday.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Revamps Design, Adds Status Updates  —  Thursday morning LinkedIn will roll out a new site-wide design featuring a tab-less header and a persistent left column with personal, account-related options.  —  LinkedIn is also adding status updates with which users can broadcast their current activities …
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Elliot Shmukler / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn's new redesigned homepage with Status
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikia Open Sources Social Networking - Focused Now Open to All  —  Wikia, the independent commercial wiki site founded by Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley, is releasing components of its very nice social networking toolset under the GNU General Public License 2.0.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Microsoft admits: we still haven't fixed Hotmail  —  Some Hotmail customers are still unable to log in, Microsoft admits, despite previously claiming that the problem was fixed  —  Microsoft has admitted that it still has not fixed the problem which has left tens of millions of Hotmail users unable …
Discussion: The Register and Mashable!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple: All signs point to a more business friendly iPhone  —  Apple has dropped some serious hints that its iPhone strategy will at least be tweaked-mostly in ways that will court business users.  —  First up, Apple has sent invitations for the launch of the iPhone SDK next week …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Keeps Settlement Money, Artists May Sue  —  Despite collecting an estimated several hundred million dollars in P2P related settlements from the likes of Napster, KaZaA and Bolt, prominent artists' managers are complaining that so far, they haven't received any compensation.
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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
ARTISTS SAY THEY WANT THEIR MUSIC SITE DOUGH
Discussion: p2pnet
GamesIndustry.biz:
$1 billion investment needed to take on World of Warcraft -Kotick  —  CEO admits MMOs could be “an insurmountable product category” for publishers  —  Speaking at an investor meeting, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said that he thinks it would take an investment of half a billion …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: Why the model is working
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: How to Hire for Social Computing; The Social …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC's Zucker explains why he thought he could push Steve Jobs around
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
Discussion: All Facebook and Valleywag
InfoWorld:
PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Disney takes big plunge into online video
Agam Shah / Network World:
McNealy: Telcos falling behind in Internet race
Discussion: CircleID
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Tablet users jump for joy over K-Sketch
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
George Ou:
Microsoft's free enterprise search is a must try
Mobile Entertainment:
The $250bn mobile ad market?
BBC:
Web desktop targets ‘cybernomads’
Discussion: Rough Type
Guardian:
Laptop sold on eBay hid confidential Home Office disc
Discussion: The Register
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