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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Homeless Stunt Worked So Well It's Time For An Encore  —  Most companies target early adopters with their new products, hoping those users will tell all of their friends all about it.  But not GrandCentral, the company Google acquired for $50 million in July 2007.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Sites the Next Sharepoint?  Maybe Not....Why Google Apps Could Lose the Enterprise Market  —  Lately, we've been discussing the concept of tech populism and the how enterprises are moving towards a more people-centric focus when it comes to their IT infrastructure.
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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 …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
“Vista Capable” logo - what went wrong?  —  Now that a federal judge has unsealed nearly 160 pages of internal Microsoft emails which have been used to support the plaintiffs' lawsuit relating to the “Windows Vista Capable” program we can start to get a clearer picture of how the logo program went wrong.
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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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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
3G iPhone to launch mid-year with Infineon chip - report  —  Current iPhone baseband supplier Infineon will provide Apple with a new chip solution for its next-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch by mid-year, investment bank UBS said Thursday.  —  In a research note to clients …
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
NBC's Zucker explains why he thought he could push Steve Jobs around  —  NBC Universal head Jeff Zucker told a hall full of future Harvard MBAs yesterday that Steve Jobs booted NBC television from the iTunes store last summer because Zucker merely asked to experiment with show pricing.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
NBC Jeff Zucker Dishes on Strike, Hulu, iTunes, Kitchen Sink
Discussion: Digital Daily and CinemaTech
Melissa Gira Grant / Valleywag:
Marissa Mayer not really that kinky  —  I tried not to go there, really I did: San Francisco magazine's profile of Google cupcake princess Marissa Mayer is titled “Googirl”.  I'm guessing they didn't actually Google “googirl” before publishing.  But if Marissa really is Google's googirl?  You go, girl.
Discussion: sanfranmag.com and Epicenter
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 from the labels.
Vladimir Vukievi:
Finding the OS X Turbo Button  —  Some of you may have noticed that the Firefox 3 nightly builds have felt a lot snappier since a few weeks ago.  There's an interesting story in that, one that I finally have time to write up.  We've had a number of bugs on the Mac where people were complaining …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and Asa Dotzler
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Stop!  Why It Still Isn't Safe to Buy Blu-ray  —  By now you know waaaaay too much about Toshiba's format-war surrender, the death of HD DVD at the hands of the larger Blu-ray armada.  You may even be eying the Blu-ray players mounted proudly in point-of-sale displays at Best Buy or Wal-Mart.
Discussion: Crave
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
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Guidelines for competing with Twitter  —  Every time Twitter goes down I think of how can we create something to use when Twitter is down.  —  There's a difference these days, because there's serious talk among developers about whether or how to compete.  Earlier this week at lunch with one of them …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikia Open Sources Social Networking - Focused Networking 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.
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Harvard, MySpace spearhead Internet safety task force
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Is Dell biz model yesterday's story?
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
IDG News Service:
Intel Plans Dual-Core Version of Diamondville
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Dell Earnings Bad—Wait—No, Not Really, Let Me Figure This Out
Discussion: New York Times
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Want to Win Google's Love? Pony Up the Cash
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft: The EU's ATM Machine
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Congress worries that .gov monitoring will spy on Americans
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
More Corruption Bugs Plague Windows Home Server
Discussion: TechSpot News
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay Settles Its Patent Dispute
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com: Why the model is working
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and eWeek
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
2 more Facebook Platform updates this week making it harder for developers
Discussion: All Facebook
InfoWorld:
PayPal warns: Steer clear of Apple's Safari browser
GamesIndustry.biz:
$1 billion investment needed to take on World of Warcraft -Kotick