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7:55 AM ET, February 15, 2008

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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Video Ads on Search Results Pages  —  Google has always had a love-hate relationship with advertising.  Its power and wealth come from the $16 billion a year of advertising that it sells.  Yet on its most important pages, the results from its Web search engine …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft reorg: Who's in; who's out  —  On February 14, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization affecting many of its divisions.  —  As with any Microsoft early-year reorg — which typically occur after the company's fiscal mid-year reviews — there are winners and losers.
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Microsoft Announces New, Expanded Roles for Key Executives  —  Fourteen leaders promoted as company matches leadership talent to expanding business priorities.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of executive promotions — seven new senior vice presidents and seven new corporate vice presidents …
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say  —  Company says no decision has been made  —  The format war has turned into a format death watch.  —  Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash …
Louise Story / New York Times:
4 News Companies Ally to Sell Ads on the Internet  —  Four large newspaper companies are joining forces to sell advertisements on the Internet, hoping that the combined heft of their Web sites will encourage large advertisers to spend more money.  —  Each of the four companies …
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NYT-Gannett-Trib-Hearst Combine Form Local Online Ad Sales Company quadrantONE
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?  —  First Scoble writes about something so amazing from Microsoft it makes him cry and will be world changing.  Then Long Zheng spots the above page via an email pitch linking to opensourcehero that redirects here.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii 2 and Xbox the Third hitting in 2010?  —  Those pesky analysts are at it again, and this time it's serious: Evan Wilson of Pacific Crest Securities says we can expect a sequel to the Wii in 2010, to be followed by a new Xbox later that year.  Obviously it's something on the minds …
Discussion: GameSpot and Joystiq
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
PR Wire Service to Journalists & Bloggers: We Don't Need You  —  We received an interesting email today from Business Wire, a press release wire service that Warren Buffett bought in March 2006.  Currently Business Wire is ranked about #32 on the Techmeme Leaderboard, which puts it above some top tech blogs …
Discussion: The Last Podcast, PR 2.0 and Blogcosm
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Your competition: The press release
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
LiveUniverse Buys Revver for More than a Song (about $5M)  —  Troubled video site Revver was bought by Brad Greenspan's LiveUniverse last night for a price “many multiples more” than the $500,000 to $1.5 million reported recently, according to a source close to the deal.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Why You Should Let Users Define Your App  —  There's an old well-worn addage that says, “The customer is always right.”  On the surface, it means that you should always strive to provide good customer service.  But on a deeper level, it means that if your customers do things with your service …
Discussion: Beth's Blog and New York Times
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Consumating Closing Quietly, Demonstrates Another Side of a Startup's Life  —  We like startups and innovation here at RWW so we try to pay attention to the news good and bad about what tech entrepreneurs are up to.  It certainly seemed strange then that almost no one but its users …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Zynga and SGN launch ad networks for game developers on social networks  —  Want to play more games on Facebook?  Well, some fast-moving start-ups are banking on it — and are enticing you to play new games by luring you with advertising.  It's the latest way entrepreneur are trying …
Discussion: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Palm Centro unboxing!  —  We're not really sure where to begin...It's the Palm Centro on AT&T. You know the Centro, right?  Outdated OS, tiny, miniscule puke-lime-green keyboard, EDGE, camera, and phone.  We didn't get a solid feel for pricing when it launches on February 19th, but we've heard $99 and $149 for a 2-year agreement.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Gadgetell and PalmAddicts
Jason Bush / Business Week:
The Blogging Czar of Moscow  —  How American Andrew Paulson is building a growing Internet empire in Russia  —  Andrew Paulson has a knack for spinning chance encounters with the rich and famous into business opportunities.  In the late '80s the New Haven native carved out a career …
Discussion: Quintura blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: YouTube is from Mars, streaming video is from Venus  —  There is a gender split when it comes to preferences in online video, according to new data from market research group Nielsen Online.  While streams of network TV shows have proven to be pretty popular among women …
David Benjamin / EE Times:
Users' love affair with iPhone stumps Mobile World panel  —  BARCELONA, Spain — A blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain agreed that the best recent advance in the mobile telecommunications user space came …
Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop  —  The superslim ThinkPad X300 is Lenovo's bid for leadership in the high-stakes world of laptops  —  “Phyllis!  Get me one of those interoffice mail envelopes!”  —  It was just after lunchtime on Jan. 15, and Peter Hortensius was storming through the cubicles …
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New and Promising BitTorrent Sites
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader?
Discussion: TeleRead
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Princeton's tiny Bluetooth adapter with big 300-foot range
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction
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UK's Holiday Watchdog Site Bought By TripAdviser
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo estimates it lost $975m worldwide in 2007 due to piracy
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.
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 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Xbox 360 failure rates worse than most consumer electronics
Discussion: Engadget and Joystiq
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: Online Community Best Practices
Discussion: Running With Foxes
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tom Coates: Web of Data
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A Data Point on Every Block
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Apple users, meet The Continental
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Vivid Entertainment Head Steven Hirsch Calls on Yahoo and Google …
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SCO Plans Rebound Thanks to $100M Lifeline
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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