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8:05 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 …
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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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 …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NYT-Gannett-Trib-Hearst Combine Form Local Online Ad Sales Company quadrantONE
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
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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 …
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
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.  —  It was somewhat overwhelming sifting through the barrage of reactions over the last 48 hours: “Thanks for all you've done”, “How could you?!”, “Congrats!”, etc.  It's fascinating to watch people react.
Discussion: Bits
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
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.
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?  —  Linda Stone is a former executive who worked at Apple and Microsoft.  Has been doing all sorts of research over the years and is probably most famous for coming up with the term “continuous partial attention.”  Which, basically, explains our behavior while using Twitter.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Xbox 360 failure rates worse than most consumer electronics  —  It has been clear for quite some time that there is something very wrong with the first batches of Xbox 360 hardware.  Users have dealt with overheating and the dreaded “red rings of death” since the system's release …
Discussion: 1UP.com
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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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New and Promising BitTorrent Sites
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Princeton's tiny Bluetooth adapter with big 300-foot range
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo estimates it lost $975m worldwide in 2007 due to piracy
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Jason Bush / Business Week:
The Blogging Czar of Moscow
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 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nielsen: YouTube is from Mars, streaming video is from Venus
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii 2 and Xbox the Third hitting in 2010?
Discussion: GameSpot and Joystiq
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Forrester Report: Online Community Best Practices
Discussion: Running With Foxes
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tom Coates: Web of Data
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Apple users, meet The Continental
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Vivid Entertainment Head Steven Hirsch Calls on Yahoo and Google …
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Palm Centro unboxing!