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11:26 PM ET, February 18, 2008

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BBC:
Whistle-blower site taken offline  —  A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.  —  Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did A California Court Hide All Of WikiLeaks Over A Single Document?  —  Over a year ago, we wrote about the Wikileaks project, designed to allow government and company officials to anonymously leak documents as a way of whistleblowing questionable activities.  Apparently, it's been quite successful at times.
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
This Site Full Of Leaked Documents Is So Good, The Government Just Broke The Constitution To Shut It Down  —  I hadn't heard of Wikileaks until a California judge granted an injunction against the site, where anyone can upload a leaked document, shutting it down summarily at the request of Bank Julius Baer.
Daily Kos:
Wikileaks Under Attack: California Court Wipes Wikileaks.org Out of Existence  —  One of the most important web sites in recent months has been Wikileaks.org.  Wikileaks has upset the Chinese government enough that they are attempting to censor it, as is the Thai military junta.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Announce WorldWide Telescope On February 27  —  A source close to Microsoft says the company will launch new desktop software called WorldWide Telescope on February 27 at the TED Conference in Monterey, California.  Our guess is that this is what Robert Scoble was talking …
Pierre / Dailymotion Blog:
Dailymotion - in High Definition, in a new player!  —  The best content deserves the highest quality video, and it is in this spirit that Dailymotion has always sought to privilege its outstanding creative community with superior encoding.  —  For more than a year-and-a-half …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
DailyMotion Adds HD Video - Is YouTube Falling Behind?  —  Leading French video sharing site DailyMotion announced this morning that it is now supporting HD video upload and playback.  It follows art-video site Vimeo, where HD was added in October.  —  YouTube's Steve Chen told Liz Gannes …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
HD-DVD - They think it's all over  —  The message from Japan this morning is that the HD format war isn't over - Toshiba says “We are currently assessing our business strategies, but nothing has been decided at this moment.”  But you'll struggle to find anyone in the business who believes …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ex-Apple Team To Launch Stealth Startup Fotonauts  —  A team of five former Apple software engineers, led by former Apple Exec Jean-Marie Hullot, have been working on a new stealth desktop/web photography focused startup called Fotonauts since late 2006.  Sometime in the next couple of months, they'll launch publicly.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Did Microsoft lie about top exec's departure?  —  The departure of Brian Valentine, a 19-year Microsoft veteran before he left in 2006, has always been a bit of a puzzle.  In August of that year, Microsoft management told his staff he was taking a new job within the company after shipping Windows Vista.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results  —  As of this weekend, Yahoo started to filter some of Pirate Bay's pages.  For some mysterious reason, several pages from the tracker disappeared from Yahoo's index.  Unintentionally or not, a search for “The Pirate Bay” doesn't show a link …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag, Techdirt and Digg
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Visually Track Your Appearance with Daily Mugshot  —  In 2000 artist Noah Kalina started taking a photo of himself every day.  In August 2006, he put together a nearly 6 minute video of these photos, chronicling over 2300 days, up on YouTube.  It has since been viewed over 8 million times …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The 7-Eleven deal: Could Yahoo Japan buy Yahoo?  —  In the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover battle, Yahoo's 40 percent stake in Yahoo Japan is treated as an afterthought: Spare goods to be sold off to boost shareholder returns.  But Yahoo Japan, in its home country, is Google, eBay, and Yahoo rolled into one.
Discussion: PDA, Guardian, Electronista and WebProNews
Cade Metz / The Register:
BitTorrent busts Comcast BitTorrent busting  —  Unhappy that Comcast is busting BitTorrents, BitTorrent has decided to bust this BitTorrent busting.  —  On Friday, as reported by TorrentFreak, a quartet of BitTorrent developers - including three staffers at BitTorrent Inc. …
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