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9:45 AM ET, February 18, 2008

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David Richards / Smarthouse:
Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft  —  Rumours were circulating today that Microsoft is set to dump HD DVD and bring out a Blu ray Xbox 360 by as early as May 2008.  The move will allow the Company to go head to head with the Sony PS3 gaming console which has been credited …
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Kenneth Maxwell / MarketWatch:
Toshiba shares surge as company studies future of HD-DVD format  —  TOKYO (Dow Jones)—Shares in Toshiba Corp. (6502.TO) moved sharply higher in early trading Monday as investors and analysts welcomed signals from the electronics company that it's reconsidering whether it's worth plowing …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Fred Wilson - Hypocritical, Wrong and Conflicted  —  Fred Wilson lit a fire today suggesting that certain bloggers need to step it up a notch to improve quality and be more like mainstream journalists.  —  A fair point if spoken generally, although I'd argue that the quality of reporting done …
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Fred / A VC:
Journabloggers Should Do Their Work Too
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Start-Up Says It Can Predict Others' Fate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Is your start-up worthy of investment?  Ask the venture investor in a box.  —  Two former Oxford University students are getting attention (and seed money) in Silicon Valley for developing new technology that automates aspects …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Board, Dazed and, Of Course, Confused  —  That was, of course, the premise of a piece done late last week by the New York Post with the hyped headline, “Board Bucks Yang,” as if the Yahoo co-founder were some incompetent cowboy and the board a spirited mustang.  —  As if.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Game creators look to the future  —  The developers of some of the world's most popular video games are in San Francisco this week to discuss the future of the industry.  —  They will look back on one of their most successful years and discuss tackling the challenges ahead.
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Game Developers Conference kicks off
Discussion: CNET News.com
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel Montevina platform to be named Centrino 2  —  Intel is planning to rename its brand name for the upcoming notebook Montevina platform to Centrino 2 in order to clear up confusion for consumers, according to sources at notebook makers.  —  Intel has used the brand name Centrino …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Verizon adding $99 unlimited voice  —  Verizon is setting to offer an all-you-can-talk voice plan for $99.  Word is it's to launch on Tuesday, with ads popping up randomly on USA Today's website, among others.  This is hardly surprising as unlimited plans are the next logical step for carriers if they want to stay competitive.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Verizon to offer unlimited voice, data, and messaging packages
David Barboza / New York Times:
Smugglers Return iPhones to China  —  SHANGHAI — Factories here churn out iPhones that are exported to the United States and Europe.  Then thousands of them are smuggled right back into China.  —  The strange journey of Apple's popular iPhone, to nearly every corner of the world …
New York Times:
Of All the Hurdles to a Merger, View on Technology Is the Highest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If Microsoft succeeds in its conquest of Yahoo, what then?  —  Microsoft would face the task of integrating the culture of Yahoo into its own.  Merging corporate cultures is generally a major undertaking in any acquisition.
Kirby Chien / eWeek:
Source: Chinese Internet Firm Wants Voice in Microsoft/Yahoo Talks  —  Alibaba Group, in which Yahoo holds a 39 percent stake, wants a stronger voice in the talks between Microsoft and Yahoo to influence how shares would be transferred to any new owner.  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group …
Discussion: WebProNews and Yahoo! Finance
Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
Safari HD is now available  —  3 cheers for Brandon Holland!  Safari HD is officially released.  Now you can browse the web right on your big screen TV from the comfort of your couch.  —  Safari HD is available for both Apple TV 1.1 and 2.0.  All you need is an ssh-enabled Apple TV.
Discussion: MacUser and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitxr - Like Twitter, With Pictures.  Yeah, It's Photoblogging.  —  FON (better known for building a WiFi community) launched Twitxr today through their FON Labs group.  Basically, it's Twitter but allows picture uploads when sending a message (which makes it particularly useful for camera phones).
Discussion: PDA, Joe Duck and Scripting News
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Martin Varsavsky:
Fon Labs launches Twitxr for the iPhone and all computers
Discussion: FON Blog and Mashable!
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Exclusive: Leapfrog Crammer, an MP3 Player for Students  —  Although Leapfrog had recently shown off their two new handheld gaming systems, the Leapster 2 and Didj, one new product they haven't yet announced—until now—is the “Crammer,” a 1GB portable media player with the ability …
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
 
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