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1:45 PM 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
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
BBC:
Toshiba climbs on ‘HD DVD exit’
Discussion: Engadget and Ars Technica
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.
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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 …
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Alibaba, Beijing Fear Microsoft's Business Tactics
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.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
MacBook Air - Light and Heavy  —  It started so badly.  My first few hours with the MacBook Air were full of frustration as I struggled - and failed - to import data and settings from my old computer.  To make this ultra-slim laptop fit into its aluminium casing Apple has had to chuck a lot overboard …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Colorware attacks MacBook Air with crayons, comes out with 35 flavors
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Nick/MTVN Buys Sites for Mom, Dad; Starts Ad Net  —  MTV Networks is adding to its brood.  In a series of moves aimed at expanding the Nickelodeon/MTVN kids and family group's footprint in the parenting category, the company has acquired Babunga, a network of niche Web sites aimed at expectant mothers …
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 …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
American Idol performances will be on iTunes  —  Aren't American Idol ratings way down this year?  That's what the Drudge headlines read, I think.  That might explain why you'll soon be able to download Idol performances on iTunes.  —  The show's creators/rpducers/hangers-on have cut …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com & Dogpile Suit Up for Presidents Day: Google, Yahoo Don't  —  Google & Yahoo typically do not show off any special logo for President's Day, which is today.  But Ask.com and Dogpile are both showing off special logos and themes for the day.  —  Here is Ask.com:
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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.
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 …
Paul Graham:
Six Principles for Making New Things  —  The fiery reaction to the release of Arc had an unexpected consequence: it made me realize I had a design philosophy.  The main complaint of the more articulate critics was that Arc seemed so flimsy.  After years of working on it …
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
One Friend Facebook Hasn't Made Yet: Privacy Rights  —  A co-worker apologized to me recently for being slow on a task.  “It's probably just your insomnia from last night,” I said.  She was confused about how I knew, but I reminded her we were Facebook friends, and that she had posted a “status update” about her sleeplessness.
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
 
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Eric Pfanner / International Herald Tribune:
Providers get a piece of ad income
Discussion: Techdirt and All News Feeds
Karl / DSLreports:
Intel To Throw $2 Billion At Xohm - Sprint, Clearwire joint venture looms...
Discussion: Electronista
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
OQO opens online outlet store
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Bradley Johnson / AdAge:
Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
ISP blunder exposes entire domain's worth of e-mail to FBI
Discussion: The Register
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iBand Jams with iPhone and Nintendo DS, Lacks Ringo Starr
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Destructoid
Neg Norton / Search Engine Land:
Micro-hoo, AOL-hoo, Goog-hoo: The Internet Yellow Pages Perspective
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Samsung shipping ultra-fast SATA II SSD drives in time for MacBook Pro rollout?
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Eric / Photography Bay:
DSLR “Movie Mode” Patent
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Mary Anne Simpson / PhysOrg.com:
Wearable Robotics Aid Construction Workers
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Ajit / Open Gardens:
Mobile Youth is a myth ..
Discussion: About Mobility
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Exclusive: Leapfrog Crammer, an MP3 Player for Students
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Verizon to offer unlimited voice, data, and messaging packages
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel Montevina platform to be named Centrino 2
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The Problem with Social Media Marketing
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Smugglers Return iPhones to China
 

 
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