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11:20 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
IDG News Service:
Toshiba Shares Surge on Talk of HD DVD Surrender
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Eric / Photography Bay:
DSLR “Movie Mode” Patent  —  With the pervasiveness of Live View modes from DSLR makers, it is only a matter of time before similar technology brings a “movie mode” to DSLRs.  While the ability to record video is a common feature among point & shoot cameras, technological challenges …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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 …
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, Engadget, jkOnTheRun and Gadget Lab
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: CrunchGear, MacUser and Engadget
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Verizon to offer unlimited voice, data, and messaging packages  —  We've gotten a flood of tips that the notoriously miserly Verizon is lining things up to offer unlimited calling plans.  Starting Tuesday the 19th (of this month) should see the following plans sprout up:  — $100 - Nationwide Unlimited (voice)
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Mary Anne Simpson / PhysOrg.com:
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