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2:15 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 …
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 …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Colorware attacks MacBook Air with crayons, comes out with 35 flavors
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
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 …
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Pierre / Dailymotion Blog:   Dailymotion - in High Definition, in a new player!
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 …
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.
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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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Update: Full Lineup of Verizon Wireless Unlimited Plans
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
RIM and Motorola suing each other for patent infringment  —  We're not sure Motorola's turnaround strategy should involve picking legal fights with an undisputed market leader, but now that CEO Greg Brown's personally in charge, it looks like the gloves are off — Moto's just filed …
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
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 …
Discussion: Andy Beard
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 …
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
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 …
 
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: iPhones, iPod to be $100 cheaper very soon?
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Intel To Throw $2 Billion At Xohm - Sprint, Clearwire joint venture looms...
Discussion: Electronista
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Samsung shipping ultra-fast SATA II SSD drives in time for MacBook Pro rollout?
Discussion: Macworld UK
Eric / Photography Bay:
DSLR “Movie Mode” Patent
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Mary Anne Simpson / PhysOrg.com:
Wearable Robotics Aid Construction Workers
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Darren Waters / BBC:
Game creators look to the future
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