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3:50 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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Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung Electronics Focusing More on Blu-ray Format  —  Samsung Electronics is expected to accelerate its ongoing efforts to strengthen Blu-ray products since Toshiba virtually pulled the plug on its HD DVD products.  —  “Samsung is expected to show more interests in Blu-ray products than rival HD DVDs …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Pocket-lint.co.uk
Kenneth Maxwell / MarketWatch:
Toshiba shares surge as company studies future of HD-DVD format
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
HD-DVD - They think it's all over  —  The message from Japan …
Discussion: Digital Daily and All News Feeds
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Toshiba expected to announce death of HD DVD tomorrow, stop sales by March
Discussion: Orbitcast and Digg
BBC:
Toshiba climbs on ‘HD DVD exit’
Discussion: Ars Technica and Engadget
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Maker Sues Motorola  —  Research in Motion is suing rival Motorola, alleging that the company infringed on several of its patents and tried to extract “excessive licensing” fees from patents Motorola owns.
Bloomberg:
Research In Motion, Motorola Trade Suits Over Patents
Discussion: SMS Text News
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 …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
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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 …
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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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.
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: iPhones, iPod to be $100 cheaper very soon?  —  Are you one who's been wanting that iPhone or iPod Touch but on a budget?  You might be in luck within the next two months, there are rumors (of course) swirling that Apple is planning a $100 price drop across the board.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Karl / DSLreports:
Intel To Throw $2 Billion At Xohm - Sprint, Clearwire joint venture looms...  Last November, Sprint scrapped a deal with Clearwire that would have seen the two companies splitting the build cost of a nationwide WiMax broadband network 65/35, while allowing users to easily roam between the two networks.
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
 
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Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
Adobe goes after game developers with 3-D engine in Director 11
Discussion: BBC NEWS and CNET News.com
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK ISPs To Start Tracking Your Surfing To Serve You Ads
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
U.K.'s Elonex readies low-cost Linux laptop
Discussion: TechSpot News
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Advertisers Rankled by Network Fees
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
American Idol performances will be on iTunes
Discussion: Infinite Loop and iLounge
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
OQO opens online outlet store
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
ISP blunder exposes entire domain's worth of e-mail to FBI
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Adam Cohen / New York Times:
One Friend Facebook Hasn't Made Yet: Privacy Rights
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
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, Engadget and CrunchGear
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel Montevina platform to be named Centrino 2
 

 
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