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5:45 PM ET, February 18, 2008

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BBC:
Whistle-blower site taken offline  —  A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.  —  Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did A California Court Hide All Of WikiLeaks Over A Single Document?  —  Over a year ago, we wrote about the Wikileaks project, designed to allow government and company officials to anonymously leak documents as a way of whistleblowing questionable activities.  Apparently, it's been quite successful at times.
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
This Site Full Of Leaked Documents Is So Good, The Government Just Broke The Constitution To Shut It Down  —  I hadn't heard of Wikileaks until a California judge granted an injunction against the site, where anyone can upload a leaked document, shutting it down summarily at the request of Bank Julius Baer.
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
HD-DVD - They think it's all over  —  The message from Japan this morning is that the HD format war isn't over - Toshiba says “We are currently assessing our business strategies, but nothing has been decided at this moment.”  But you'll struggle to find anyone in the business who believes …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft holding off on HD DVD reaction, thinks “games” sell consoles  —  Microsoft hit us up with a statement today regarding its Xbox 360 HD DVD player in light of the format's current woes.  The company seems to think the news won't have “any material impact on the Xbox 360 platform or our position in the marketplace.”
Kenneth Maxwell / MarketWatch:
Toshiba shares surge as company studies future of HD-DVD format
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
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: VentureBeat, Beet.TV and Electronista
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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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:   HD rich media continues to bloom
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.
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Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
MacBook Air: Rambling First Impressions (PG!)  —  Lots of people have asked for my impressions, so I thought I'd post a more sober (literally) look at life with my little MacBook Air.  With no cussing!  —  • It feels really nice, like a pebble.  A large, smooth pebble, from a stream.
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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.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Intel writing massive check for Sprint-Clearwire WiMAX deal
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results  —  As of this weekend, Yahoo started to filter some of Pirate Bay's pages.  For some mysterious reason, several pages from the tracker disappeared from Yahoo's index.  Unintentionally or not, a search for “The Pirate Bay” doesn't show a link …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Valleywag
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.
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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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Update: Full Lineup of Verizon Wireless Unlimited Plans  —  This past Saturday we told you about Verizon Wireless' plans to offer an unlimited voice option starting Tuesday, February 19.  Now, additional details have emerged and it looks like Verizon is going for the gusto.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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BBC:
‘Cancer link’ to heavy mobile use  —  Heavy mobile phone use may be linked to an increased risk of cancer of the salivary gland, a study suggests.  —  Researchers looked at 500 Israelis who had developed the condition and compared their mobile phone usage with 1,300 healthy controls.
Discussion: All News Feeds
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.
 
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Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Reaching for the Sky Through The Compute Clouds
John Reed / Financial Times:
Tesla to raise $250m for electric cars
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Excites With New Motherboard
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
HP shipping iPAQ 210 PDA with big VGA touchscreen
Discussion: Engadget
Martin LaMonica / Webware.com:
Adobe goes after game developers with 3D 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
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Advertisers Rankled by Network Fees
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
American Idol performances will be on iTunes
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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
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Social Design Strategy at SXSW
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com & Dogpile Suit Up for Presidents Day: Google, Yahoo Don't
Discussion: WebProNews and InsideGoogle
Adam Cohen / New York Times:
One Friend Facebook Hasn't Made Yet: Privacy Rights
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Nick/MTVN Buys Sites for Mom, Dad; Starts Ad Net
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