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3:25 PM ET, February 18, 2008

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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 …
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  —  Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — Motorola Inc. and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. sued one another over mobile-phone patents, each claiming their competitor is using handset technology without permission.
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.
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
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.
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
 
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
U.K.'s Elonex readies low-cost Linux laptop
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Rumor: iPhones, iPod to be $100 cheaper very soon?
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Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
American Idol performances will be on iTunes
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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, CrunchGear and Engadget
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