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1:15 AM ET, February 19, 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.
Daily Kos:
Wikileaks Under Attack: California Court Wipes Wikileaks.org Out of Existence  —  One of the most important web sites in recent months has been Wikileaks.org.  Wikileaks has upset the Chinese government enough that they are attempting to censor it, as is the Thai military junta.
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
This Site Full Of Leaked Documents Is So Good, The Government …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Announce WorldWide Telescope On February 27  —  A source close to Microsoft says the company will launch new desktop software called WorldWide Telescope on February 27 at the TED Conference in Monterey, California.  Our guess is that this is what Robert Scoble was talking …
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 …
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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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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Giving Away Free Developer Software To Students  —  Microsoft is announcing right now DreamSpark, a new program that gives free developer, designer and related software to college students in 10 countries.  DreamSpark goes live today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will YouNoodle Predict Its Own Inevitable Failure?  —  New startup YouNoodle debuted to some first class press coverage this morning - a headline in the NYTimes that reads “A Start-Up Says It Can Predict Others' Fate.”  The really choice quote from the article from CEO/co-founder Bob Goodson is this:
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The 7-Eleven deal: Could Yahoo Japan buy Yahoo?  —  In the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover battle, Yahoo's 40 percent stake in Yahoo Japan is treated as an afterthought: Spare goods to be sold off to boost shareholder returns.  But Yahoo Japan, in its home country, is Google, eBay, and Yahoo rolled into one.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Criticism of Unreserved Google Praise  —  Kevin Scott, former head of Google New York's search engineering group, at Friendfeed in response to another very positive article about Google writes (line breaks added for clarity, as there's no line breaks available at Friendfeed yet):
Discussion: Fast Company and louisgray.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ex-Apple Team To Launch Stealth Startup Fotonauts  —  A team of five former Apple software engineers, led by former Apple Exec Jean-Marie Hullot, have been working on a new stealth desktop/web photography focused startup called Fotonauts since late 2006.  Sometime in the next couple of months, they'll launch publicly.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Visually Track Your Appearance with Daily Mugshot  —  In 2000 artist Noah Kalina started taking a photo of himself every day.  In August 2006, he put together a nearly 6 minute video of these photos, chronicling over 2300 days, up on YouTube.  It has since been viewed over 8 million times …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Juicy Campus Lets Students Spread Gossip About Each Other  —  Juicy Campus is a site (social network?) receiving a large amount of press this month.  The idea is simple: each campus around the U.S. has a page and you can post whatever you like on it anonymously about students at that campus.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Did Microsoft lie about top exec's departure?  —  The departure of Brian Valentine, a 19-year Microsoft veteran before he left in 2006, has always been a bit of a puzzle.  In August of that year, Microsoft management told his staff he was taking a new job within the company after shipping Windows Vista.
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Song made from annoying Windows sounds
Discussion: Neatorama
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
With friends like these... how can Seesmic fail?
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Finland censors anti-censorship site
Discussion: EFFI, p2pnet and Slashdot
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New BotSniffer better able to detect foul stench of botnets
Karl / DSLreports:
ISPs Make a Tidy Profit Selling Your Browsing History …
Discussion: Web Analysis … and VoIP Blog
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Phil Manchester / Reg Developer:
Time to rewrite DBMS, says Ingres founder
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
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Darius Chang / CNET News.com:
HP UMPC coming this spring?
Wall Street Journal:
BBC Plans iTunes TV Deal
BBC:
‘Cancer link’ to heavy mobile use
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
MacBook Air: Rambling First Impressions (PG!)
Sydney Morning Herald:
War on music piracy
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Yahoo! Filters Pirate Bay From Search Results
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag, Techdirt and Digg