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4:40 PM ET, February 18, 2008

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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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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 …
Kenneth Maxwell / MarketWatch:
Toshiba shares surge as company studies future of HD-DVD format
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Kim Yoo-chul / The Korea Times:
Samsung Electronics Focusing More on Blu-ray Format
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Pocket-lint.co.uk
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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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Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:   MacBook Air: Rambling First Impressions (PG!)
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Samsung shipping ultra-fast SATA II SSD drives in time for MacBook Pro rollout?
Discussion: Macworld UK
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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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.
Discussion: Threat Chaos
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Whistleblowing Site Shut Down
Discussion: IDG News Service
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
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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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.
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 …
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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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 …
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Netroots seek to send legal scholar Lessig to Congress
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BBC:
‘Cancer link’ to heavy mobile use
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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
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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
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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
Paul Graham:
Six Principles for Making New Things
Discussion: Andy Beard
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Ask.com & Dogpile Suit Up for Presidents Day: Google, Yahoo Don't
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