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8:00 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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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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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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Dailymotion adds HD content, but is the world ready for it?
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.”
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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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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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: Valleywag, TechCrunch, Techdirt and Digg
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
Wall Street Journal:
BBC Plans iTunes TV Deal  —  The BBC plans to sell some television shows in the United Kingdom through Apple's iTunes store.  The deal is likely to serve as test as to whether many British viewers are prepared to pay to download TV shows over the Internet.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iTunes UK welcomes BBC shows while rest of world waits
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.
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.
John Reed / Financial Times:
Tesla to raise $250m for electric cars  —  Tesla Motors, which this month launched a battery-powered roadster based on the Lotus Elise, plans to raise $250m in equity and debt to fund a push into production of electric sedans.  —  The California-based niche carmaker plans to build an electric four-door …
 
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
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Darius Chang / CNET News.com:
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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: iPhone 1.1.4 and iPhone SDK imminent?
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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
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Advertisers Rankled by Network Fees
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Update: Full Lineup of Verizon Wireless Unlimited Plans
Discussion: GigaOM, Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
Safari HD is now available
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