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8:50 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
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 …
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.”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola, RIM Exchange Suits  —  Motorola Inc. and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. are suing each other after an attempt to renew an existing licensing arrangement between the two wireless companies broke down.  —  The matter boiled over after the competitors failed to agree …
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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: Valleywag, TechCrunch, Techdirt and Digg
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.
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.
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
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.
 
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