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10:35 PM ET, February 19, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player  —  Finally, HD DVD users now have the empirical evidence they've been looking for to prove that the universe really is conspiring against them.  We figured we'd make ourselves useful over here and give you a list of things you can do with your poor …
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Toshiba:
Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray victory means royalties, royalties, royalties
Discussion: Medialoper
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Toshiba Concedes Defeat in the DVD Battle
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Owen Van Natta to Leave Facebook  —  One of the earliest executives at Facebook, Owen Van Natta (pictured here), will be transitioning out of the social-networking company in the next few weeks.  —  Van Natta played a key role in important negotiations related to Facebook's early lucrative ad deal …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Changes Quarterbacks: Dan Farber Takes Over As Editor In Chief  —  Big news at CNET today - editor in chief Jai Singh is out, and Dan Farber, most recently the editor in chief of CNET-owned ZDNet, is taking over.  In his new role, Dan will oversee the editorial content and user experience for CNET News.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Transition time at ZDNet  —  This will be my last post on Between the Lines and ZDNet for a while.  I am moving over to head up our sister CNET Networks site News.com starting today.  My talented, experienced, incisive and prolific BTL partner Larry Dignan will become Editor in Chief …
DealBook:
Microsoft to Authorize Proxy Fight at Yahoo  —  In an escalation of its fight for Yahoo, Microsoft will authorize a proxy fight at the Internet company this week, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.  —  The move, expected to cost about $20 million to $30 million …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Report: Microsoft prepping proxy fight for Yahoo bid
Discussion: BetaNews and DealBook
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now AT&T Is Offering An Unlimited Plan For $99  —  OK we're not even done with the Verizon flat-rate phone plans news announcement and here comes Ma Bell with its own $99-a-month unlimited offer. … By the way, this unlimited plan is for voice only.  No changes on data and SMS pricing, which still cost an arm and a leg.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
3 cell carriers in price battle  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA and weighed down stock prices for all U.S. mobile carriers.  —  Verizon Wireless was apparently …
Discussion: USA Today, Tech Beat and MobHappy
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event  —  Apple has enlisted the services of popular alternative rock band Linkin Park to perform at an unannounced company event due to take place in New York City, AppleInsider has been informed.  —  Mike Shinoda, front-man …
Alertbox:
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes … It's hard to write a general article about application design mistakes because the very worst mistakes are domain-specific and idiosyncratic.  Usually, applications fail because they (a) solve the wrong problem, (b) have the wrong features for the right problem …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie  —  DVD Jon is growing up.  He's no longer helping geeks free their media from DRM—he wants to make it easy enough for our parents to use, too.  Through a new venture called doubleTwist, DVD Jon (Jon Lech Johansen) and partner Monique Farantzos …
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BBC:   ‘Hacker’ launches iTunes copying
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Gets More Mainstream; But Are Their News Sources Too Narrow Now?  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks did an analysis of current frontpage stories on digg, the popular social news site that started out as a tech competitor to Slashdot.  Allen noted that now just 15% of frontpage stories …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Can You Guess Which Categories Make The Digg Home Page Most?
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?  —  Ever wonder what you would get if you crossed Digg with Techmeme and gave the new site a slick Web 2.0 style theme?  Yeah, neither did we, but that's a half decent description of Newspond, a news aggregation site that launched today.  —  Newspond is not a social news site like Digg.
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Bill Gates Comes To Stanford  —  Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates is giving a talk at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium this afternoon.  The talk is called “On Software, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Giving Back.”  The company has already pre-announced the one official bit of news …
Discussion: Epicenter, eWeek, GigaOM and PR Newswire
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released  —  A new version of HandBrake - the free, open-source DVD to MPEG converter - is now available.  —  HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many changes, including full support for the AppleTV Take 2 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware.  —  Download it now.  —  Features for Apple fans:
Discussion: handbrake.fr
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd's iPaper Plan  —  Scribd, the San Francisco-based startup that was dubbed the “YouTube of Documents,” has finally become worthy of that sobriquet.  While I don't care much about community around documents, I love the concept of the dead simple sharing of documents.
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Will Microsoft partner with Netflix?  —  Rumors have swirled since Netflix's CEO joined Microsoft's board last year  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Will Microsoft offer Netflix movies over Xbox Live?  —  Bloggers and reporters have been buzzing about the possibility of a partnership for almost a year …
 
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ericsson Expects Mass LTE Deployment in 2012
Develop:
Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Discussion: CrunchGear and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SGN Starts to Look Like a “Real Company.” …
Discussion: The Social Times
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Pulls Troubled Vista Update
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and eWeek
Intel:
Intel Delivers ‘Hard-Core’ Eight-Core Platform for PC Performance Aficionados
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: Compiler
Mitchell Ashley / The Converging Network:
Fail Early, Fail Often
Hadoop and Distributed Computing at Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application
Tablet-Guru.com:
WiMax N810 Leaked, To Be Announced At CTIA?
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated?  (And some workarounds)
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
iPod shuffle Now Just $49  —  New 2GB Model Priced at $69
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP's UMPC 2133 revealed
 

 
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Robert G. Kaiser / Washington Post:
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More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

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Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

 
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