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5:30 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing The Most Advanced News Site On The Planet  —  Well, another news aggregator launched today.  This one is called Newspond, and while they didn't set a record for baseless hyperbole, they come close.  —  The site, like TechMeme and Digg, tries to determine breaking and important news …
Discussion: Furrier.org
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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: Maple Leaf 2.0
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Newspond: News Aggregator Extraordinaire
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 …
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Is Apple Ready to Bust a Blu-ray Move?  —  Apple has never been big on alliances, coalitions or other formal industry-wide groupings.  Case in point: The company joined the Blu-ray Disc Association in 2005 promising to help promote the high definition format and then did pretty much nothing …
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How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Stuck With a Stack of HD DVDs? Here's How to Convert Them to Blu-Ray
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player
Darrren Waters / BBC:
Brain control headset for gamers  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, San Francisco  —  Emotiv's Tan Le wears the Epoc headset  —  Gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone.  —  A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction …
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Daniel Terdiman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Emotiv's headset gives users mind-control over digital objects  —  Emotiv's headset allows users some control over objects on a computer.  It is possible to move things around, with limited application, with your mind.  —  I've just made a small orange cube disappear with my mind.  No hands necessary.
Discussion: Engadget and Webware.com
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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Lessig Blog:
Two announcements  —  At lessig08.org, you can watch a 10 minute video explaining the launching of a Change Congress movement, and the decision I am trying to make about whether to run for Congress.  That decision will be made soon.  I've been spurred to consider it seriously by the enormous support …
Dan Fost / New York Times:
They're Working on Their Own, Just Side by Side  —  CONTEMPLATING his career path a couple of years ago, a young computer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament.  “It seemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and community,” he said, “or I could be freelance and have freedom and independence.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Update on Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  We've heard a few reports about problems customers may be experiencing as a result of KB937287, the servicing stack update I blogged about last week, and I wanted to provide a quick update for you.  Immediately after receiving reports of this error …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft Pulls Troubled Vista Update
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees  —  Yahoo laid out its golden parachute plans for all of its full-time employees Tuesday, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The filing outlines two change-in-control severance plans, should the Internet search pioneer find itself under new ownership, aka Microsoft.
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, PR Newswire and GigaOM
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 …
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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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:
James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
HP reports strong results on PC, enterprise sales  —  San Francisco - Hewlett-Packard reported solid financial results for its fiscal first quarter, driven by growth in PCs and enterprise hardware.  The results prompted HP to raise its forecast for the year ahead.
 
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Jackpot Rewards: An Online “Economic Engine for the Common Good”
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
LCD TVs outship CRT TVs for the first time
Discussion: Engadget
Jason Harris / GigaOM:
10 Apps To Have For Your Symbian S60 Phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Hakon Lie / The Register:
Opera CTO: How to fix Microsoft's browser issues
Discussion: Ars Technica
Market Wire:
Leading University Set to Deploy World's Largest 802.11n Wireless Network
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
New details on MySpace's music play
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EBay Users, Take Note
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Alienware takes the Area-51 m15x lappy to Penryn town
Discussion: Business Wire and Ubergizmo
Develop:
Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner - Kickin It Old School
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek: Microsoft Wireless Laser Keyboard 7000
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: Compiler, The Open Road and Digg
 

 
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Marty Baron discusses hiring digital journalists, future of WaPo's blogs, and new ownership

Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Sources at Vocative say their software, touted to mine the deep web for generating news stories, doesn't work as promised

Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Sorting the Serious From the Silly, BuzzFeed Develops a Mobile App for Real News

 
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