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7:05 AM ET, February 19, 2008

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Toshiba:
Toshiba Announces Discontinuation of HD DVD Businesses  —  Company Remains Focused on Championing Consumer Access to High Definition Content  —  TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop …
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Toshiba drops HD DVD  —  So, Toshiba has finally given up on HD DVD, leaving the field open to Blu-ray.  —  For customers yet to hop onto the HD express, this is good news because there's no longer two competing standards to choose from.  For customers who chose Blu-ray over HD DVD …
Discussion: OhGizmo!
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Depicts Advanced Multitouch Gesturing Control Panel in Mac OS X  —  In case there were any doubts that Apple was exploring the use of advanced multitouch gestures under Mac OS X, a recent Apple patent application authored by Wayne Westerman (of Fingerworks) shows mockups …
Discussion: Gizmodo and 9 to 5 Mac
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Electronista:
Apple filing points to user-set multitouch  —  Apple has developed a system that will allow users to define their own gesture-based commands in Mac OS X, according to a recent patent filing.  Co-invented by Wayne Westerman, who helped found the FingerWorks company largely credited …
Reuters:
Microsoft targets Web with Yahoo or alone: Gates  —  SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to invest heavily in Web search to compete against Google Inc, even if it fails to acquire Yahoo Inc, the company's chairman Bill Gates said on Monday.  —  Gates, who called Microsoft's offer for Yahoo …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bungee Connect Launches Ambitious New Online Development Product  —  Yeah, we've seen a ton of online application builders before - DabbleDB, Zoho Creator, LongJump, Coghead and WyaWorks, among others.  And Salesforce weighed in with their own Force.com in late 2007.
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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.
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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Giving Away Free Developer Software To Students  —  Microsoft is announcing right now DreamSpark, a new program that gives free developer, designer and related software to college students in 11 countries.  DreamSpark goes live today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany …
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Microsoft:   Microsoft Gives Students Access to Technical Software at No Charge …
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
‘DVD Jon’ frees your media with DoubleTwist  —  The man notorious for cracking the DVD code, and Apple's FairPlay DRM, is looking to make a legitimate business out of his expertise.  —  Beginning Tuesday, the first product from his company DoubleTwist Ventures, will enter open beta.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will YouNoodle Predict Its Own Inevitable Failure?  —  New startup YouNoodle debuted to some first class press coverage this morning - a headline in the NYTimes that reads “A Start-Up Says It Can Predict Others' Fate.”  The really choice quote from the article from CEO/co-founder Bob Goodson is this:
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Criticism of Unreserved Google Praise  —  Kevin Scott, former head of Google New York's search engineering group, at Friendfeed in response to another very positive article about Google writes (line breaks added for clarity, as there's no line breaks available at Friendfeed yet):
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ISPs Make a Tidy Profit Selling Your Browsing History …
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