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8:15 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
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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 …
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 …
Max Zuckerman / Channel 8:
Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology  —  How would you like a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008?  How about the entire Microsoft Expression Studio?  Not enough...... how about Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and more?  —  For once, something that sounds …
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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 …
Microsoft:   Microsoft Gives Students Access to Technical Software at No Charge …
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 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 …
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 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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BBC:
Whistle-blower site taken offline
Charles Knight / Alt Search Engines:
Surf Canyon Launches Discovery Engine for Search  —  Surf Canyon, a developer of internet search technology, today announces the availability of its Discovery Engine for Search at www.SurfCanyon.com.  As the quantity of content on the internet expands exponentially, it is becoming increasingly difficult …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
The Most Frequently Used Features in Microsoft Office  —  Online office suites like Google Docs are often criticized because they have a very basic feature set, but the advanced features from software packages like Microsoft Office are rarely used.  Jensen Harris, Group Program Manager …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
TVCatchup suspended after complaints
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle price cut, now $49
Discussion: iLounge, Gadget Lab and CrunchGear
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ NBA Tech Summit: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin: 'I'm Not Picking On Cable'
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
After Stumbling, Facebook Finds a Working Eraser
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Red ring of death returns
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
IBM's Lotus takes aim at Office market
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ISPs Make a Tidy Profit Selling Your Browsing History …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
BitTorrent busts Comcast BitTorrent busting
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Criticism of Unreserved Google Praise
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
The 7-Eleven deal: Could Yahoo Japan buy Yahoo?
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Time to rewrite DBMS, says Ingres founder
 

 
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