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9:55 AM ET, February 19, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Toshiba's HD DVD press conference in Tokyo
Associated Press:   Toshiba quits HD DVD business
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Toshiba Exits HD DVD Business
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
iPod shuffle Now Just $49  —  New 2GB Model Priced at $69  —  Apple® today announced that its iPod® shuffle, the world's most wearable music player, is now even more affordably priced at $49 and that it is introducing a new 2GB model of the iPod shuffle for $69.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPod shuffle price cut, now $49  —  Well, what do you know.  What was $79 just a few minutes ago is now just $49.  Making room for something new are we Apple?  Still no change to iPod touch and iPhone pricing but we'll keep an eye out.  —  [Thanks, Mog]
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 …
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, GottaBeMobile and 9 to 5 Mac
Electronista:   Apple filing points to user-set multitouch
david ascher:
Mozilla Messaging  —  Today we've announced the launch of Mozilla Messaging, the new name for the entity I've been calling MailCo on this blog.  As promised, it's a new subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, focused on email and internet communications.  We've put up the essential information …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Mashable!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mozilla Messaging Launches To Fix Email - Will It Be Enough?
Discussion: Mozilla
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Cayman Islands Bank Gets Wikileaks Taken Offline in U.S.  —  Wikileaks, the whistleblower site that recently leaked documents related to prisons in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, was taken offline last week by its U.S. host after posting documents that implicate a Cayman Islands bank in money laundering and tax evasion activities.
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
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 in late 2007.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd's iPaper Plan  —  Scribd, the San Francisco-based start-up that was dubbed “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 dead simple sharing of documents.
Discussion: Mashable!
Erica Ogg / CNET
‘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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Offers Cloud Computing with Mosso  —  Last week's incident with Amazon Web Services briefly going down may have raised questions about the reliability of cloud computing, but demand is high enough for competitors to keep trying to get into the game.
Discussion: GigaOM and ReadWriteWeb
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