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8:55 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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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Toshiba Exits HD DVD Business
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Toshiba drops HD DVD
Discussion: eWeek, paidContent.org and OhGizmo!
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, 9 to 5 Mac and GottaBeMobile
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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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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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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.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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]
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP's UMPC 2133 revealed  —  We've just received these images of HP's rumored UMPC.  Honestly, we have no reason to doubt their authenticity.  The HP Compaq 2133 “lifestyle accessory” features a big, scratch resistant 8.9-inch 1366 x 766 (WXGA) display, ExpressCard/54 slot, Wireless LAN …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Smile, you're on a bar Webcam  —  On a recent Friday evening at the Key West bar Hog's Breath, Mike Murphy was enjoying a Miller Lite and potato skins in the company of his wife and friends.  —  Though not on reality television, his evening was broadcast online from the Florida bar's live Webcam …
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
USA Today:
Do video games have a motion picture-like future?  —  Today's cutting-edge video games have the look and sound of movies; some even have blockbuster budgets.  But even game developers concede that their creations usually lack the emotional impact of a great film or book.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
TVCatchup suspended after complaints
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
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Maria Aspan / New York Times:
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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:
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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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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