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8:20 PM ET, February 19, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player  —  Finally, HD DVD users now have the empirical evidence they've been looking for to prove that the universe really is conspiring against them.  We figured we'd make ourselves useful over here and give you a list of things you can do with your poor …
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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 …
Chris Tribbey / HomeMediaMagazine.com:
The War Is Over!  —  The high-definition format war is officially over.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
LG not dumping HD DVD
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray victory means royalties, royalties, royalties
Discussion: AppleInsider and Medialoper
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, paidContent.org and Valleywag
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Transition time at ZDNet  —  This will be my last post on Between the Lines and ZDNet for a while.  I am moving over to head up our sister CNET Networks site News.com starting today.  My talented, experienced, incisive and prolific BTL partner Larry Dignan will become Editor in Chief …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
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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DealBook:
Microsoft to Authorize Proxy Fight at Yahoo  —  In an escalation of its fight for Yahoo, Microsoft will authorize a proxy fight at the Internet company this week, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.  —  The move, expected to cost about $20 million to $30 million …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Listening for a Peep From Sunnyvale
Discussion: Big Tech, eWeek and AppScout
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
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 …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Gets More Mainstream; But Are Their News Sources Too Narrow Now?  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks did an analysis of current frontpage stories on digg, the popular social news site that started out as a tech competitor to Slashdot.  Allen noted that now just 15% of frontpage stories …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Can You Guess Which Categories Make The Digg Home Page Most?
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 …
BBC:
‘Hacker’ launches iTunes copying  —  The release of software from a firm run by a notorious Norwegian hacker is likely to cause waves in the music and film download world.  —  Jon Lech Johansen became the “enfant terrible” of the DRM industry when he released software which cracked the encryption codes on DVDs, aged just 15.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Will Microsoft partner with Netflix?  —  Rumors have swirled since Netflix's CEO joined Microsoft's board last year  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Will Microsoft offer Netflix movies over Xbox Live?  —  Bloggers and reporters have been buzzing about the possibility of a partnership for almost a year …
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: Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Scribd's iPaper Plan  —  Scribd, the San Francisco-based startup that was dubbed the “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 the dead simple sharing of documents.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo  —  If you are feeling a little déjà vu about the news BoomTown broke this morning about new retention packages and enhanced severance benefits for Yahoos, in order to keep them from bolting in the face of Microsoft's unsolicited bid …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Valleywag
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Retaining Yahoo Talent: Enhanced Severance?
Discussion: eWeek and paidContent.org
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Why are the Microsoft Office file formats so complicated?  (And some workarounds)  —  Last week, Microsoft published the binary file formats for Office.  These formats appear to be almost completely insane.  The Excel 97-2003 file format is a 349 page PDF file.  But wait, that's not all there is to it!
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Tablet-Guru.com:
WiMax N810 Leaked, To Be Announced At CTIA?  —  An eagle-eyed member of InternetTabletTalk.com noticed this interesting image of the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet in the February edition of the Best Buy Mobile buyer's guide.  Showing the tablet off on page 23 in a very sexy black outfit …
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 …
 
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Min Lee / Associated Press:
China censures Baidu.com
Discussion: Techdirt
Intel:
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The new roles for journalists in a multimedia world
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft gets RRoD at GDC
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
It's About the Customers  —  A few months back, I shared …
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Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
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Fail Early, Fail Often
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Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application
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Apple: “Xserve RAID is dead! Long live Promise VTrak RAID!”
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