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12:50 PM 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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Toshiba's HD DVD press conference in Tokyo  —  Engadget Japan is live at Toshiba's HD DVD press conference in Tokyo right now.  It's nearing 5PM, when the bell is expected to toll for HD DVD, and we can all move on with our new lives as Blu-ray (or download) buying consumers.
David Katzmaier / CNET News.com:   It's official: Toshiba announces HD DVD surrender
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Toshiba delivers its Betamax address
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 …
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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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Gates on Microhoo: Offer very fair
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.
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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]
AppleInsider:
Apple slashes iPod shuffle price, introduces 2GB model
USA Today:
Verizon to offer flat-fee unlimited wireless plans  —  NEW YORK — Verizon Wireless (VZ) Tuesday will unveil a plan that offers unlimited domestic calling for a flat fee of $99.99 to $139.99 a month.  —  Unlimited plans for BlackBerry devices and other smartphones will start at $129.99 a month.
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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.
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 …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mozilla Messaging Launches To Fix Email - Will It Be Enough?
Discussion: Mozilla and Lifehacker
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google 10K: Warns On Near-Term Revenue  —  Google's 10K included an alarming nugget about the possible ongoing impact of click-improvement programs on the company's near-term revenue.  As you'll recall, one reason Google gave for its light revenue in Q4 was the reduction of “accidental clicks.”
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google's 2007 UK revenues - the UK's single largest advertising channel
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
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 …
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: Changing Way and ReadWriteWeb
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mosso Joins the Cloud Computing Fray
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Give Students Dev Software For Free  —  At a talk tomorrow at Stanford University, Bill Gates will announce that they are making much of their developer software free to college and university students.  The program, called Microsoft DreamSpark, will be run by Joe Wilson, Senior Director of Academic Initiatives.
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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: One Microsoft Way
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
Nick Farrell / Inquirer:
Sea cable snappage was sabotage  —  Middle eastern cables destroyed deliberately  —  THE International Telecommunication Union has claimed that a spate of telecommunication outages to the Middle East were the result of sabotage.  —  Five undersea cables were damaged causing huge disruption …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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