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10:25 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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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Toshiba delivers its Betamax address  —  Toshiba officially dropped its plans for HD DVD Tuesday after Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Netflix and a parade of others abandoned the high-definition video format for Sony's Blu-ray.  —  The statement indicates the obvious-HD DVD was doomed.
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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 …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Gates on Microhoo: Offer very fair
Microsoft:
Microsoft Gives Students Access to Technical Software at No Charge …
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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]
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Introduces New Unlimited Plans That Are As Worry Free As The Guarantee  —  New Voice Plans Mean No More Counting Minutes, While New Data Plans Add Affordable New Options  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless is moving the industry forward with the introduction of game-changing voice and data plans.
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USA Today:
Verizon to offer flat-fee unlimited wireless plans
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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!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mozilla Messaging Launches To Fix Email - Will It Be Enough?
Discussion: Mozilla
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 …
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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: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
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
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 …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Cleversafe rolling smoothly toward second quarter launch  —  Cleversafe's “storage Internet,” a dispersed storage system where data is sliced to bits and placed on many servers around the globe, is rolling along toward a second quarter launch.  —  Chairman and CTO Chris Gladwin told ZDNet last week …
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