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5:40 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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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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Bungee Labs opens developer platform-as-a-service  —  Bungee Labs launched a public beta of a new version of its BungeeConnect, an on demand application development platform for professional programmers.  The concept is similar to what salesforce.com is doing with its Force.com platform …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Bungee Connect Launches Ambitious New Online Development Product
BBC:
Whistle-blower site taken offline  —  A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.  —  Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Did A California Court Hide All Of WikiLeaks Over A Single Document?
Nick Douglas / Gawker:
This Site Full Of Leaked Documents Is So Good, The Government …
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
‘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.
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 and 9 to 5 Mac
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will YouNoodle Predict Its Own Inevitable Failure?  —  New startup YouNoodle debuted to some first class press coverage this morning - a headline in the NYTimes that reads “A Start-Up Says It Can Predict Others' Fate.”  The really choice quote from the article from CEO/co-founder Bob Goodson is this:
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Giving Away Free Developer Software To Students  —  Microsoft is announcing right now DreamSpark, a new program that gives free developer, designer and related software to college students in 11 countries.  DreamSpark goes live today in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Criticism of Unreserved Google Praise  —  Kevin Scott, former head of Google New York's search engineering group, at Friendfeed in response to another very positive article about Google writes (line breaks added for clarity, as there's no line breaks available at Friendfeed yet):
Discussion: Fast Company and louisgray.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ex-Apple Team To Launch Stealth Startup Fotonauts  —  A team of five former Apple software engineers, led by former Apple Exec Jean-Marie Hullot, have been working on a new stealth desktop/web photography focused startup called Fotonauts since late 2006.  Sometime in the next couple of months, they'll launch publicly.
 
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ISPs Make a Tidy Profit Selling Your Browsing History …
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