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2:45 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:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player
Discussion: CNET News.com and TECH.BLORGE.com
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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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 …
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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon's unlimited plans get official, not as stellar as previously assumed
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.
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.
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: JD on EP
BBC:
Computer software terms ‘unfair’  —  Some of the world's biggest computer firms have been accused of imposing unfair contracts on customers who buy their software.  —  The National Consumer Council (NCC) has accused 17 firms, including Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec, of using unfair “end user licence agreements” (EULAs).
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John Oates / The Register:
Consumer group slams ‘unfair’ software licenses
Discussion: Macsimum News
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 …
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
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 …
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Jennifer Hakes / Apple:
Apple Introduces Xsan 2
Discussion: Business Technology
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 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
John Leyden / The Register:
DVD Jon aims to smash digital Tower of Babel  —  doubleTwist rolls out media sharing utility  —  doubleTwist, the firm founded by scourge of DRM manufacturers Jon Lech Johansen (AKA DVD Jon) last March, has released software designed to allow users to share digital media files - including copy protected content - across devices.
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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 …
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 …
 
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BBC:
BBC programmes go on iTunes
Discussion: p2pnet
Min Lee / Associated Press:
Chinese search engine censured
Discussion: PDA and WebProNews
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Microsoft giving away Zunes
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Discussion: alarm:clock
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Finland Censoring Sites Police Don't Like, Falsely Claiming They Contain Child Porn
Discussion: EFFI
Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Goodbye SkullTrail, Hello Dual Socket Extreme
Discussion: eWeek and Engadget
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Lamp lit by gravity wins Greener Gadget Award
Discussion: Gizmodo and DVICE
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Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Will Microsoft partner with Netflix?
Discussion: John Carroll
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google 10K: Warns On Near-Term Revenue
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's HDTV Pitch Is Fuzzy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Give Students Dev Software For Free
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FeedBurner Quietly Kills All-Time RSS Feed Stats
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Offers Cloud Computing with Mosso
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Retaining Yahoo Talent: Enhanced Severance?
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