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3:05 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
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
HD-DVD's loss does not dictate Blu-ray's win
Discussion: Engadget and Podcasting News
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 …
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Gates Calls Yahoo Offer ‘Fair’
Discussion: Electronista
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
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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: Venture Chronicles
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.
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple: “Xserve RAID is dead!  Long live Promise VTrak RAID!”  —  We just spoke with Eric Zelenka, senior product line manager of Apple's server and storage software, wherein he cleared up the case of the disappearing Xserve RAID.  As everyone suspected, the reason it disappeared is because, well, it's gone.
Discussion: Computerworld and 9 to 5 Mac
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Jennifer Hakes / Apple:
Apple Introduces Xsan 2
Discussion: Business Technology
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.
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 …
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 and One Microsoft Way
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EU Notes That Broadband Competition Means At Least Four Providers
Discussion: DSLreports
Josephine Lien / DigiTimes:
NAND flash prices to continue falling
Alertbox:
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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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Martha Stewart: Conference Call: Likely To Acquire All Of WeddingWire; More Emeril
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Reuters:
Hacker's firm doubleTwist enables copying of iTunes
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April
Discussion: Computerworld
Sawf News:
Lamp lit by gravity wins Greener Gadget Award
Discussion: Gizmodo and DVICE
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
louisgray.com:
FeedBurner Quietly Kills All-Time RSS Feed Stats
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Retaining Yahoo Talent: Enhanced Severance?
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