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2:40 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  —  Finally, HD DVD users now have the empirical evidence they've been looking for to prove that the universe really is conspiring against them.  We figured we'd make ourselves useful over here and give you a list of things you can do with your poor …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
BBC:
Toshiba drops out of HD DVD war
David Katzmaier / CNET News.com:   It's official: Toshiba announces HD DVD surrender
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.
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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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 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 …
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
Reuters:
Hacker's firm doubleTwist enables copying of iTunes  —  CHAMONIX, France (Reuters) - A start-up co-founded by famed Norwegian hacker “DVD Jon” is on Tuesday introducing a service that enables users to copy and use copy-protected Apple Inc(AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) iTunes songs on many popular non-Apple devices.
Discussion: Gizmodo, InfoWorld and Financial Times
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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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Min Lee / Associated Press:
Chinese search engine censured
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Microsoft giving away Zunes
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John Oates / The Register:
Consumer group slams ‘unfair’ software licenses
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Finland Censoring Sites Police Don't Like, Falsely Claiming They Contain Child Porn
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Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Goodbye SkullTrail, Hello Dual Socket Extreme
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Lamp lit by gravity wins Greener Gadget Award
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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
louisgray.com:
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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