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4:30 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 …
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Toshiba Quits HD DVD Business
Discussion: MacUser, Reuters and paidContent.org
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
HD-DVD's loss does not dictate Blu-ray's win
Discussion: Engadget and Xbox 360 Fanboy
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Universal chooses Blu-ray
Discussion: Crave and PC World
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: Beet.TV, paidContent.org and Valleywag
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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 …
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Listening for a Peep From Sunnyvale
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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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.
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 had a conversation 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.
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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 …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application  —  Yahoo! recently launched what we believe is the worlds largest Apache Hadoop production application.  The Yahoo! Search Webmap is a Hadoop application that runs on a more than 10,000 core Linux cluster and produces data that is now used in every Yahoo! Web search query.
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Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:   Yahoo! Search running Apache Hadoop on Large Scale
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!
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 …
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 …
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Will Microsoft partner with Netflix?  —  Rumors have swirled since Netflix's CEO joined Microsoft's board last year  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Will Microsoft offer Netflix movies over Xbox Live?  —  Bloggers and reporters have been buzzing about the possibility of a partnership for almost a year …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
It's About the Customers  —  A few months back, I shared some anecdotes from a customer field day that the Yahoo! Search team participated in.  “A Day in Their Shoes” is what we called it.  Our customers are the centerpiece of our organization, so I'd say it's really more than one day a year that we spend in their shoes.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Fast 128GB solid state drives coming in April
Discussion: Computerworld
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Sea cable snappage was sabotage
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Verizon's HDTV Pitch Is Fuzzy
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The Most Frequently Used Features in Microsoft Office
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