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8:35 PM ET, February 19, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Chris Tribbey /
The War Is Over!  —  The high-definition format war is officially over.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
LG not dumping HD DVD
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Blu-ray victory means royalties, royalties, royalties
Discussion: AppleInsider and Medialoper
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, and Valleywag
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 starting today.  My talented, experienced, incisive and prolific BTL partner Larry Dignan will become Editor in Chief …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
3 cell carriers in price battle  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA and weighed down stock prices for all U.S. mobile carriers.  —  Verizon Wireless was apparently …
Discussion: Tech Beat and MobHappy
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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Listening for a Peep From Sunnyvale
Discussion: Big Tech, eWeek and AppScout
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Owen Van Natta to Leave Facebook  —  One of the earliest executives at Facebook, Owen Van Natta (pictured here), will be transitioning out of the social-networking company in the next few weeks.  —  Van Natta played a key role in important negotiations related to Facebook's early lucrative ad deal …
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event  —  Apple has enlisted the services of popular alternative rock band Linkin Park to perform at an unannounced company event due to take place in New York City, AppleInsider has been informed.  —  Mike Shinoda, front-man …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Gets More Mainstream; But Are Their News Sources Too Narrow Now?  —  Allen Stern over at CenterNetworks did an analysis of current frontpage stories on digg, the popular social news site that started out as a tech competitor to Slashdot.  Allen noted that now just 15% of frontpage stories …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Can You Guess Which Categories Make The Digg Home Page Most?
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes … It's hard to write a general article about application design mistakes because the very worst mistakes are domain-specific and idiosyncratic.  Usually, applications fail because they (a) solve the wrong problem, (b) have the wrong features for the right problem …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?  —  Ever wonder what you would get if you crossed Digg with Techmeme and gave the new site a slick Web 2.0 style theme?  Yeah, neither did we, but that's a half decent description of Newspond, a news aggregation site that launched today.  —  Newspond is not a social news site like Digg.
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 …
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.
WiMax N810 Leaked, To Be Announced At CTIA?  —  An eagle-eyed member of 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 …
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: Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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About the MacBook, MacBook Pro Keyboard Firmware Update 1.0
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released
‘Hacker’ launches iTunes copying
Min Lee / Associated Press:
China censures
Discussion: Techdirt
Intel Delivers ‘Hard-Core’ Eight-Core Platform for PC Performance Aficionados
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft gets RRoD at GDC
Discussion: Destructoid and BBC NEWS
Yahoo! Search Blog:
It's About the Customers  —  A few months back, I shared …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: The Open Road and Compiler
Mitchell Ashley / The Converging Network:
Fail Early, Fail Often
Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple: “Xserve RAID is dead! Long live Promise VTrak RAID!”
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
iPod shuffle Now Just $49  —  New 2GB Model Priced at $69