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2:00 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
David Katzmaier / CNET News.com:   It's official: Toshiba announces HD DVD surrender
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 …
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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 …
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Gates: Microsoft Isn't Raising Yahoo Bid  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft is not privately haggling with Yahoo over the software maker's rejected $31-per-share buyout offer for the slumping Internet pioneer, Bill Gates said in an interview.  —  “We sent them a letter and said we think that's a fair offer.
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.
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.
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AppleInsider:
Apple slashes iPod shuffle price, introduces 2GB model
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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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
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
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google 10K: Warns On Near-Term Revenue  —  Google's 10K included an alarming nugget about the possible ongoing impact of click-improvement programs on the company's near-term revenue.  As you'll recall, one reason Google gave for its light revenue in Q4 was the reduction of “accidental clicks.”
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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Google's 2007 UK revenues - the UK's single largest advertising channel
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and paidContent
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 …
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 …
Discussion: IntoMobile, Engadget and TabletBlog.com
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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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 and Slashdot
Darren Gladstone / PC World:
Goodbye SkullTrail, Hello Dual Socket Extreme
Discussion: Engadget
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Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Will Microsoft partner with Netflix?
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Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Like A Speeding Bullet
Discussion: VentureBeat
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Samsung u550 launches on Verizon
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out Social Networks Aren't Breeding Grounds For Sexual Predators
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
DVD Jon aims to smash digital Tower of Babel
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon's HDTV Pitch Is Fuzzy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Give Students Dev Software For Free
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's annual report by the charts
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?
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Depicts Advanced Multitouch Gesturing Control Panel in Mac OS X
 

 
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