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1:50 AM ET, February 24, 2008

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CNN:
Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan  —  (CNN) — Japan launched a rocket Saturday carrying a satellite that will test new technology that promises to deliver “super high-speed Internet” service to homes and businesses around the world.  —  The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite …
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japan Launches Internet Satellite  —  TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency launched an experimental communications satellite Saturday designed to enable super high-speed data transmission at home and in Southeast Asia.  —  The domestically developed H-2A rocket carrying the satellite, “Kizuna …
Gamerscore Blog:
HD DVD Statement Issued  —  As a result of recent decisions made by Toshiba, Hollywood studios, and retailers, Microsoft plans to withdraw from HD DVD.  Xbox will no longer manufacture new HD DVD players for the Xbox 360, but we will continue to provide standard product and warranty support …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Digital downloads will be Blu-ray's downfall  —  With the fall of HD DVD, Blu-ray has assumed the throne as the next format of choice, but its reign will be short-lived.  —  Blu-ray won't enjoy the same decade-long dominance DVD did after it succeeded VHS.  But that's not because there will be other challenger physical disc formats.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Maybe Microsoft Should Stalk Different Prey  —  OVER the years, Microsoft has pummeled countless rivals, including the superheavyweight I.B.M. But it has never faced a smaller foe as formidable as Google.  The tale of the tape gives Microsoft a $100 billion advantage in market capitalization …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Glenn Chapman / Agence France Presse:
Microsoft email prepares workers for Yahoo takeover  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A Microsoft executive on Friday sent workers an upbeat email outlining a vision of how the software giant expects to take over Yahoo and merge the companies' cultures and resources.
Discussion: CrunchGear, HipMojo.com and VoIP Blog
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Computer Programmer's Attorneys Use ‘Geek Defense’  —  On Trial for Murder, Man Being Portrayed As Eccentric, Difficult  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — When Nina Reiser disappeared in September 2006, investigators suspecting foul play looked long and hard at her estranged husband, the computer genius Hans.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova: Serving Billions of Torrents and Buying Bugattis  —  Mininova has evolved quite a bit since it has started three years ago.  Within a year it was one of the most visited torrent sites on the Internet, and the ever increasing number of users resulted in the 4 billionth torrent download recently.
Discussion: ben barren
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
FriendFeed and the Facebook News Feed - FriendFeed is For Sharing and Facebook Used to be About my Friends  —  I was reading this article on TechCrunch “Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed” and I found it kind of interesting.  As someone who uses FriendFeed a lot …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Insanely Great: Japanese Electronic Store Letting Customers Trade HD DVD Players for Blu-ray  —  The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear.  So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: “Google Docs is Chock Full of Fail”  —  In his post Why Google Apps is a Serious Threat to Microsoft Office, Bernard Lunn argued that the collaboration features in Google Apps are good enough to take on Microsoft.  Commenter Karim took him on, with a well-written defense of MS Office.
Discussion: Scobleizer and WinExtra
Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
Judge OKs suit over ‘Vista Capable’  —  A U.S. District judge in Seattle has ruled that consumers can move ahead with a class-action suit against Microsoft over how it advertised computers with Windows XP as capable of running Vista, according to an article by the Associated Press.
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Guardian:
Whistle while you work  —  From government to big business, if you have a dirty secret, Wikileaks is your nightmare.  David Leigh and Jonathan Franklin on the site a US court has tried to muzzle  —  A secretive Swiss bank landed an apparently novel censorship blow against the internet this week.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Sony to buy LCD TV panels from Sharp: source
Discussion: DisplayBlog, Engadget and Gizmodo
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
Networking Groups Aim To Turn L.A. Into Technology Star
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Can Apple Patent the Pinch? Experts Say It's Possible
Discussion: Digg
PC World:
Russia Edges China as Top Malware Source
InfoWorld:
Vista SP1's snafu-filled saga
Discussion: Microsoft Watch