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4:45 PM ET, February 23, 2008

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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 …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The iPhone SDK Will Be Late  —  There's a week to go before Apple's commitment to release the iPhone Software Developers Kit in February runs out of room.  I'm hearing from one source that its going to be late.  I'm not yet hearing any reasons why, and it's sounding like the official release date …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed  —  Facebook is planning on allowing users to add activities from third party social networking site directly into their Facebook news feed, we've confirmed.  The goal is to centralize all that activity in one place.
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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 …
InfoWorld:
Vista SP1's snafu-filled saga  —  Windows Vista SP1?s rocky ride to market has no doubt turned the stomachs of many advanced users.  —  The latest turn of events — and to be sure, this journey changes course daily — has Microsoft recommending workarounds for rebooting issues caused …
Reuters:
Sony to buy LCD TV panels from Sharp: source  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is planning to start buying TV-use liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from Sharp Corp (6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research) as early as in the next business year that begins in April …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Social slowdown hitting Piczo hard  —  CNET News.com reporter Caroline McCarthy co-wrote this report.  —  Life is getting more difficult for social-networking sites.  —  At the same time Facebook's traffic appears to have reached a plateau, News.com has learned that Piczo …
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Can Apple Patent the Pinch?  Experts Say It's Possible  —  Is pinching proprietary?  We may find out in the coming months as many companies, inspired by the success of Apple's iPhone, release their own multitouch-enabled laptops, smartphones and tablets.  In doing so, these companies …
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Chris Wilson / Slate:
The Wisdom of the Chaperones  —  DIGG, WIKIPEDIA, AND THE MYTH OF WEB 2.0 DEMOCRACY.  —  It's getting harder to be a Wikipedia-hater.  The user-generated and -edited online encyclopedia—which doesn't even require contributors to register—somehow holds its own against the Encyclopedia Britannica …
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
Networking Groups Aim To Turn L.A. Into Technology Star  —  Two years after Stuart MacFarlane launched a Web site in Los Angeles for people to get the scoop on local hot spots, he decided to move the company some 380 miles north to Silicon Valley.  —  “The move gave us better access …
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Randall Chase / Associated Press:
Yahoo sued for spurning Microsoft  —  DOVER, Del. - Two Detroit pension funds have sued Yahoo Inc. and its board of directors, saying they breached their duties to shareholders in trying to thwart a takeover by Microsoft Corp.  —  The lawsuit was filed in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday …
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Benjamin Pimentel / MarketWatch:
Yahoo sued again for saying ‘no’ to Microsoft
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPod Growth Curve: More, Cheaper iPods  —  Steve Jobs' recent price cut on his cheapest iPod — the iPod shuffle — could help the company accelerate unit sales growth for the first time in more than a year.  But how about revenue?  —  iPod revenue growth doesn't move in lockstep with iPod unit growth.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Hits Lowest Level Since June; New iPhone Worries
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