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9:50 PM ET, February 23, 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 …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Programmer's Attorneys Rely on ‘Geek Defense’  —  Programmer's Attorneys Use ‘Geek Defense’  —  Is computer genius Hans Reiser guilty of murdering his wife, or is he simply an eccentric, awkward and notoriously difficult human being?  —  Fast Forward  —  Help File
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: HipMojo.com and VoIP Blog
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.
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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 …
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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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PC World:
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