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1:05 PM ET, January 5, 2008

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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
The real reason why Warner went Blu?  —  We knew this wouldn't take long — just like when Paramount made the switch to HD DVD, rumors are swirling that a sum of $500 Million was involved in the decision to make the switch.  The rumor goes on to say that Fox's allegiance to Blu-ray was a factor as well …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
HD DVD group cancels CES press conference in wake of Warner announcement: daaamn  —  We just got an email which stated that the HD DVD group is canceling its CES press conference; tail severely between legs over today's explosive news that Warner — the last “undecided” studio …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
The party for HD DVD is over, literally  —  War is hell, particularly when you want to schedule cocktail parties.  —  The HD DVD Promotional Group had scheduled a cocktail party and a press conference this Sunday evening in Las Vegas to tout the “progress” it has made in high definition video …
PR Newswire:
Toshiba's Comment on Announcement from Warner Bros.  Entertainment of Its Exclusive Support for Blu-ray Disc Format  —  Toshiba is quite surprised by Warner Bros.' decision to abandon HD DVD in favor of Blu-ray, despite the fact that there are various contracts in place between our companies concerning the support of HD DVD.
Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Warner Going 100% Blu-ray; Is This HD DVD's Deathblow?  —  It's been speculated upon and speculated upon, but today it happened: Warner Bros. declared undying allegiance to one format alone: Blu-ray.  “The window of opportunity for high-definition DVD could be missed …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at Desk  —  In cubicles across the country, lunchtime has become the new prime time, as workers click aside their spreadsheets to watch videos on YouTube, news highlights on CNN.com or other Web offerings.  —  The trend — part of a broader phenomenon known …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Erased  —  OK, forget for a few minutes the debate about who owns your email addresses, birthdays, and name on social networking sites.  —  Forget for a few minutes about whether or not I was a jerk, stupid, idiotic, or worse for breaking the terms of service of one of your favorite companies.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Quits Effort to Get Computers to Children  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A frail partnership between Intel and the One Laptop Per Child educational computing group was undone last month in part by an Intel saleswoman: She tried to persuade a Peruvian official to drop the country's commitment …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Official Google Docs Blog:
New features for 2008!  —  It's been two months since we launched Google Presentations and already we've got new toys!  We've been listening to your feedback and working hard to get you new features as quickly as possible (so keep the suggestions coming).  2008 is going to be a feature packed year …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Embed Google Presentations
Bill Ray / The Register:
Why there will never be another GSM  —  Ofcom squares up to EU over spectrum carve-up  —  Comment Ofcom is changing the way spectrum is licensed in the UK to remove usage restrictions, but the EU is calling for region-wide harmonisation of use to create economies of scale.
Adrates / CPM Advisors:
Ning Firing on All Cylinders - Adult content play?  —  Ning appears to be ramping up and getting a lot of traffic from what they say.  We created a network on their platform and we reported a bug to them yesterday, as the site threw an exception while we were using it and they replied that:
Discussion: Mashable!, CenterNetworks and Valleywag
ReadWriteWeb:
10 Ways Twitter Can Boost Your Social News Profile  —  This is guest post by Dan Zarrella, a social media marketing consultant.  You can follow him on Twitter here.  —  Building popularity on Twitter is about gaining followers, and the most fundamental and important concept to learn …
Discussion: The Social Times and innonate
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Steal This Film II is a Must-See  —  Steal This Film II, from producer/director J.J. King, is a sober, thought-provoking piece on technology and intellectual property that frames the current debate over copyright in historical and political terms.  Not only can you download it for free in HD …
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Tech Tracks  —  News, analysis and perspectives from the technology team at The Seattle Times.  Have a news tip?  Follow the links below to e-mail us.  —  Xbox Live holiday outages prompts class action lawsuit  —  Microsoft's Xbox Live network suffered some outages over the holidays …
 
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Digital Foci rolls OLED keychain albums
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Never mind what are Twitter costs, whats the cost of Twitter?
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The Macalope:
Yes, Virginia, any idiot CAN file a lawsuit!
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Google tool could search out hospital superbugs
Discussion: WebProNews, InfoWorld and Slashdot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Digg And Others Sued For Infringing Infamous Computer Solitaire Patent