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6:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: Bits and ParisLemon
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.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Warner goes Blu-ray exclusive
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
Warner goes Blu-ray exclusively, delivering crushing blow to HD DVD
Discussion: TechLifeBlogged and Engadget HD
TimeWarner:
Warner Bros.  Entertainment to Release its High-Definition DVD …
Discussion: Bits and TECH.BLORGE.com
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  —  Google rolled out an update to Google Presentations that lets you embed a presentation into your own website.  Just switch to the Publish tab and hit the publish button - you will now find some inline frame code Google calls the “Mini Presentation Module” to copy & paste.
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.
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
Never mind what are Twitter costs, whats the cost of Twitter?  —  Over the past few days we have seen lots of posts on the cost of running Twitter from such luminaries as Jason Calacanis, Paul Walsh, Marc Canter, Dave Winer , Fred Wilson and Allen Stern  —  Myself and my business partner …
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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The Macalope:
Yes, Virginia, any idiot CAN file a lawsuit!  —  Congratulations, Stacie Somers of San Diego County!  You're the first jackass of 2008!  —  Well, OK, technically, since the suit was filed on December 31, you're the last jackass of 2007.  But as it's already prompted some very silly analysis …
Discussion: The Apple Core and p2pnet
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Noontime Web Video Revitalizes Lunch at the 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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Verizon sues Alltel over homicidal guinea pig  —  Little more than two months after forking over one million smackers to settle accusations it was guilty of false advertising, Verizon Wireless has accused one of its biggest competitors of false advertising.  —  On Wednesday, Verizon slapped …
Discussion: TechSpot News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Digg And Others Sued For Infringing Infamous Computer Solitaire Patent  —  from the aren't-patents-great?  dept  —  The Patent Troll Tracker is back from holiday vacation and he's got quite a post listing out a bunch of interesting (i.e., depressing) lawsuits involving questionable patents and even more questionable patent holders.
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Troll Tracker / Patent Troll Tracker:
4 Interesting New Cases From Last 2 Weeks of December
Discussion: WebProNews
Reuters:
Sony to add Skype Web phone function to PSP: Nikkei  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp plans to add an Internet phone function to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) game player in cooperation with eBay unit Skype to stir up demand, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Google tool could search out hospital superbugs
Discussion: WebProNews, InfoWorld and Slashdot
Electronista:
Energizer unveils iPod battery extender, more
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Kleiner steals Chi-Hua Chien, Web 2.0 guru, from Accel
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iLuv announces a slew of new iPod accessories, including the i399
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Electronista:
iLuv reveals iPod/DVD combo, Bluetooth docks
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HDMI Over Coaxial - Another option for home networking
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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