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10:55 PM ET, February 14, 2008

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft reorg: Who's in; who's out  —  On February 14, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization affecting many of its divisions.  —  As with any Microsoft early-year reorg — which typically occur after the company's fiscal mid-year reviews — there are winners and losers.
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Microsoft Announces New, Expanded Roles for Key Executives  —  Fourteen leaders promoted as company matches leadership talent to expanding business priorities.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of executive promotions — seven new senior vice presidents and seven new corporate vice presidents …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Tests Video Ads on Search Results Pages  —  Google has always had a love-hate relationship with advertising.  Its power and wealth come from the $16 billion a year of advertising that it sells.  Yet on its most important pages, the results from its Web search engine …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
PR Wire Service to Journalists & Bloggers: We Don't Need You  —  We received an interesting email today from Business Wire, a press release wire service that Warren Buffett bought in March 2006.  Currently Business Wire is ranked about #32 on the Techmeme Leaderboard, which puts it above some top tech blogs …
Discussion: PR 2.0, The Last Podcast and Blogcosm
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Your competition: The press release  —  It hasn't gotten a lot of notice, but Richard MacManus has a post up at Read/Write Web that I thought was pretty interesting, about an email he got from Business Wire, in which the press release service brags about its ability to bypass the blogosphere …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
LiveUniverse Buys Revver for More than a Song (about $5M)  —  Troubled video site Revver was bought by Brad Greenspan's LiveUniverse last night for a price “many multiples more” than the $500,000 to $1.5 million reported recently, according to a source close to the deal.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft researchers make me cry  —  It's not often that I see software that really changes my world.  It's even rarer that I see software that I know will change the world my sons live in.  I can count those times pretty easily.  The first time I saw an Apple II in 1977.
Electronista:
PS3 said to outsell Xbox in 2008, crack 20m in 2011  —  Sony's PlayStation 3 console will outperform the Xbox 360 and roughly double its user base in 2008, says a new estimate by research firm iSuppli.  The study predicts that Sony will sell approximately 10 million PS3s over the course of 2008 …
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The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Palm Centro unboxing!  —  We're not really sure where to begin...It's the Palm Centro on AT&T. You know the Centro, right?  Outdated OS, tiny, miniscule puke-lime-green keyboard, EDGE, camera, and phone.  We didn't get a solid feel for pricing when it launches on February 19th, but we've heard $99 and $149 for a 2-year agreement.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   AT&T Centro confirmed for next week
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Indie coffeehouses tell Starbucks: Bring on your free Wi-Fi  —  Smaller chains and solo shops brew wireless access their own way  —  Computerworld) Like many indie cafes, Seattle's Bauhaus Books and Coffee has long relied on free Wi-Fi to help bring in customers.
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David Haskin / Computerworld:
Six ways the Starbucks-AT&T deal will change mobility
Discussion: Slashdot
Ian / IanSchafer.com:
So What Happened At YouTube's Videocracy Event?  —  YouTube trotted out all their heavy hitters for their Videocracy event in NYC last night.  —  Here are some highlights of what they said:  —  For Content Partners/Creators  —  Get ready for active sharing.  —  Get ready for upgraded video editing tools.
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Apple users, meet The Continental  —  Travelers who are MacBook users, rejoice.  Or even those who like to charge their iPods on the go.  Or other Apple products that use the block-style adapter, for Incipio has a kit that allows you to adapt your adapter to the odd power outlets of the rest of the world.
Discussion: Gizmodo
internetnews.com:
SCO Plans Rebound Thanks to $100M Lifeline  —  The Unix vendor aims to rise from the ashes — and possibly continue its controversial legal claims.  —  Embattled Unix vendor SCO may get a new lease on life, thanks to a $100 million infusion aimed at helping it emerge from bankruptcy and pursue its controversial legal claims.
Hollywood Reporter:
Toshiba to drop HD DVD, sources say  —  Company says no decision has been made  —  The format war has turned into a format death watch.  —  Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and High-Def Digest
Business Wire:
Vivid Entertainment Head Steven Hirsch Calls on Yahoo and Google to Take Steps to Keep Explicit Material from Kids  —  Leading Adult Film Studio Chief Tells Yale School of Management That Internet Service Providers Also Need Better Age Verification  —  NEW HAVEN, Conn.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Friendly ‘worms’ could spread software fixes  —  Microsoft researchers are hoping to use “information epidemics” to distribute software patches more efficiently.  —  Milan Vojnović and colleagues from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, want to make useful pieces of information …
Discussion: WinBeta
 
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Jon Healey / Bit Player:
Online video: crunching some numbers
Discussion: Ars Technica and TVover.net
RyanK / Yahoo! Mail Blog:
All-New Yahoo! Mail arrives for Safari 3
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
SGI tears up couch to buy Linux Networx assets
Discussion: eWeek
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Rival gaming networks compete for developer attention
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
VirtualBox: Move over Parallels and Fusion, it's Sizzlean!
InfoWorld:
Most analog cellular to fade away on Monday
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 failure rate at 16 percent?
 Earlier Items: 
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google cheers anti-Comcast legislation
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Xbox 360 red ring of death repair kit from Team Xecuter
Discussion: Gizmodo
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Generate KML With Google Spreadsheets
Discussion: Google LatLong
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Indiana Jones 4 trailer, now in Quicktime HD!
Electronista:
Apple files patent for “podmap” podcasts
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
New York Times Plans to Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
PS3 takes on Slingbox
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and last100
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Yahoo turns to News Corp., leaving Microsoft jilted at the altar