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8:40 AM ET, February 15, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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 …
David Benjamin / EE Times:
Users' love affair with iPhone stumps Mobile World panel  —  BARCELONA, Spain — A blue-ribbon panel of human behavior and technology experts at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain agreed that the best recent advance in the mobile telecommunications user space came …
Louise Story / New York Times:
4 News Companies Ally to Sell Ads on the Internet  —  Four large newspaper companies are joining forces to sell advertisements on the Internet, hoping that the combined heft of their Web sites will encourage large advertisers to spend more money.  —  Each of the four companies …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
NYT-Gannett-Trib-Hearst Combine Form Local Online Ad Sales Company quadrantONE
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
What's Microsoft Offering Open Source On February 27?  —  First Scoble writes about something so amazing from Microsoft it makes him cry and will be world changing.  Then Long Zheng spots the above page via an email pitch linking to opensourcehero that redirects here.
Discussion: Scobleizer, WinBeta and Valleywag
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Business Week:
Building the Perfect Laptop  —  The superslim ThinkPad X300 is Lenovo's bid for leadership in the high-stakes world of laptops  —  “Phyllis!  Get me one of those interoffice mail envelopes!”  —  It was just after lunchtime on Jan. 15, and Peter Hortensius was storming through the cubicles …
Discussion: Engadget and GottaBeMobile
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Wii 2 and Xbox the Third hitting in 2010?  —  Those pesky analysts are at it again, and this time it's serious: Evan Wilson of Pacific Crest Securities says we can expect a sequel to the Wii in 2010, to be followed by a new Xbox later that year.  Obviously it's something on the minds …
Discussion: GameSpot and Joystiq
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
EU Looks To Extend Copyright And Blank Media Levies  —  Over in Europe, it appears that the European Union's internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy has decided that it's high time Europe turns copyright from an incentive system (as it was designed) into a welfare system for musicians.
Discussion: Electronista and Ars Technica
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Are you breathing while emailing or Twittering?  —  Linda Stone is a former executive who worked at Apple and Microsoft.  Has been doing all sorts of research over the years and is probably most famous for coming up with the term “continuous partial attention.”  Which, basically, explains our behavior while using Twitter.
Bradley Horowitz / Elatable:
On Leaving Yahoo...  Leaving Yahoo.  —  Yes, it's true.  I've left Yahoo.  —  It was somewhat overwhelming sifting through the barrage of reactions over the last 48 hours: “Thanks for all you've done”, “How could you?!”, “Congrats!”, etc.  It's fascinating to watch people react.
Discussion: Bits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
8aweek To Help You Kick That Internet Time Wasting Addiction  —  New Y Combinator startup 8aweek aims to help you stop wasting all that time on random Internet sites.  They offer a Firefox plugin that monitors the web sites you visit and how long you spend on each site.
Jason Bush / Business Week:
The Blogging Czar of Moscow  —  How American Andrew Paulson is building a growing Internet empire in Russia  —  Andrew Paulson has a knack for spinning chance encounters with the rich and famous into business opportunities.  In the late '80s the New Haven native carved out a career …
Discussion: Quintura blog
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.
 
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Thomas Wilburn / Ars Technica:
Fans of open access not optimistic on 700MHz auction results
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
New and Promising BitTorrent Sites
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is the iPhone the Ultimate eBook Reader?
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Princeton's tiny Bluetooth adapter with big 300-foot range
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UK's Holiday Watchdog Site Bought By TripAdviser
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo estimates it lost $975m worldwide in 2007 due to piracy
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Using the Mobile Web is a Sticky Proposition
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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Nielsen: YouTube is from Mars, streaming video is from Venus
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Why You Should Let Users Define Your App
Discussion: Beth's Blog and New York Times
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tom Coates: Web of Data
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Apple users, meet The Continental
Discussion: Gizmodo
Business Wire:
Vivid Entertainment Head Steven Hirsch Calls on Yahoo and Google …
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T Palm Centro unboxing!
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PR Wire Service to Journalists & Bloggers: We Don't Need You