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8:30 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Plan Proxy Fight for Yahoo  —  Microsoft has begun to make preparations to proceed with a proxy fight against Yahoo as it seeks to gain control of the Internet company, people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.  —  The aggressive tactic is part of the hard-nosed takeover campaign …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees
Discussion: WebProNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Introducing The Most Advanced News Site On The Planet  —  Well, another news aggregator launched today.  This one is called Newspond, and while they didn't set a record for baseless hyperbole, they come close.  —  The site, like TechMeme and Digg, tries to determine breaking and important news …
Discussion: Furrier.org and Mark Evans
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Newspond: News Aggregator Extraordinaire
Dan Fost / New York Times:
They're Working on Their Own, Just Side by Side  —  CONTEMPLATING his career path a couple of years ago, a young computer programmer named Brad Neuberg faced a modern predicament.  “It seemed I could either have a job, which would give me structure and community,” he said, “or I could be freelance and have freedom and independence.
Darrren Waters / BBC:
Brain control headset for gamers  —  Technology editor, BBC News website, San Francisco  —  Emotiv's Tan Le wears the Epoc headset  —  Gamers will soon be able to interact with the virtual world using their thoughts and emotions alone.  —  A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction …
Discussion: Digg
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Wall Street Journal:
Wii Fit, Other Innovations Unveiled  —  Nintendo plans to announce Wii Fit, a product to get users to exercise.  The launch is part of a wave of innovations from game companies hoping to spur further growth in the industry.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and BloggingStocks
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Is Apple Ready to Bust a Blu-ray Move?  —  Apple has never been big on alliances, coalitions or other formal industry-wide groupings.  Case in point: The company joined the Blu-ray Disc Association in 2005 promising to help promote the high definition format and then did pretty much nothing …
Discussion: Crave and Associated Press
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How-To Wiki / Wired News:
Stuck With a Stack of HD DVDs? Here's How to Convert Them to Blu-Ray
Discussion: Gizmodo, All News Feeds and Ubergizmo
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Update on Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  We've heard a few reports about problems customers may be experiencing as a result of KB937287, the servicing stack update I blogged about last week, and I wanted to provide a quick update for you.  Immediately after receiving reports of this error …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   Microsoft Pulls Troubled Vista Update
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
With Earnings Up 38%, H.P. Raises Its Forecast  —  SAN FRANCISCO — While some technology companies have warned of softening in the global economy, Hewlett-Packard is not seeing slowing demand in its own international business, company executives said Tuesday.
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James Niccolai / InfoWorld:
HP reports strong results on PC, enterprise sales
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Owen Van Natta to Leave Facebook  —  One of the earliest executives at Facebook, Owen Van Natta (pictured here), will be transitioning out of the social-networking company in the next few weeks.  —  Van Natta played a key role in important negotiations related to Facebook's early lucrative ad deal …
Lessig Blog:
Two announcements  —  At lessig08.org, you can watch a 10 minute video explaining the launching of a Change Congress movement, and the decision I am trying to make about whether to run for Congress.  That decision will be made soon.  I've been spurred to consider it seriously by the enormous support …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Bill Gates Comes To Stanford  —  Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates is giving a talk at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium this afternoon.  The talk is called “On Software, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Giving Back.”  The company has already pre-announced the one official bit of news …
Discussion: Epicenter, eWeek, PR Newswire and GigaOM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Changes Quarterbacks: Dan Farber Takes Over As Editor In Chief  —  Big news at CNET today - editor in chief Jai Singh is out, and Dan Farber, most recently the editor in chief of CNET-owned ZDNet, is taking over.  In his new role, Dan will oversee the editorial content and user experience for CNET News.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sky Is Worth $25 Million?  —  Google certainly has become quite a target for lawsuits lately.  The latest one involves a former Google contractor who claims that the idea for “Google Sky” (a sky layer for Google Earth) was his idea — so he's now suing the company for $25 million.
Discussion: CyberNet and The Map Room
BBC:
Warning given over techno addicts  —  A growing number of people are becoming addicted to their mobile phones, Blackberries and other digital devices, researchers are warning.  —  Techno addiction can become so bad that people wake up several times a night to check their e-mails and text messages.
 
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's New E-Series MP3 Players Can Swap Jackets
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LCD TVs outship CRT TVs for the first time
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Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media and Mashable!
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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EBay Users, Take Note
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ericsson Expects Mass LTE Deployment in 2012
 Earlier Items: 
Develop:
Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner - Kickin It Old School
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Laid off? Share the pain
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: Compiler, The Open Road and Digg
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