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7:20 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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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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Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Newspond: News Aggregator Extraordinaire
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees  —  Yahoo laid out its golden parachute plans for all of its full-time employees Tuesday, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The filing outlines two change-in-control severance plans, should the Internet search pioneer find itself under new ownership, aka Microsoft.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
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 …
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Daniel Terdiman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Emotiv's headset gives users mind-control over digital objects  —  Emotiv's headset allows users some control over objects on a computer.  It is possible to move things around, with limited application, with your mind.  —  I've just made a small orange cube disappear with my mind.  No hands necessary.
Discussion: Engadget and Newlaunches.com
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 …
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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
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.
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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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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
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 and BloggingStocks
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event  —  Apple has enlisted the services of popular alternative rock band Linkin Park to perform at an unannounced company event due to take place in New York City, AppleInsider has been informed.  —  Mike Shinoda, front-man …
 
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
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Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
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Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SGN Starts to Look Like a “Real Company.” …
Discussion: The Social Times and Mashable!
Blake / Inside AdWords:
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek: Microsoft Wireless Laser Keyboard 7000
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Laid off? Share the pain
Ruth Alexander / BBC:
Net news ‘threatens court cases’
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and Techdirt
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie
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