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9:25 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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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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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Wii Fit To Launch In US On May 19  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, of all places, Nintendo have gotten around to announcing a release date for money-printing balance (remember, balance, not fitness) training game Wii Fit.  It'll be released in the US on May 19 …
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
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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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
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
LG not dumping HD DVD
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft suspends distribution of Vista SP1 prerequisite update
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GenieTown Launches To Tackle Local Services  —  Palo Alto-based GenieTown launches this morning.  They're trying to crack the local services nut - a huge market, but one that a lot of the big guys are eyeing, too.  —  The company says they are addressing the long tail of local services.
Discussion: 901am, VentureBeat and Mashable!
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Zennstrom and the TV Revolution  —  Niklas Zennstrom must be the most important digital entrepreneur to have emerged in Europe over the last five years.  He has given us free music with the Kazaa file-sharing service, free phone calls through Skype, and is now touting free television through his Joost service.
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
 
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Qualcomm and the real story behind Mobile World Congress
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's New E-Series MP3 Players Can Swap Jackets
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BBC:
Warning given over techno addicts
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sky Is Worth $25 Million?
Discussion: CyberNet and The Map Room
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Jackpot Rewards: An Online “Economic Engine for the Common Good”
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LCD TVs outship CRT TVs for the first time
Jason Harris / GigaOM:
10 Apps To Have For Your Symbian S60 Phone
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media and Mashable!
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EBay Users, Take Note
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner - Kickin It Old School
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An update to display URL policy
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event