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11:20 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Wii Fit, Other Innovations Unveiled  —  Nintendo unveiled its Wii Fit exercise game, part of a wave of innovations from videogame companies hoping to spur further growth in the industry.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and BloggingStocks
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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.
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 …
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Chippy / UMPCPortal feed.:
HP UMPC to feature VIA Inside.  Not Intel.  —  The HP UMPC news is everywhere and I think it's obvious from the response that this UMPC represents something special.  The comparisons range from the Eee PC to the Macbook AIR.  Just think about that for a minute.  Is this a single device that could compete in multiple markets?
Discussion: Engadget, jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP's UMPC 2133 to cost $630 when shipping in April?  —  A report by the Commercial Times says that HP will launch its 8.9-inch UMPC in April for “more than” NT$20,000 or about $630 bucks.  Sure sounds like the UMPC 2133 we showed you yesterday, eh?  That's about right when you compare it to the $300, entry-level 7-inch Eee PC.
Microsoft:
Windows Essential Server Solutions Simplify Big Business IT for Small and Midsize Companies  —  Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 deliver all-in-one solutions to help fuel growth for customers and partners.  —  To help small and midsize organizations …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft fleshes out small-, mid-size Windows server plans
Discussion: Computerworld and eWeek
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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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Lessig: I'm considering a run for Congress  —  Confirming weeks of speculation, Larry Lessig, the Stanford University law professor and “free culture” icon, has confessed that yes indeed, he's considering a run for the U.S. Congress this year.  —  The revelation came in a brief blog entry on Lessig's Web site early Wednesday morning.
Discussion: TEDBlog
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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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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
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.
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 …
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Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Van Natta to Leave Facebook
Discussion: WebProNews and Yahoo! Finance
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: All News Feeds, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long At All: $89 Million Australian Internet Filters Called A Failure  —  Last August the Australian Prime Minister announced plans to spend many millions of dollars to offer free internet filters that parents could use to keep their kids from surfing porn.
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
Chris Williams / The Register:
BBC mulls dropping Flash as iPlayer meets iPhone  —  iDontbelieveit!  —  The BBC is considering ditching Adobe's Flash system for its iPlayer streams to improve the video quality of the on-demand service, it said on Tuesday.  —  The news came alongside an announcement that iPlayer …
Discussion: last100 and Adobe
Business Wire:
3Com and Bain Capital Partners Announce Mutual Withdrawal of CFIUS Application  —  MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS - News) today announced that the company along with affiliates of Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Huawei Technologies have withdrawn …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony selling Cell chip facilities to Toshiba for $835 million
Discussion: Reuters
Jura / Inside Windows Live Messenger:
Upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 8.5 is coming!
Discussion: LiveSide and One Microsoft Way
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates on Yahoo: It's the people
Discussion: Valleywag
Sinead Carew / eWeek:
Mobile Price War Looming
Discussion: Reuters and PR Newswire
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vibrating bracelet won't miss a call
Discussion: Mobility Site
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
MySpace in talks on music downloads
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Zennstrom and the TV Revolution
 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Qualcomm and the real story behind Mobile World Congress
BBC:
Warning given over techno addicts
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sky Is Worth $25 Million?
Discussion: CyberNet and The Map Room
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
With Earnings Up 38%, H.P. Raises Its Forecast
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
LCD TVs outship CRT TVs for the first time
TV Decoder:
Getting Ready for ‘The Endless Season’
Karoli / odd time signatures:
EBay Users, Take Note
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Bill Gates Comes To Stanford
Discussion: Epicenter, eWeek, PR Newswire and GigaOM