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1:05 PM ET, February 20, 2008

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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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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Microsoft Makes Windows XP SP3 RC2 Publicly Available
Discussion: Engadget
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft suspends distribution of Vista SP1 prerequisite update
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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.
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Chippy / UMPCPortal:
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Price War!  Telcos Swoon As Analysts Chop Ests on Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, Sprint; How Low Can Prices Go?  —  Fearing a price war is shaping up in the wireless sector, the Street is dumping telco shares.  —  Credit Suisse telecom analyst Christopher Larsen this morning reduced his rating …
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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.
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.
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Business Wire:
Amazon.com to Support Blu-ray as the Digital Format of Choice for Customers  —  In an effort to help demystify high-definition entertainment for consumers, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced its support for Blu-ray as the digital format of choice for customers.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Digital Trends
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Wired tells us how to convert HD DVD to Blu-ray
Discussion: eWeek, Wired News and All News Feeds
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.
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: Adobe and last100
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
iPlayer tops 17m views since Christmas
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and iLounge
Tor Thorsen / CNET News.com:
PC Gaming Alliance debuts  —  SAN FRANCISCO—With consoles increasingly intruding on such hallowed ground as the real-time strategy genre, many PC gamers have adopted something of a siege mentality.  —  This defensive attitude is also apparently afflicting hardware manufacturers and software publishers …
Discussion: DailyTech and Digital Trends
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InfoWorld:
Top technology companies form gaming alliance
Discussion: Ars Technica, CrunchGear and PC World
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates on Yahoo: It's the people  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—Bill Gates is willing to pay a lot for engineering talent.  —  Asked what makes Yahoo worth more than $40 billion, Gates pointed not to the company's products, its huge base of advertisers or its market share, but rather to the company's engineers.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Keyboard, mouse to get company in Windows 7
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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: Valleywag and TEDBlog
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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft fleshes out small-, mid-size Windows server plans  —  Microsoft is sharing more details about its small- and mid-size servers due out later this year that will be built around Windows Server 2008.  —  Both of these servers are part of the newly-christened Essential Server Solutions Family.
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
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Microsoft:
Windows Essential Server Solutions Simplify Big Business IT for Small …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Reuters:
Sharper Image files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailer Sharper Image Corp has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing declining sales, three straight years of losses and litigation involving its Ionic Breeze air purifiers.
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 …
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!
 
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Reviewing the RIAA's “Reefer Madness” for the digital age
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
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Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony selling Cell chip facilities to Toshiba for $835 million
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
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Zennstrom and the TV Revolution
The Register:
Qualcomm and the real story behind Mobile World Congress
BBC:
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