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1:20 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?  —  Ever wonder what you would get if you crossed Digg with Techmeme and gave the new site a slick Web 2.0 style theme?  Yeah, neither did we, but that's a half decent description of Newspond, a news aggregation site that launched today.  —  Newspond is not a social news site like Digg.
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Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:
Newspond: News Aggregator Extraordinaire  —  Think Digg looks good?  Check out Newspond.  It's in another league, folks.  —  No, it definitely does not have millions upon millions of users to give it strength and vigor.  Newspond is a very young thing, officially launching today.  But boy is she pretty.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Introducing The Most Advanced News Site On The Planet
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player  —  Finally, HD DVD users now have the empirical evidence they've been looking for to prove that the universe really is conspiring against them.  We figured we'd make ourselves useful over here and give you a list of things you can do with your poor …
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Is Apple Ready to Bust a Blu-ray Move?
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now AT&T Is Offering An Unlimited Plan For $99  —  OK we're not even done with the Verizon flat-rate phone plans news announcement and here comes Ma Bell with its own $99-a-month unlimited offer. … By the way, this unlimited plan is for voice only.  No changes on data and SMS pricing, which still cost an arm and a leg.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
3 cell carriers in price battle  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA and weighed down stock prices for all U.S. mobile carriers.  —  Verizon Wireless was apparently …
Alertbox:
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes … It's hard to write a general article about application design mistakes because the very worst mistakes are domain-specific and idiosyncratic.  Usually, applications fail because they (a) solve the wrong problem, (b) have the wrong features for the right problem …
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 …
DealBook:
Microsoft to Authorize Proxy Fight at Yahoo  —  In an escalation of its fight for Yahoo, Microsoft will authorize a proxy fight at the Internet company this week, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.  —  The move, expected to cost about $20 million to $30 million …
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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
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 …
Market Wire:
Leading University Set to Deploy World's Largest 802.11n Wireless Network  —  Duke University Aims to Use Next-Generation 802.11n Technology to Help Shape Future of Education Experience  —  Cisco® (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News) announced today that Duke University will deploy the next phase …
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner - Kickin It Old School  —  It's always fun to get the monthly Feedburner check for advertising they insert into the RSS feed.  The actual dollar amount is still next to nothing, but I love the fact that, even with nearly 800,000 publishers, 1.4 million managed feeds …
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released  —  A new version of HandBrake - the free, open-source DVD to MPEG converter - is now available.  —  HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many changes, including full support for the AppleTV Take 2 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware.  —  Download it now.  —  Features for Apple fans:
Karoli / odd time signatures:
EBay Users, Take Note  —  Evidently Scientologists have enough administrative access to EBay to delete listings that they view as patent infringements, such as the so-called e-meter.  (Note, the listing was removed shortly after the screenshot was taken).  —  How can they do that?
 
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Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
New details on MySpace's music play
Discussion: Coolfer and Download Squad
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Alienware takes the Area-51 m15x lappy to Penryn town
Discussion: Business Wire and Ubergizmo
Develop:
Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SGN Starts to Look Like a “Real Company.” …
Discussion: The Social Times and Mashable!
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Pulls Troubled Vista Update
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap
 Earlier Items: 
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP FY Q1 Revs $28.5B; Pro Forma EPS 86c; Sees Q2 83-84c …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Gets More Mainstream; But Are Their News Sources Too Narrow Now?
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: Compiler and The Open Road
Hadoop and Distributed Computing at Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application