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2:30 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
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Vista SP1 Update Process Kills Some PCs, Microsoft Responds
Discussion: Engadget
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft suspends distribution of Vista SP1 prerequisite update
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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
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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.
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.
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Sharper Image Files for Bankruptcy; You'll Need to Go Elsewhere …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Keyboard, mouse to get company in Windows 7
Discussion: 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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Reuters:
Unlimited plans may spark mobile price war
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Wired tells us how to convert HD DVD to Blu-ray  —  Holy crap, this almost seems like more trouble than it's worth but if you're looking to convert your “old” HD DVDs to Blu-ray, Wired's How-To Wiki has got you covered.  You'll need a fast Windows machine, an HD DVD drive, a Blu-ray burner …
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Business Wire:
Amazon.com to Support Blu-ray as the Digital Format of Choice for Customers
Discussion: Digital Daily and Digital Trends
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:
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.
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 …
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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, last100 and All News Feeds
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
The New Backpack's First 24 Hours  —  Yesterday's big Backpack update was a huge success.  It was the best day in Backpack's history — even better than the last big update in July '07 and add anywhere in Oct '07.  —  We usually don't share numbers, but we thought we'd break tradition …
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
GDC: Molyneux despairs at “tragic” state of PCgaming  —  Warcraft, The Sims “sucking the air out of PC market,” says Lionhead boss  —  Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux has said that the PC gaming market is in a tragic state, with two blockbusters hogging sales and stagnation in the casual market.
Discussion: Massively, Kotaku and videogaming247
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Dell launches Inspiron notebooks with ‘Penryn’ chip  —  As expected, Dell is now offering Inspiron notebook PCs with the Intel Core 2 Duo “Penryn” chip as an optional configuration.  This is the first time that Dell has included the 45-nanometer processor as an option in the consumer-oriented Inspiron line.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Hacker breaks link between iTunes and the iPod  —  Software letting iTunes users copy music and video to mobile phones has been released by the hacker known as DVD Jon  —  A notorious Norwegian hacker known as DVD Jon is preparing for another run-in with the music industry after he released software …
Brandi Stewart / Fortune Small Business:
eBay seller strike starts, listings dip  —  EBay's listings appear to be down 3% since this week's seller strike began, but separating the boycott's effects from standard daily fluctuations is a tricky task.  —  (FORTUNE Small Business) — Monday marked the start of a week-long eBay (EBAY …
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Invests $22 Million in Next-Generation BitTorrent Client
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Lessig: I'm considering a run for Congress
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vibrating bracelet won't miss a call
Discussion: Mobility Site
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long At All: $89 Million Australian Internet …
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Zennstrom and the TV Revolution
Discussion: broadstuff
BBC:
Warning over techno addicts