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1:55 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
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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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
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
iPlayer tops 17m views since Christmas
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac and iLounge
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Wikileaks Site Has a Friend in Sweden
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
The New Backpack's First 24 Hours  —  Yesterday's big Backpack update was a huge success.
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Blackberry email goes down...again
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Discussion: paidContent.org
Tor Thorsen / CNET News.com:
PC Gaming Alliance debuts
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Lord Falconer's internet plan won't work
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Reviewing the RIAA's “Reefer Madness” for the digital age
Discussion: Listening Post
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
EU Invests $22 Million in Next-Generation BitTorrent Client
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Lessig: I'm considering a run for Congress
Discussion: Lessig Blog and ExtremeTech
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Gates on Yahoo: It's the people
Discussion: Valleywag
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
BBC:
Warning over techno addicts
Darrren Waters / BBC:
Brain control headset for gamers