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7:00 PM ET, February 23, 2008

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CNN:
Super-speed Internet satellite blasts off in Japan  —  (CNN) — Japan launched a rocket Saturday carrying a satellite that will test new technology that promises to deliver “super high-speed Internet” service to homes and businesses around the world.  —  The rocket carrying the WINDS satellite …
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japan Launches Internet Satellite  —  TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency launched an experimental communications satellite Saturday designed to enable super high-speed data transmission at home and in Southeast Asia.  —  The domestically developed H-2A rocket carrying the satellite, “Kizuna …
Discussion: Engadget, BUZZYEAH and Slashdot
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Digital downloads will be Blu-ray's downfall  —  With the fall of HD DVD, Blu-ray has assumed the throne as the next format of choice, but its reign will be short-lived.  —  Blu-ray won't enjoy the same decade-long dominance DVD did after it succeeded VHS.  But that's not because there will be other challenger physical disc formats.
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Insanely Great: Japanese Electronic Store Letting Customers Trade HD DVD Players for Blu-ray  —  The Japanese electronics retailer Edion is deeply ashamed it sold its customers HD DVD gear.  So ashamed they that they're allowing buyers to swap in Toshiba HD DVD boxes for Blu-ray players.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Digital World Tokyo:   Honest / insane retailer swaps old HD DVD for new Blu-ray gear
Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
Judge OKs suit over ‘Vista Capable’  —  A U.S. District judge in Seattle has ruled that consumers can move ahead with a class-action suit against Microsoft over how it advertised computers with Windows XP as capable of running Vista, according to an article by the Associated Press.
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Associated Press:   Suit Against Microsoft Over Vista OK'd
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
FriendFeed and the Facebook News Feed - FriendFeed is For Sharing and Facebook Used to be About my Friends  —  I was reading this article on TechCrunch “Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed” and I found it kind of interesting.  As someone who uses FriendFeed a lot …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
The iPhone SDK Will Be Late  —  There's a week to go before Apple's commitment to release the iPhone Software Developers Kit in February runs out of room.  I'm hearing from one source that its going to be late.  I'm not yet hearing any reasons why, and it's sounding like the official release date …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova: Serving Billions of Torrents and Buying Bugattis  —  Mininova has evolved quite a bit since it has started three years ago.  Within a year it was one of the most visited torrent sites on the Internet, and the ever increasing number of users resulted in the 4 billionth torrent download recently.
Discussion: ben barren
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
Networking Groups Aim To Turn L.A. Into Technology Star  —  Two years after Stuart MacFarlane launched a Web site in Los Angeles for people to get the scoop on local hot spots, he decided to move the company some 380 miles north to Silicon Valley.  —  “The move gave us better access …
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Guardian:
Whistle while you work  —  From government to big business, if you have a dirty secret, Wikileaks is your nightmare.  David Leigh and Jonathan Franklin on the site a US court has tried to muzzle  —  A secretive Swiss bank landed an apparently novel censorship blow against the internet this week.
InfoWorld:
Vista SP1's snafu-filled saga  —  Windows Vista SP1?s rocky ride to market has no doubt turned the stomachs of many advanced users.  —  The latest turn of events — and to be sure, this journey changes course daily — has Microsoft recommending workarounds for rebooting issues caused …
Zephoria / apophenia:
one company, ten brands: lessons from retail for tech companies  —  Lots of folks are unaware that multiple brands are owned by the same company (e.g., the same company owns Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy).  Consumer activists often complain that this practice is deceptive because it tricks consumers …
 
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
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Discussion: Digg
PC World:
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Phil Elliott / GamesIndustry.biz:
Home is “best-looking multiplayer world”
Discussion: Massively