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6:40 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
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 …
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  —  Facebook is planning on allowing users to add activities from third party social networking site directly into their Facebook news feed, we've confirmed.  The goal is to centralize all that activity in one place.
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 …
Reuters:
Sony to buy LCD TV panels from Sharp: source  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research) is planning to start buying TV-use liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from Sharp Corp (6753.T: Quote, Profile, Research) as early as in the next business year that begins in April …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Social slowdown hitting Piczo hard  —  CNET News.com reporter Caroline McCarthy co-wrote this report.  —  Life is getting more difficult for social-networking sites.  —  At the same time Facebook's traffic appears to have reached a plateau, News.com has learned that Piczo …
 
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Associated Press:
Suit Against Microsoft Over Vista OK'd
Discussion: CNET News.com
Ryan / CyberNet:
Evernote Going Online (Currently Private Beta)
Amanda Andrews / Times of London:
Reed shares rise 43.5p on rumour of Apax offer for magazine arm
Brian Deagon / Investor's Business Daily:
Networking Groups Aim To Turn L.A. Into Technology Star
Discussion: bub.blicio.us
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Can Apple Patent the Pinch? Experts Say It's Possible
Discussion: Digg
PC World:
Russia Edges China as Top Malware Source
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Get GrandCentral Invites  —  Following the footsteps of Gmail …
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
When good toys go bad X: Elmo makes death threats to toddler
Phil Elliott / GamesIndustry.biz:
Home is “best-looking multiplayer world”
Discussion: Massively
Purav Sanghani / DailyTech:
XNA Game Studio to Unlock Zune's Potential
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Creating Customized Social Networking Applications For Business
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Facebook insists UK traffic is rising