Gizmodo's CES prank gets them banned for life? (video) Gadget blog Gizmodo used a device called TV-B Gone to shut off dozens of flat screens scattered around the floor, at times entire walls and some others during presentations. TechSpot Blog.

Vista SP1 Release Candidate Refresh widely available: Microsoft has made available a newer built of the Service Pack 1 RC for Windows Vista, this time everyone can download (though the final version is up and coming shortly). Microsoft Download Center.

Universal: We're staying with HD DVD "Contrary to unsubstantiated rumors from unnamed sources, Universal's current plan is to continue to support the HD DVD format..." Betanews.

Hitachi to form hard drive company with Toshiba, Fujitsu? The new company would combine the limping hard drive divisions of Hitachi and Toshiba as well as some of the storage systems technology from Fujitsu. Each would own a third.