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By Janet Pinkerton SAN FRANCISCO—All we really wanted to do was watch movies in Dolby Laboratories' tweaked out studio theater/ laboratory, but we had to earn our keep. So, between an ever-changing spread of snacks, I and about 20 other journalists spent two days shuffling through Dolby's demonstrations of Dolby Pro Logic II (yes, II), Meridian Lossless Packing used in DVD-Audio, Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) and Dolby Headphone. Dolby also briefed us on the status of Dolby E for broadcast transmission of 5.1 audio via broadcast digital TV signals and the growing usage of 5.1-channel audio in games. Dolby Headphone sound danced around