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11:15 PM ET, February 10, 2008

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Times of London:
Yahoo! set to revive merger talks with AOL after rejecting hostile takeover  —  Yahoo! is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL as a means of defending itself against the $45 billion (£23 billion) hostile bid approach from Microsoft, The Times has learnt.
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Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
Yahoo is talking to AOL - This could work.  —  Take two ‘ailing’ but long-time, and heavily-visited portals and what do you get.  A potentially viable poison pill defense for the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover.  —  The Times Online (UK) is reporting that Yahoo is in talks with AOL.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA  —  It's here, the XPERIA X1 QWERTY from Sony Ericsson.  Yes, full QWERTY to make the most of that Windows Mobile 6 operating system.  SE's new XPERIA brand will focus on multimedia and mobile web communication.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Consumer Reach of Windows Mobile Phones With Sony Ericsson  —  First Windows Mobile phone from Sony Ericsson offers a premium consumer and business experience.  —  Today at Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced that Sony Ericsson will deliver a new Windows Mobile phone …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson puts ‘your life in a clamshell’ with the new Z770 web-enabled phone
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson strengthens Cyber-shot™ phone range with two …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson puts music first in the W980 Walkman® phone …
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft's Yahoo! Acquisition is Bold.  And Dumb.  —  Please, Yahoo!: fight to stay independent.  Or at least tear yourself apart and pop a couple of poison pills to go out on your own terms before this goes much further.  Yeah, I've got your double-suck cake for you: one layer Yahoo!, one layer Microsoft.
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
So, What Now for Microsoft and Yahoo?  More Fancy Footwork  —  I'm no M&A expert, but I've seen enough not to be surprised by Yahoo's apparent, imminent rejection of Microsoft's offer to buy the company.  So why are so many people wondering why Yahoo would make a counteroffer?
Philg / Philip Greenspun's Weblog:
Microsoft is 2000 times less effective than Google; Yahoo Board seems to be insane
ongoing:
XML People  —  XML is ten years old today.  It feels like yesterday, or a lifetime.  I wrote this that year (1998).  It's really long.  —  The title was originally Good Luck and Internet Plumbing but the filename was “XML-People” and I decided I liked that better.  I never got around to publishing it, so why not now?
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook?  Just Try Breaking Free  —  Are you a member of Facebook.com?  You may have a lifetime contract.  —  Some users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off a fresh round of concern over the popular social network's use of personal data.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple applies for trademark extension relating to gaming  —  Might Apple have interest in gaming beyond its pokey iPod gaming offerings?  Maybe, when you consider that the company has recently applied to expand its trademark into the realm of gaming.  The new filing was made on February 5 …
Discussion: MacRumors and Digg
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Clive Akass / Personal Computer World:
Storm worm ‘making millions a day’  —  Compromised machines sending out highly profitable span, says IBM security strategist  —  The people behind the Storm worm are making millions of pounds a day by using it to generate revenue, according to IBM's principal web security strategist.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
EA Working On Social Games Incubator; Along With CAA  —  Games behemoth Electronic Arts (NSDQ: ERTS) is going through a slew of changes, and one of the involved developing online ad-supported games, the first of which was launched last month.  Now Gametap reports that a somewhat stealth unit …
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Curt Feldman / GameTap:
Stealth EA Division Creating Games—Social Net Mash-up
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Bluetooth SIG to add 802.11 support for heavy lifting  —  Last November, we covered the Bluetooth SIG's decision to adopt WiFi technology as a stopgap measure while the organization waits on UWB technology to become readily available.  The Bluetooth SIG formalized the move this weekend …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Bluetooth to piggyback on Wi-Fi
Discussion: Engadget
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Help wanted.  Desperately.  —  Newspapers have lost more than half of their print recruitment revenues since the category hit an all-time high of $8.7 billion in 2000, the peak of the Internet bubble.  —  Though final numbers aren't in for 2007, print recruitment revenues will be lucky …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Mashups Are Breaking the Mold at Microsoft  —  REDMOND, Wash. — TUCKED away in a building on this forested corporate campus, John Montgomery and his team of 17 programmers might be more at home in Silicon Valley than at Microsoft.  —  Compared with its tenacious Internet competitors like Google and Yahoo …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Record Label Quits, Uploads Albums onto The Pirate Bay  —  Dependent Records, an independent record label from Germany recently decided to shut its doors and upload all its albums onto The Pirate Bay.  Interestingly, a year ago the the CEO of the label mentioned piracy as one of the main reasons why they decided to quit.
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