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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo and AOL: Desperation squared  —  The Times is reporting that Yahoo wants to restart merger talks with AOL as a way of avoiding the clutches of Microsoft, a move that — if true — is roughly equivalent to screaming “we're totally desperate” from the rooftops of Yahoo headquarters.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why a Yahoo! and AOL Merger Will Never Happen  —  Yahoo! and AOL are back at the table discussing a merger, supposedly, as both companies are caught between a rock and a hard place.  — Yahoo! is being targeted by MSFT in an unsolicited $45B takeover bid.  — AOL is persona non grata at Time Warner.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Considering Combo With AOL?  —  As Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) ponders various strategies for rejecting Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), Times Online reports that one possible option is a merger with AOL (NYSE: TWX).  It's not clear though if the company is serious about pursuing this …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Wait.  Yahoo and AOL?  I Was Looking Forward To Something More...Fierce.
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:   Yahoo is talking to AOL - This could work.
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and All Facebook
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web  —  In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Random House To Start Selling By The Chapter; HarperCollins …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:   Publisher Tests Selling By the Chapter
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
Discussion: LiveSide and Breakout Performance
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?
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Small Business Launches New Tools, Enhances Free Service to Help Small Businesses Sell and Market Online  —  Service aims to help small businesses more easily and affordably take, promote and manage their businesses online.  —  To help small businesses effectively market themselves …
Discussion: TechCrunch and LiveSide
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: ParisLemon, MacRumors and Digg
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Putting Candidates Under the Videoscope  —  One late night last November, Mitt Romney, campaigning in Greenville, S.C., was approached by three young women in bright matching outfits looking for a hug.  Mr. Romney, thinking they were cheerleaders from nearby Clemson University, obliged.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The Future of Firefox: Chris Blizzard speaks at SCALE  —  At the Southern California Linux Expo, Mozilla evangelist and board member Chris Blizzard gave a presentation on the future of Firefox.  He discussed Mozilla's long-term goals, demonstrated some of the impressive integration improvements …
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 and RSS
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Bluetooth to piggyback on Wi-Fi
Discussion: Engadget
 
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