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1:55 PM ET, February 11, 2008


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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Loses Starbucks; AT&T Becomes Wi-Fi Hotspot Giant  —  Big news, and I had not an inkling of it, lest you think your loyal correspondent always has the inside track: Starbucks is shredding its deal in place since 2001, originally with MobileStar then T-Mobile, to switch to AT&T as their Wi-Fi provider.
MORE THAN 12 MILLION AT&T, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS TO GET FREE WI-FI ACCESS FOR A RICH IN-STORE EXPERIENCE  —  New Offering Includes Two Hours of Free Wi-Fi Service Per Day for Starbucks Card Holders Beginning this Spring  —  All 100,000 U.S.-Based Starbucks Partners to Receive Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks Stores
Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T  —  Ubiquitous caffeine conglomerate Starbucks has ended its Wi-Fi partnership with T-Mobile in favor of one with AT&T.  —  Under the existing plan with T-Mobile, Starbucks customers needed a paid subscription to access the in-store Wi-Fi …
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Associated Press:
Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi With AT&T
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Business Wire:
Starbucks to Expand Technology Relationship with AT&T
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire Danger Inc., Strengthens Mobile Consumer Vision  —  Acquisition of popular software and mobile services company will enhance Microsoft's ability to broadly deliver compelling mobile experiences.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an agreement …
Next Generation of Microsoft Innovation Focuses on Mobile Consumer  —  Company agrees to acquire Danger Inc., unveils additional industry partnerships to heighten connected entertainment and information experience for mobile customers.  —  Taking steps to place its technologies in the hands …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Buys Sidekick-Maker, Danger  —  That Yahoo thing is going to take sometime, but acquisition hungry Microsoft isn't sitting idle.  They have snapped up Palo Alto-based Danger Inc for an undisclosed amount of money.  While they are not giving reasons as to why they are buying Danger …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Board of Directors Says Microsoft's Proposal Substantially Undervalues Yahoo!  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said the Yahoo! Board of Directors has carefully reviewed Microsoft's unsolicited proposal with Yahoo!'s management team and financial …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Leaves an Opening
Discussion: Tech Beat and TechBlog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WWMD: What Will Microsoft Do?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android Hands-On Video: It's Fast, It's Still Not There  —  We have been playing with the Android prototypes scattered through the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona.  ARM had theirs running on one of their lower-end processors.  No fancy graphics demos, no iPhone-style multimedia fizzbang …
Discussion: CyberNet and
Agence France Presse:
Google's Android software debuts in Barcelona  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - The first mobile phone fitted with Google's Android software platform has made its debut in Barcelona at one of the world's biggest telecom trade shows, Google said Monday.  —  Google is hoping Android will become …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Google attacks: Android at Mobile World Congress
Anthony Park / 100% Geek Content:
New Vista Media Center Plugin - MyNetflix (beta)  —  I've kept this pretty quiet, but I've been working on a new Media Center plugin for a little while now.  It is now ready for beta testing, and I've decided to run a public beta for this one.  —  MyNetflix features … Public Beta Program
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Windows Media Center plug-in puts Netflix in your living room
Discussion: Digital Trends
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD DVD soon  —  In what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future.  Netflix justified its decision …
Netflix says chooses Blu-ray format over HD DVD
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gadgetell
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 availability for technical customers  —  On Monday (February 4th), we announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Overall, people are excited to hear that we have reached this milestone, but some are disappointed they are not able to immediately download it.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0
Discussion: Engadget, Compiler and WinBeta
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Clips Facebook In January, But Both Slowing  —  Good news for MySpace: January comScore numbers show some audience metrics ticking up — and in many cases, outpacing rival Facebook.  The bad news for both social networks: Those same numbers still indicate that American users, at least, may be reaching social network fatigue.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Social Times
Joe / BB Geeks:
Pictures of the CDMA BlackBerry Curve … Well, I promised them a week ago.  Finally, fellow geekers, I have brought you pictures of the impending CDMA Curve.  I'll start posting them below the jump.  You can find out some of the features by going back and reading last week's post.  Yes, it has GPS.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Yahoo Spikes Microsoft Buy Offer
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
First GPhone Hands-On  —  We're trying to grab some better …
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CNN Launches
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
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Powerful new antiphishing weapon DKIM emerges
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