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7:45 PM ET, February 11, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement  —  Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. …
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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 …
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: AppScout and InfoWorld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Yahoo's Response To Offer Is “Unfortunate;” …
Discussion: The Register
Microsoft:
Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Searchviews
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.
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Starbucks:
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
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Starbucks: Forget T-Mobile, get (free) WiFi with AT&T
Discussion: Epicenter and BetaNews
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 …
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
First GPhone Hands-On  —  We're trying to grab some better …
Discussion: PDA
Adam Plowright / Agence France Presse:
Google's Android debuts in Barcelona
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Our first Android phone hands-on
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Microsoft:
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 …
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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 …
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IDC:
U.S. Internet Advertising Grew by 27% to $25.5 billion in 2007, According to IDC - Google Loses Market Share for First Time in Two Years  —  As consumers spend more time on the Internet, companies are redistributing advertising dollars from traditional media to online media to follow this trend.
Mudbug / MacRumors:
Mac OS X (Leopard) 10.5.2 Update Released  —  Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard update.  The 180MB download is now available via Software Update, and a restart is required after installation:  —  The 10.5.2 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Leopard …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple releases OS X 10.5.2 update, tons of fixes
Eric Griffith / AppScout:
WeFi Goes Mobile, Tries Facebook  —  WeFi's been around a while with the mission of making Wi-Fi as “easy to use as cell phone.”  So it only makes good sense that the software/service combo, which maps accessible, free Wi-Fi (in hotspots and elsewhere), is now available for phones.
Discussion: Mashable! and All Facebook
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Discussion: iLounge and iPhone World
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CNN Launches iReport.com  —  Since CNN embraced the citizen journalist movement back in August 2006 with the launch of its iReport initiative, the news organization has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, including nearly 10,000 this past January alone.
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.
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Salesforce.com Shares Jump On Report They've Shopped Themselves To Oracle; Seems Pricey For Larry, Though  —  Salesforce.com (CRM) is higher today on a report from the blog SiliconValleyWatcher.com that says the company “has approached Oracle (ORCL) to gauge if there is any interest in a sale at $75 a share.”
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat raises $320,000 seed round, traffic growing  —  VentureBeat has just raised a seed round, and I wanted to be the first one to let you know.  The news is beginning to leak after we filed a regulatory document.  —  VentureBeat has grown steadily since launching more than a year ago.
Discussion: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
Esther Dyson / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Ad Revolution  —  While the big news in the online world focuses on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, a more profound revolution is taking place on the online social networks: The discussion about privacy is changing as users take control over their own online data.
Discussion: Technology Questions
Darren Murph / Engadget:
RIM affirms that BlackBerry services are down — again  —  Oh noes!  BlackBerry addicts everywhere have reason to panic this afternoon, as their beloved network is indeed experiencing technical difficulties — and it's certainly not the first time that this has happened in the past year.
 
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