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5:00 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.
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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Gadgetell
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Quincy Pince-Nez / 9 to 5 Mac:
Starbucks drops Tmobile and goes with AT&T AND free 2 hours …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Starbucks: Forget T-Mobile, get (free) WiFi with AT&T
Discussion: BetaNews and greg hughes
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Buys Sidekick Maker, Danger  —  Update: That Yahoo thing is going to take some time, but acquisition-hungry Microsoft isn't sitting idle.  They have snapped up Palo Alto, Calif.-based Danger Inc. for an undisclosed amount of money.  While they are not giving reasons …
Microsoft:
Next Generation of Microsoft Innovation Focuses on Mobile Consumer
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Valleywag
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Microsoft says “We got nuthin!” buys Danger/Sidekick platform
Kevin Anderson / Guardian Unlimited:
Microsoft snubbed by Yahoo so goes for Danger
Discussion: DealBook and Mobility Site
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Microsoft Buys Another Desperate Company: Danger Goes To Redmond
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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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 …
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Adam Plowright / Agence France Presse:
Google's Android debuts in Barcelona  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - The first mobile phones fitted with Google's Android software platform made their debut at an industry trade show on Monday, a milestone for the Internet giant as it looks to dominate the wireless world.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Our first Android phone hands-on
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0
Discussion: Engadget
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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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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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
CDMA BlackBerry Curve emerges
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
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.
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
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. …
Discussion: Joe Duck and Paul Kedrosky's …
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.”
 
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Mudbug / MacRumors:
Mac OS X (Leopard) 10.5.2 Update Released
Discussion: Engadget
Google Watch:
Yahoo Bounces Bid Ball in Microsoft's Court
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Earthlink Officially Bows Out of Muni Wi-Fi Business
IDC:
U.S. Internet Advertising Grew by 27% to $25.5 billion in 2007 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Esther Dyson / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Ad Revolution
Hon Lau / Symantec Corp.:
Pidief, the Word for Exploits?
Jennifer Shanks / PR Newswire:
Plantronics Introduces New Military Grade Ruggedized Bluetooth Headset
Discussion: Engadget and Mobility Site
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Microsoft's Shane Kim On ‘Fable 2,’ Why Marvel MMO Was Canceled And More
Brian Oberkirch / Like It Matters:
really, we don't want to join your social network
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Comcast takes on AT&T with faster Net service
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
Microsoft:
MSN Direct Now Available for Windows Mobile Devices
New York Times:
The Auction of Getty Images Appears to Be Stalled
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Customer blames bankruptcy on IBM IT failure