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2:40 AM ET, February 12, 2008

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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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Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement  —  Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 11, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Yahoo's Response To Offer Is “Unfortunate;” Warns It Could Take Other Steps; No New Bid  —  Microsoft (MSFT) issued a statement this afternoon calling Yahoo's (YHOO) rejection of its $31-a-share takeover bid “unfortunate.”  The company gave no signs of backing down …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft undeterred by Yahoo's rejection, will press on
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: InfoWorld and AppScout
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft rejects Yahoo! rejection
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million  —  San Francisco based HotOrNot, founded by James Hong and Jim Young in October 2000, has been acquired, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  The buyers are investors connected with Avid Life Media, and paid somewhere around $20 million for the site.
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Dan Frakes / Macworld:
10.5.2 update shows Apple listens to users  —  Over the years, Apple periodically comes under fire for not listening to its customers—specifically, for deciding on particular features (or a lack thereof) and then sticking by its guns regardless of the reaction.  Although some of this criticism is off-base, some of it is spot-on.
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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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple releases OS X 10.5.2 update, tons of fixes
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.
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.
Los Angeles Times:
BlackBerry outage hits North America  —  It's the second blackout in a year.  E-mail service returns after about four hours.  —  For the second time in a year, the Canadian maker of the popular BlackBerry e-mail and phone device suffered a major breakdown today that cut off wireless e-mail throughout North and Central America.
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Netflix:
Netflix, Citing a Clear Signal From the Industry, Will Carry High-Def DVDs Only in Blu-ray Format  —  With the industry now having picked a winner in the face-off between the two competing high- definition DVD formats, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Best Buy kicks HD DVD while it's down
Discussion: Reuters and DailyTech
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.
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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MORE THAN 12 MILLION AT&T, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS TO GET FREE WI-FI …
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
Benchmark Closes Sixth Fund  —  Silicon Valley venture firm Benchmark Capital has closed its sixth fund with around $500 million, peHUB has learned.  That's 20% more than what Benchmark raised for its fifth fund in 2004, and includes commitments from the firm's partners and several portfolio company founders (past and present).
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Benchmark has raised a sixth fund of $500M
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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone  —  A teen hacker known for his deftness with iPhones has figured out how to unlock models running the latest firmware versions by cracking a protection that that has frustrated hackers for weeks.  —  The breakthrough by George Hotz, aka Geohot …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Some EBay Sellers Will Get a Price Break, but Hated Feedback System Stays  —  EBay is giving a little to disgruntled sellers, but it is holding firm on the changes it has made recently that many of them like least.  —  In a post on eBay's announcement board today, Lorrie Norrington …
 
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Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
PGP: Whole disk encryption for Mac OS X is ‘in active development’
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MWC 2008: Spice Movie Phone has a built-in optical disc drive
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