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7:05 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 …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:   Microsoft vows Yahoo fight
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: InfoWorld, Business Week and AppScout
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft undeterred by Yahoo's rejection, will press on
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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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   James Hong, on selling HotOrNot
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:   HotOrNot Gets Cold Cash
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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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.
Francis Eliott / Times of London:
Internet users could be banned over illegal downloads  —  People who illegally download films and music will be cut off from the internet under new legislative proposals to be unveiled next week.  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to take action against users …
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BBC:
Illegal downloaders ‘face UK ban’
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Best Buy's pushing Blu-ray to the front
Discussion: Business Wire and Ars Technica
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.
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner  —  We've been waiting for Flash support to hit the iPhone ever since...well...it launched.  We've had to make do without Flash for almost eight months, and YouTube even had to convert a bunch of their catalog to H.264 in order for the service to be enjoyed on the iPhone.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Best frenemies for life: Google and Nokia partner on mobile search application  —  Nokia and Google have just announced a partnership that will allow users of Nokia's handsets easy access to Google's search engine, through Nokia's pre-installed search application, called Nokia Search.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:   Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
PGP: Whole disk encryption for Mac OS X is ‘in active development’  —  PGP Corp. is planning to release a version of its whole-disk encryption software for Apple Macintosh computers running OS X.  —  Jon Callas, PGP's chief technology officer, told me on Monday that the software is …
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 …
Discussion: Business Week
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 …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Delivery Delays - Will a Reply from Google Ever Arrive?  —  Significant delays in the delivery of email messages to Gmail users are being widely reported with no apparent response from Google.  As an increasing number of people choose to forward their email to and from Gmail …
Zibri / Zibri's Blog:
ZiPhone !  —  Redownload file.  NEW OPTION to ierase 3.9 bl basebands!  —  (This time i removed osx version because it still doesn't work)  —  Well.. I think that's enough testing... here you have ZiPhone !  —  It's by far the most simple program to setup your iPhone.  —  Just run it and you will see it.
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