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10:50 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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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) …
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Microsoft: Yahoo's Response To Offer Is “Unfortunate;” …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:   Microsoft undeterred by Yahoo's rejection, will press on
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: AppScout and InfoWorld
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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Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:   HotOrNot Gets Cold Cash
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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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.
Discussion: Apple Watch, MacMegasite and Slashdot
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Best Buy's pushing Blu-ray to the front
Discussion: Business Wire and Ars Technica
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Best Buy kicks HD DVD while it's down
Discussion: DailyTech
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Best Buy, Netflix join HD DVD dogpile
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
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
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 CenterNetworks
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.
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.
Macworld UK:
Apple preps digital radio for iPhone  —  New iPhone technology set to bring DAB to iPhone  —  Jonny Evans  —  Apple is quietly working up systems that will enable users to receive and listen to digital radio using an iPhone.  —  This news is buried in a report detailing a move away …
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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John Plunkett / Guardian:   Hazlitt: DAB ‘not economically viable’
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: PC World, Crave and All Facebook
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Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Discussion: iLounge and iPhone World
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 …
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.
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).
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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.
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
 
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