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10:15 AM ET, February 11, 2008

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Agence France Presse:
Google's Android software debuts in Barcelona  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - The first mobile phone fitted with Google's Android software platform has made its debut in Barcelona at one of the world's biggest telecom trade shows, Google said Monday.  —  Google is hoping Android will become …
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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 …
Discussion: Engadget and Online Video Watch
Electronista:
Nokia vows touch phone in late 2008, no Windows  —  Nokia at its press conference for the Mobile World Congress expo set a timeframe for unveiling the company's first-ever touchscreen phone as well as clarified its operating system plans.  Although few details have been released for the device itself …
BBC:   Nokia aiming to banish paper maps
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N96 redefines “high-end”  —  Rumored for a few weeks now as the N95's successor in waiting, the mighty N96 dual slider has gone all official on us at Mobile World Congress today.  Though the phone it replaces is still a beast by any measure, the N96 pushes the envelope further …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N78, in European and North American flavors
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia's 6210 Navigator, 6220 classic, and Maps 2.0
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Nokia upgrades navigation service
Discussion: Nokia and CrunchGear
Times of London:
Yahoo! set to revive merger talks with AOL after rejecting hostile takeover  —  Yahoo! is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL as a means of defending itself against the $45 billion (£23 billion) hostile bid approach from Microsoft, The Times has learnt.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wait.  Yahoo and AOL?  I Was Looking Forward To Something More...Fierce.  —  I was so damned excited yesterday to see Yahoo preparing to put up a Mel Gibson style Braveheart fight against Microsoft, Google and anyone else that tried to screw with their freedom.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Yahoo Bidder Wants a More Aggressive Microsoft
Discussion: ParisLemon
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo officially says no to Microsoft; It could get ugly  —  Yahoo on Monday made its rejection of Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid official, concluding that the software giant's offer “is not in the best interests of Yahoo! and our stockholders” and “substantially undervalues” the company.
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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Reuters:
Netflix says chooses Blu-ray format over HD DVD
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nokia:
Nokia launches premier mobile advertising network  —  Nokia Media Network, comprised of top operators and publishers including AccuWeather, Discovery, Hearst, Reuters, and Sprint is resulting in industry-leading response rates for advertisers  —  Mobile World Congress 2008, Barcelona …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and All About Symbian
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Nokia launches Ovi digital media, folds in Twango
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft axes paid versions of Office Live Small Business  —  Microsoft is merging the three existing paid versions of its Office Live Small Business product into one and making that single version available for free, the company announced on February 11.  —  Office Live Small Business …
Discussion: eWeek and WinBeta
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Small Business Launches New Tools …
Discussion: LiveSide and TechCrunch
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0  —  I'm getting scattered reports claiming that there is still a hack for Windows Vista SP1 that works.  I'll investigate further later.]  —  It does seem that Microsoft hasn't been successful in closing off all the hacks that allow non-genuine copies of Vista SP1 to pass off as genuine ones.
Discussion: Engadget, Slashdot and Digg
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola, Nortel in Talks  —  Motorola Inc. and Nortel Networks Corp. are in talks to combine their wireless-infrastructure units in a joint venture, said people familiar with the situation, the latest response to slowing growth in the telecom-equipment industry.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Customer blames bankruptcy on IBM IT failure  —  American LaFrance (ALF), the “leading brand of custom-made fire fighting, fire rescue vehicles, ambulances, and heavy-duty work refuse vehicles,” has declared bankruptcy, blaming IBM and a failed ERP implementation.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Sony Ericsson to Boost U.S. Presence
Discussion: mocoNews.net
CNN:
Microsoft likely to raise bid for Yahoo if board reject initial offer - analysts
Discussion: WebProNews and Micronet's blog
Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
5 Things that SOA Vendors are Missing
Discussion: CNET News.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Dave Morgan, AOL's EVP-Global Advertising Strategy, Leaving For Startup World Again
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's F480 Prada (without the Prada) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Could the Interruption Economy Sack Prosperity?
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
SeatWave Prints $25 Million Ticket
Vincent / Xubuntu Blog:
Design your own desktop with Xfce 4.4
Discussion: Digg
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Nuconomy Emerges To Provide Next Generation Site Analytics
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Yahoo Tech Ticker Launches Monday
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and ParisLemon
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes touchscreen mainstream with two phones set to simplify your life
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Pace of Innovation in Journalism
Discussion: MediaVidea
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Putting Candidates Under the Videoscope
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
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