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6:15 AM ET, February 11, 2008

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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
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:   Why a Yahoo! and AOL Merger Will Never Happen
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Yahoo Considering Combo With AOL?
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Yahoo and AOL: Desperation squared
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:   Yahoo is talking to AOL - This could work.
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N78, in European and North American flavors  —  The revamped Nseries lineup is coming fast and furious since the launch of the N81 and N82 late last year, and the latest candybar to get the updated industrial design is the N78, a midrange handset (by Nseries standards, anyway) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia's 6210 Navigator, 6220 classic, and Maps 2.0  —  No question about it, the N78 and the N96 are the heavies in Nokia's Mobile World Congress announcements, but there are a couple gems on the lower end, too — if you can really call a navigation-ready handset and a 5 megapixel smartphone “lower end.”
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes touchscreen mainstream with two phones set to simplify your life  —  The new G700 and G900 phones are designed to give back time.  They place personal organiser features and easy finger-touch control within familiar form factors.  —  Sony Ericsson today launched …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson strengthens Cyber-shot™ phone range with two …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook?  Just Try Breaking Free  —  Are you a member of Facebook.com?  You may have a lifetime contract.  —  Some users have discovered that it is nearly impossible to remove themselves entirely from Facebook, setting off a fresh round of concern over the popular social network's use of personal data.
Discussion: Insider Chatter and All Facebook
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web  —  In an attempt to increase book sales, HarperCollins Publishers will begin offering free electronic editions of some of its books on its Web site, including a novel by Paulo Coelho and a cookbook by the Food Network star Robert Irvine.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Random House To Start Selling By The Chapter; HarperCollins …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:   Publisher Tests Selling By the Chapter
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Putting Candidates Under the Videoscope  —  One late night last November, Mitt Romney, campaigning in Greenville, S.C., was approached by three young women in bright matching outfits looking for a hug.  Mr. Romney, thinking they were cheerleaders from nearby Clemson University, obliged.
Discussion: Social Media
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo Tech Ticker Launches Monday  —  Yahoo's new web video show, Tech Ticker, starts on Monday.  The program, which will focus on tech stocks, is to release four to eight videos each day.  Earlier reports had said the show would be live, but it will be entirely on demand, according to Yahoo spokesperson Brian Nelson.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Yodel Anecdotal
Motorola:
Motorola Debuts New Devices At Mobile World Congress 2008  —  New Dual-Mode and W Series Handsets Added to Portfolio  —  BARCELONA, Spain - Mobile World Congress 2008 - 11 February 2008 -Today at Mobile World Congress, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) introduced its latest device with both cellular …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and CrunchGear
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Nuconomy Emerges To Provide Next Generation Site Analytics  —  Tel Aviv/San Francisco based Nuconomy (part of the recent Israeli Web Tour in California) is aiming to give publishers a lot more information about what's happening on their sites than Google Analytics currently offers.
Discussion: Forbes and VC Cafe
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Small Business Launches New Tools, Enhances Free Service to Help Small Businesses Sell and Market Online  —  Service aims to help small businesses more easily and affordably take, promote and manage their businesses online.  —  To help small businesses effectively market themselves …
Discussion: TechCrunch and LiveSide
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBSSports.com Changes March Madness Game Plan: All Games Through Final Four, No Blackouts; Facebook  —  In a switch from its previous policy, CBSSports.com and NCAA.com will show all 63 of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship games from the March 20th kickoff through the Final Four …
Discussion: last100
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Pace of Innovation in Journalism  —  How long does it take to launch an innovative new feature on a newspaper site?  About 48 hours — that's the standard set by innovative editors like Jack Lail at Knoxnews.com, Tom Meagher at Herald News, and Mark Briggs at Thenewstribune.com.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Apple applies for trademark extension relating to gaming  —  Might Apple have interest in gaming beyond its pokey iPod gaming offerings?  Maybe, when you consider that the company has recently applied to expand its trademark into the realm of gaming.  The new filing was made on February 5 …
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
EA Working On Social Games Incubator; Along With CAA
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz and Kotaku
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Bluetooth SIG to add 802.11 support for heavy lifting
Discussion: RSS and GigaOM
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft's Yahoo! Acquisition is Bold. And Dumb.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Record Label Quits, Uploads Albums onto The Pirate Bay
Discussion: The Next Web, Mashable! and Digg
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XML People  —  XML is ten years old today.  It feels like yesterday, or a lifetime.
Jerrold Nadler / New York Times:
We Interrupt This Broadcast
Discussion: Ars Technica