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9:35 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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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: Electronista, Gizmodo and I4U News
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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.”
BBC:
Nokia aiming to banish paper maps  —  Nokia has launched navigation tools designed to make the paper street map obsolete for pedestrians.  —  The firm's next generation of digital maps gives real-time walking directions on the mobile phone screen, just like sat-nav systems which guide drivers.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:   Nokia 6210: Navigator phone
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
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
5 Things that SOA Vendors are Missing  —  SOA vendors are trying to figure out how to sell in this emerging marketplace.  For most of them, things don't seem to be going very well.  At the heart of the issue is the fact that SOA is an architecture (hence the “A"), and not a class of technology.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Dave Morgan, AOL's EVP-Global Advertising Strategy, Leaving For Startup World Again  —  Dave Morgan, the founder of online advertising firms RealMedia (which later became 24/7RealMedia and sold to WPP for $649 million) and Tacoda, is leaving AOL (NYSE: TWX) exactly three months …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo Tech Ticker Launches Monday
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N78, in European and North American flavors
Discussion: Gizmodo
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
Microsoft:
Microsoft Office Live Small Business Launches New Tools …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Putting Candidates Under the Videoscope
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Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
Many Obstacles to Digital TV Reception, Study Says
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web