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8:55 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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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  —  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.
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
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Yahoo and AOL: Desperation squared
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Considering Combo With AOL?
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.”
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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:   Nokia 6210: Navigator phone
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
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
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
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.
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
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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Roy Furchgott / New York Times:
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