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4:50 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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why a Yahoo! and AOL Merger Will Never Happen  —  Yahoo! and AOL are back at the table discussing a merger, supposedly, as both companies are caught between a rock and a hard place.  — Yahoo! is being targeted by MSFT in an unsolicited $45B takeover bid.  — AOL is persona non grata at Time Warner.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Yahoo and AOL: Desperation squared
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Yahoo Considering Combo With AOL?
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:   Yahoo is talking to AOL - This could work.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA  —  It's here, the XPERIA X1 QWERTY from Sony Ericsson.  Yes, full QWERTY to make the most of that Windows Mobile 6 operating system.  SE's new XPERIA brand will focus on multimedia and mobile web communication.
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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 …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson puts ‘your life in a clamshell’ with the new Z770 web-enabled phone
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
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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
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: Carrypad and Engadget Mobile
ongoing:
XML People  —  XML is ten years old today.  It feels like yesterday, or a lifetime.  I wrote this that year (1998).  It's really long.  —  The title was originally Good Luck and Internet Plumbing but the filename was “XML-People” and I decided I liked that better.  I never got around to publishing it, so why not now?
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
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 …
Discussion: ParisLemon, MacRumors and Digg
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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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Yahoo Bidder Wants a More Aggressive Microsoft  —  When Yahoo sends its letter rejecting Microsoft's $44.6 billion on Monday, it will end up in the inbox of a largely unknown executive on Microsoft's sprawling campus, Christopher P. Liddell.  —  Mr. Liddell, a former banker from New Zealand …
Discussion: ParisLemon
 
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