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3:20 AM ET, February 12, 2008

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Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement  —  Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. …
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Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement  —  Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 11, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Yahoo's Response To Offer Is “Unfortunate;” Warns It Could Take Other Steps; No New Bid  —  Microsoft (MSFT) issued a statement this afternoon calling Yahoo's (YHOO) rejection of its $31-a-share takeover bid “unfortunate.”  The company gave no signs of backing down …
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: Business Week, InfoWorld and AppScout
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft undeterred by Yahoo's rejection, will press on
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million  —  San Francisco based HotOrNot, founded by James Hong and Jim Young in October 2000, has been acquired, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  The buyers are investors connected with Avid Life Media, and paid somewhere around $20 million for the site.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   James Hong, on selling HotOrNot
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:   HotOrNot Gets Cold Cash
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
10.5.2 update shows Apple listens to users  —  Over the years, Apple periodically comes under fire for not listening to its customers—specifically, for deciding on particular features (or a lack thereof) and then sticking by its guns regardless of the reaction.  Although some of this criticism is off-base, some of it is spot-on.
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IDC:
U.S. Internet Advertising Grew by 27% to $25.5 billion in 2007, According to IDC - Google Loses Market Share for First Time in Two Years  —  As consumers spend more time on the Internet, companies are redistributing advertising dollars from traditional media to online media to follow this trend.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat raises $320,000 seed round, traffic growing  —  VentureBeat has just raised a seed round, and I wanted to be the first one to let you know.  The news is beginning to leak after we filed a regulatory document.  —  VentureBeat has grown steadily since launching more than a year ago.
Netflix:
Netflix, Citing a Clear Signal From the Industry, Will Carry High-Def DVDs Only in Blu-ray Format  —  With the industry now having picked a winner in the face-off between the two competing high- definition DVD formats, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Best Buy kicks HD DVD while it's down
Discussion: Reuters and DailyTech
Los Angeles Times:
BlackBerry outage hits North America  —  It's the second blackout in a year.  E-mail service returns after about four hours.  —  For the second time in a year, the Canadian maker of the popular BlackBerry e-mail and phone device suffered a major breakdown today that cut off wireless e-mail throughout North and Central America.
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CNN Launches iReport.com  —  Since CNN embraced the citizen journalist movement back in August 2006 with the launch of its iReport initiative, the news organization has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, including nearly 10,000 this past January alone.
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Loses Starbucks; AT&T Becomes Wi-Fi Hotspot Giant  —  Big news, and I had not an inkling of it, lest you think your loyal correspondent always has the inside track: Starbucks is shredding its deal in place since 2001, originally with MobileStar then T-Mobile, to switch to AT&T as their Wi-Fi provider.
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MORE THAN 12 MILLION AT&T, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS TO GET FREE WI-FI …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone  —  A teen hacker known for his deftness with iPhones has figured out how to unlock models running the latest firmware versions by cracking a protection that that has frustrated hackers for weeks.  —  The breakthrough by George Hotz, aka Geohot …
Discussion: Business Week
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Delivery Delays - Will a Reply from Google Ever Arrive?  —  Significant delays in the delivery of email messages to Gmail users are being widely reported with no apparent response from Google.  As an increasing number of people choose to forward their email to and from Gmail …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
PGP: Whole disk encryption for Mac OS X is ‘in active development’  —  PGP Corp. is planning to release a version of its whole-disk encryption software for Apple Macintosh computers running OS X.  —  Jon Callas, PGP's chief technology officer, told me on Monday that the software is …
Esther Dyson / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Ad Revolution  —  While the big news in the online world focuses on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, a more profound revolution is taking place on the online social networks: The discussion about privacy is changing as users take control over their own online data.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Some EBay Sellers Will Get a Price Break, but Hated Feedback System Stays  —  EBay is giving a little to disgruntled sellers, but it is holding firm on the changes it has made recently that many of them like least.  —  In a post on eBay's announcement board today, Lorrie Norrington …
 
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Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:
Carriers Team to Fight Child Porn on Cell Phones
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Chikai Ohazama / Google LatLong:
Truly global  —  When I was an intern at Silicon Graphics in the '90s …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson's new HSPA ExpressCards offer effortless high speed …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
MWC 2008: Spice Movie Phone has a built-in optical disc drive
Discussion: Engadget
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Thievin' teen bot herder admits to infecting military computers
Macworld UK:
Apple preps digital radio for iPhone
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Much like my Uncle Charlie, MSN Direct doesn't work
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Salesforce.com Suffers Outage
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Benchmark Closes Sixth Fund
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InfoWorld:
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