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10:00 AM ET, February 12, 2008

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Francis Eliott / Times of London:
Internet users could be banned over illegal downloads  —  People who illegally download films and music will be cut off from the internet under new legislative proposals to be unveiled next week.  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to take action against users …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK To Force ISPs To Kick Casual File Sharers Off The Internet
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and Mashable!
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner  —  We've been waiting for Flash support to hit the iPhone ever since...well...it launched.  We've had to make do without Flash for almost eight months, and YouTube even had to convert a bunch of their catalog to H.264 in order for the service to be enjoyed on the iPhone.
PR Newswire:
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:
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) …
Seoker.com:
Google hijacking 404 error pages  —  This morning I installed the Google Toolbar beta version on one of my computers and my oh my - there is something that can have huge impact to many webmasters.  Google grabs the 404 error code returned to the web browser in certain situations and instead …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
New Google Toolbar Beta Hijacks 404 Pages?  —  According to reports at DigitalPoint forums, the latest beta release of Google Toolbar hijacks 404 pages as shown in the image above.  —  It's not clear from the reports as to whether this occurs only when no customized 404 page is available on a specific site, or with every 404 page.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Best frenemies for life: Google and Nokia partner on mobile search application  —  Nokia and Google have just announced a partnership that will allow users of Nokia's handsets easy access to Google's search engine, through Nokia's pre-installed search application, called Nokia Search.
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates  —  With the cell phone fast becoming an Internet entry point of choice, the handset maker is grappling with Google over the wireless Web  —  The battle for Internet turf is no longer just a figure of speech.  Nokia (NOK) on Feb. 11 announced a quartet …
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Releases Aperture 2  —  Major Upgrade Features Improved Interface, Faster Browsing & Enhanced Image Processing  —  Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 2, the next major release of its groundbreaking photo editing and management software with over 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use and more powerful.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Aperture 2.0  —  Apple announced Aperture 2, the next major release of its photo editing and management software.  The new version contains over 100 new features with a streamlined user interface and entirely new image processing engine.  Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc.  —  Will Expand Yahoo!'s Video Capabilities; Important Step in Enhancing Yahoo!'s Solutions for Publishers and Advertisers - Making Video Easier to Buy  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms Acquisition Of Video Platform Maven; Price Tag: $160 Million
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Business Wire:
Yahoo! and T-Mobile Agree to Enter Into Strategic Partnership  —  Agreement Sets the Stage for Yahoo! oneSearch to Become the Mobile  —  Search Service in European T-Mobile Markets Companies Plan to Co-Develop Innovative Search Features  —  Yahoo! (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Vodafone CEO sees mobile Web as the future
Discussion: Computerworld and IDG News Service
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.
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.
 
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eWeek:
RIM Getting Touchy?
Discussion: Reuters and IDG News Service
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
Andy / AndyDickinson.net:
Newspaper video tag cloud - via twitter
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Plundering the pirates
Discussion: PSFK
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bill Gates Quits Facebook
PhysOrg.com:
Russia becomes ‘spam superpower’: survey
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's MBP-100 mini projector goes mobile in March
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Engadget Mobile
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Demand for Video Reshaping Internet
 Earlier Items: 
Cheatah / Seanbajuice:
Netflix coming to PS3, XBOX 360 Full Details!
Zibri / Zibri's Blog:
ZiPhone !  —  Redownload file.  NEW OPTION to ierase 3.9 bl basebands!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
PGP: Whole disk encryption for Mac OS X is ‘in active development’
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone
Discussion: Business Week
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Salesforce.com Suffers Outage
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Delivery Delays - Will a Reply from Google Ever Arrive?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Some EBay Sellers Will Get a Price Break, but Hated Feedback System Stays
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat raises $320,000 seed round, traffic growing
 

 
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