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7:30 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Did Microsoft Pay For Danger?  —  Microsoft is in some of kind of spending mood.  First they offered up $45 billion for Yahoo (not enough for some!).  And then there was that Danger acquisition.  But how much did they spend on the Palo Alto-based company started by Android leader Andy Rubin?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft paid $500 million for Danger, and there's got to be a reason  —  Software giant Microsoft reportedly spent $500 million to acquire Danger, the company that developed software to power the youngster-popular Sidekick.  —  The figure, while not officially announced, was dug up in reporting by GigaOm's Om Malik.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple TV Take 2 out now  —  Does anyone out there actually own an Apple TV?  If you do, today is your lucky day.  Apple has just released the software update promised as a part of this year's Macworld Keynote.  The update sports a number of significant enhancements, including set-top HD …
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple TV software update: First impressions
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple TV Take 2 now available
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Apple TV (take 2), take two  —  We got some good time in with Apple's …
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google, Yahoo Make Mobile Moves  —  Both are competing for millions of mobile users  —  The world's top mobile phone manufacturer plans to plug Google into its Nokia Search service on several of its devices.  —  Google touted an impressive team-up during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
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Sumit Agarwal / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile World Congress 2008: Google and Nokia Team Up on Search
Discussion: The Buzz Bin and BBC Internet Blog
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
A lost laptop, a $54 million lawsuit  —  How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information?  Raelyn Campbell figures it's $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.
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) …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   Yahoo's Purchase of Maven Adds Complexity
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Q&A with Jim Breyer: Maven Networks, online video opportunities and Facebook
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal and Xconomy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Big Yahoo shareholder: There are few alternatives to Microsoft bid  —  Legg Mason-which owns 80 million shares of Yahoo, or about 6 percent of the company-said in its fourth quarter commentary that Yahoo will be hard-pressed to find alternatives to Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid.
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Sonia Zjawinski / Wired News:
How Google Got Its Colorful Logo  —  In just a few short years, Google's logo has become as recognizable as Nike's swoosh and NBC's peacock.  Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who developed the now-famous logo, shows the iterations that led to the instantly recognizable primary colors and Catull typeface that define the Google brand.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisites & Non-Security Update coming via Windows Update  —  Today we have a non-security update scheduled for distribution via Windows Update that you may find of some interest.  The non-security update KB947172, a Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista …
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bill Gates Quits Facebook  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has stopped using the Web site Facebook, the most damning indictment in a week full of bad press for social-networking technology.  —  Social-networking Web sites, which help people share and find information about one another …
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
MySpace To Google: Learn How To Sell Advertising, OMMA Report
Discussion: WebProNews
Google Earth Blog:
Twelve New Cities With Google Street View Available  —  [UPDATE: Ok...according to Google - there are 12 new cities in the collection (they counted the Raleigh area as 3 cities).  Originally, I said only six.  I've updated the list below.]  —  Google has not announced it yet …
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Vaibhav Vaish / Google LatLong:
A dozen more cities in Street View
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive  —  As CNET News.com reported last week, Yahoo laid off more than 1,000 employees on Tuesday.  One source inside the company said the number was 1,100, which is slightly higher than expected.  The layoffs bring the headcount down to about 13,200 employees.
Discussion: eWeek
John Earnhardt / The Platform:
New CFO at Cisco  —  Dennis Powell is passing the Cisco CFO baton to Frank Calderoni.  This morning, they jointly opened the NASDAQ stock market and on Friday, February 15th, Calderoni officially assumes the role of Cisco CFO.  I've had the pleasure of working with both men and while I'm sad …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Cisco Layoffs In The Offing?
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on Web  —  Publish or perish has long been the burden of every aspiring university professor.  But the question the Harvard faculty will decide on Tuesday is whether to publish — on the Web, at least — free.  —  Faculty members are scheduled to vote …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twittershare Brings File Sharing to Twitter  —  I love Twitter but even when it's not down it's got its limitations.  Enter the API and a world of developers eager to engage with the active community of Twitter users.  Twittershare is the newest truly useful development on top of Twitter …
Discussion: Download Squad
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile promises 3G by summer; Android phone and Austrian iPhone by end of year  —  Almost every U.S. T-Mobile customer wants to know when the carrier will be activating its 3G network.  After all, it is the only major carrier in the United States not to offer 3G.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
DVD Rip Automates One-Click DVD Ripping  —  Windows only: Rip and back up any DVD to your hard drive with DVD Rip, a freeware Windows application that automates the entire DVD-to-hard-drive backup process.  All you need to do is insert your DVD, run DVD Rip, and let it take care of the rest.  Why?
Discussion: Download Squad
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Exclusive: Will Wright Gives Level Up the Scoop On Why Spore Is Taking So Long to Get Right—And Why It Will Be Worth the Wait, Part I  —  In 2005, we first sat down with Maxis chief designer Will Wright—creator of SimCity and The Sims—to discuss his evolutionary epic Spore.
 
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