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8:30 AM ET, February 12, 2008

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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 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;” …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:   Microsoft vows Yahoo fight
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: Business Week, InfoWorld and AppScout
Cade Metz / The Register:
Microsoft rejects Yahoo! rejection
Discussion: TechSpot News
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
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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BBC:
Illegal downloaders ‘face UK ban’  —  People in the UK who go online and illegally download music and films may have their internet access cut, under plans the government is considering.  —  A draft consultation Green Paper suggests internet service providers would be required to take action over users who access pirated material.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Digg
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.
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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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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:   Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian:   Nokia to offer Google search results
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?
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
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PhysOrg.com:
Russia becomes ‘spam superpower’: survey
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Digg
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
This fan-made PSP redesign is sexy
Discussion: Engadget, All News Feeds and Kotaku
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
News.blog: ARM demos Google Android handset
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
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Discussion: VoIP Blog and Engadget Mobile
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's world-beating XPERIA X1
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
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Cheatah / Seanbajuice:
Netflix coming to PS3, XBOX 360 Full Details!
Discussion: ParisLemon and Engadget
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Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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Sony Ericsson:
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Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
MWC 2008: Spice Movie Phone has a built-in optical disc drive
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Thievin' teen bot herder admits to infecting military computers
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone
Discussion: Business Week
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Salesforce.com Suffers Outage
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