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8:30 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
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's second-largest shareholder says Microsoft will need to up ante
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michal Lev-Ram / Business and financial news:
Yahoo shareholders speak out
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Vaibhav Vaish / Google LatLong:
A dozen more cities in Street View
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Maps Street View Cities
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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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV (take 2), take two  —  We got some good time in with Apple's …
Discussion: Paul Colligan's …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple TV software update: First impressions
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.
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.
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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Matt / TorrentFreak:
5 Reasons Why Illegal Downloaders Will Not Face a UK Ban
Discussion: BBC and TechSpot News
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Purchase of Maven Adds Complexity  —  Yahoo is buying Maven Networks, a company that helps outfits like CBS and Sony put their video online.  Its press release is full of all sorts of ways this will help Yahoo: It gets video technology.  Yahoo will be able to use its sales force to sell video ads on partner sites.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc.
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
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.
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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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CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive  —  As expected, Yahoo lays off more than 1,000, but details are not disclosed.  —  Senate shields phone companies from spy lawsuits  —  update Civil liberties groups bash vote as “get-out-of-jail-free card” for AT&T and others accused of illegally opening their networks to the feds.
Discussion: eWeek
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
How Audible Sold Itself To Amazon; No Competing Bids; Price Came Down From Earlier Hopes  —  Audible (NSDQ: ADBL), the spoken word company which is in the process of being bought by Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN), has filed with SEC on a timeline of how the process of its sale went through.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Skrentablog:
Amazon is the Google of buying stuff  —  I went into a little corner non-chain convenience store by my house (the “Devonshire Little Store") for some milk and noticed a big plastic tub of Dubble Bubble at the cash register.  —  Folks I've worked with know that I have a thing for gum.
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
 
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Becky / The Open Rights Group:
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Discussion: Engadget and 1080eyes.com
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner