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9:15 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;” …
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 All News Feeds
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.
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.
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
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 and Electronista
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:   Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
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.
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 …
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's MBP-100 mini projector goes mobile in March  —  Having recovered from the recoil of handsets shotgunned into Mobile World Congress, Samsung returns with a hot little accessory.  The MBP-100 mini projector casts a 20-inch display from cellphones or presumably appropriately jacked portable media players of all kinds.
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Engadget Mobile
 
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bill Gates Quits Facebook
PhysOrg.com:
Russia becomes ‘spam superpower’: survey
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
This fan-made PSP redesign is sexy
Discussion: Engadget, All News Feeds and Kotaku
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's world-beating XPERIA X1
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Demand for Video Reshaping Internet
Cheatah / Seanbajuice:
Netflix coming to PS3, XBOX 360 Full Details!
Discussion: ParisLemon and Engadget
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’
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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
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Feng-GUI: “Visual Attention” Heatmaps
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Delivery Delays - Will a Reply from Google Ever Arrive?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Some EBay Sellers Will Get a Price Break, but Hated Feedback System Stays
Esther Dyson / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Ad Revolution
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CNN Launches iReport.com