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12:50 PM 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Drop that mouse and put your hands up!
Discussion: BBC NEWS and Smalltalk Tidbits …
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
More music industry internet idiocy
New York Post:
YAHOO! HOO-HA  —  SHAREHOLDERS, BALLMER POUR ON THE PRESSURE  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo! takeover battle is about to get ugly - and how ugly will depend on whether the CEOs of both companies behave rationally or emotionally.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fired back at Yahoo! …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
First Lawsuit Filed In Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
Discussion: Bloomberg and Valleywag
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft-Yahoo: On To Round II
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.
DSLreports:
Google Hijacking 404 Pages? - There's money in them thar 404s...
Discussion: Seoker.com
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.
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 …
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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms Acquisition Of Video Platform Maven; Price Tag: $160 Million
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.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
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Electronista:
Vodafone: fewer mobile OSes, iPhone as guide  —  The market for mobile operating systems must shrink if the cellphone industry is going to expand, Vodafone chief Arun Sarin said today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The carrier head notes that the sheer number of operating systems available …
Discussion: Computerworld and Reuters
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Vodafone CEO calls for mobile OS consolidation
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Register
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
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and Digg
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Designing Google's Logo
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
Should Nokia Worry About Android?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yahoo! oneConnect To “Reinvent” Mobile Communications  —  Yahoo! is announcing the launch of “oneConnect” today at the Mobile World Congress 2008 conference. oneConnect is expected to become available in the award-winning Yahoo! Go 3.0 and Yahoo!'s new mobile home page in Q2 2008.
Discussion: AppScout, Electronista, eWeek and Mashable!
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InfoWorld:
Yahoo shows off oneConnect social address book
Discussion: The Register
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
All in the family: Dell acquires MessageOne; broadens SaaS reach  —  Dell said Tuesday that it has acquired email as a service provider MessageOne for $155 million in a move that broadens the company's software offerings.  MessageOne was co-founded by Michael Dell's brother Adam.
Discussion: Tech Confidential, eWeek and GigaOM
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Dell wants to sell you systems, but the Holy Grail may be managing them
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
All-star LED team quietly working on Blu-ray successors  —  Blu-ray is finally getting some momentum in the market, and two secretive start-ups are already looking at ways to replace the standard, or at least retrofit it.  —  Kaai and Soraa are trying to develop lasers and LEDs that could …
Discussion: 1080eyes.com and DailyTech
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed  —  Did you miss your Blackberry yesterday?  You weren't the only one and here's why and what you can do about it.  —  According to an article in the LA Times, yesterday's four-hour RIM outage blanketed the America, but didn't affect parts of Europe.
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A reminder: Microsoft to push WGA-free IE 7 to business users today
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amid lackluster IT spending, CIOs say ERP back en vogue
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Scientology ‘raids’ held in nearly 100 cities
Discussion: DailyTech
eWeek:
RIM Getting Touchy?
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
Discussion: MediaFile, Valleywag and Mashable!
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
10.5.2 update shows Apple listens to users