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7:50 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;” …
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:   Microsoft vows Yahoo fight
Elizabeth Montalbano / InfoWorld:
Microsoft hints at Yahoo hostile takeover
Discussion: InfoWorld, Business Week and AppScout
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
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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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
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.
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.
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
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.
Netflix:
Netflix, Citing a Clear Signal From the Industry, Will Carry High-Def DVDs Only in Blu-ray Format  —  With the industry now having picked a winner in the face-off between the two competing high- definition DVD formats, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service …
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Best Buy's pushing Blu-ray to the front
Discussion: Business Wire and Ars Technica
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 …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Teen hacker re-unlocks Apple's iPhone  —  A teen hacker known for his deftness with iPhones has figured out how to unlock models running the latest firmware versions by cracking a protection that that has frustrated hackers for weeks.  —  The breakthrough by George Hotz, aka Geohot …
Discussion: Business Week
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
News.blog: ARM demos Google Android handset  —  Prototypes of the first mobile handsets using Google's Android software debuted at the GSMA's Mobile World Congress here on Monday, and I got a sneak peek at a demonstration.  —  Google launched Android, an open development platform in November.
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BBC:
Google phones make debut
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 …
Zibri / Zibri's Blog:
ZiPhone !  —  Redownload file.  NEW OPTION to ierase 3.9 bl basebands!  —  (This time i removed osx version because it still doesn't work)  —  Well.. I think that's enough testing... here you have ZiPhone !  —  It's by far the most simple program to setup your iPhone.  —  Just run it and you will see it.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Esther Dyson / Wall Street Journal:
The Coming Ad Revolution  —  While the big news in the online world focuses on Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, a more profound revolution is taking place on the online social networks: The discussion about privacy is changing as users take control over their own online data.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's MBP-100 mini projector goes mobile in March
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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
Chikai Ohazama / Google LatLong:
Truly global  —  When I was an intern at Silicon Graphics in the '90s …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson's new HSPA ExpressCards offer effortless high speed …
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
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Benchmark Closes Sixth Fund
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Delver Reinvents Search
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InfoWorld:
Gates talks up declarative modeling language effort
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Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Netflix, again, can't win any major Emmy awards. What's going on?

 
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