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10:15 AM 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 …
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner  —  We've been waiting for Flash support to hit the iPhone ever 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.
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Aperture 2.0  —  Apple announced Aperture 2, the next major release of its photo editing and management software.  The new version contains over 100 new features with a streamlined user interface and entirely new image processing engine.  Aperture 2 also introduces new imaging tools …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and Digg
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 …
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.
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.
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
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. …
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) …
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.
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) …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Joseph Weisenthal /
Yahoo Confirms Acquisition Of Video Platform Maven; Price Tag: $160 Million
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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 …
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.
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Vodafone CEO sees mobile Web as the future
Discussion: Computerworld and IDG News Service
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell wants to sell you systems, but the Holy Grail may be managing them  —  Dell is more than happy to sell you well-designed notebooks with neat colors and work its corporate connections to boost sales.  But it's becoming increasingly obvious that Dell's future is lightweight software and managing the gear it sells you as a service.
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Scientology ‘raids’ held in nearly 100 cities
Discussion: DailyTech
New York Post:
RIM Getting Touchy?
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Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
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 Earlier Items: 
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Plundering the pirates
Discussion: PSFK
Russia becomes ‘spam superpower’: survey
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's MBP-100 mini projector goes mobile in March
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Engadget Mobile
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Demand for Video Reshaping Internet
Cheatah / Seanbajuice:
Netflix coming to PS3, XBOX 360 Full Details!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Gmail Delivery Delays - Will a Reply from Google Ever Arrive?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
VentureBeat raises $320,000 seed round, traffic growing