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6:15 AM ET, February 14, 2008


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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Mails Letter to Shareholders: Full Text  —  Yahoo mailed a letter to shareholders outlining the reasons the Board believes Microsoft's proposal significantly undervalues Yahoo and isn't in the best interests of Yahoo stockholders.  —  In the missive Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang emphasizes its strong brand …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Mails Letter to Stockholders  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that it has sent a letter to its stockholders, outlining the reasons the Board believes that Microsoft's proposal significantly undervalues Yahoo! and is not in the best interests of Yahoo! stockholders.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Its Case in Letter to Shareholders
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Yahoo! To Shareholders: Trust Us
Discussion: The Register and New York Times
Rafat Ali /   Yahoo Sends Letter To Stockholders, Explaining Its Refusal On Microsoft Offer
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft's executive shuffle expected Thursday  —  I'll say it again.  Microsoft has a lot to learn when it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day.  —  A long-anticipated Microsoft executive shuffle will be formally announced on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Replace Head of Mobile Group  —  Microsoft plans to announce the replacement of the head of its mobile phone group as part of a broader executive reshuffling, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Engadget, and PalmAddicts
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's latest reorg to set the stage for Yahoo merger
Discussion: Tech Tracks
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
How I started Seesmic and raised $6 million  —  I closed the initial funding of Seesmic in September 2007.  The main investment came from Atomico's Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (they invested $5.5 million on the $6 million).  Talking to bloggers all the time, I have not been very good at keeping …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Loic Le Meur raises $6 million for videomail startup  —  Blogger turned entrepreneur Loic Le Meur has raised $6 million to inflict on the world a decades-old technology thoroughly rejected by consumers: videomail.  He calls it Seesmic, and has repackaged videomail as “video conversations.”
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge  —  Spore's going to be massive.  —  To be honest, I hadn't really paid that much attention to Will Wright's terminally delayed simulation-of-everything over the last few years.  For one, I'm not exactly into sim games, whether of the big-S or small-s variety.
Michelle Slatalla / New York Times:
If You Can't Let Go, Twitter  —  SOMETIMES, you just have to trust your relatives.  You have to be willing to let them leave the house unchallenged.  Suspend disbelief and let them take the car.  —  That's what I tell my three daughters, anyway.  But it never works out like that.
Android Developers Blog:
Android SDK m5-rc14 now available  —  On behalf of the entire Android team, I'm happy to let you know that an updated version of the Android SDK — we're calling it m5-rc14 — is now available.  Today, we're continuing the early look at the Android SDK that we started back in November …
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google releases new Android SDK
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot News and Crave
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Firefox 3 B3: Lots of Fire, Not Enough Fox  —  Firefox 2 disappointed with an oh-so 1990s look and feel.  Anyone remember Mac OS 8.5 or Windows 3.0, for reference?  The browser's successor doesn't look any more modern.  Safari and, gasp, even Internet Explorer 7 are whole lots more visually appealing.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple TV 2.0 vs. Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable: The Comparison  —  Apple calls them “high-definition movie rentals,” but to people familiar with Blockbuster Video, Netflix, and HD cable box alternatives, Apple TV 2.0's new ability to download and play back certain 720p movies is more of a …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another big change for viral app marketing on Facebook: Invitation limits now dynamic  —  Following last week's change to notification limits from a fixed to a fluctuating limit based on user spamminess ratings, Facebook announced tonight that invitations, a mainstay of viral growth for Facebook apps, will soon be following suit.
Discussion: VentureBeat and A VC
You make the game with Yamake on N-Gage  —  Espoo, Finland - Yamake for N-Gage, by Nokia Games Publishing, makes it possible for players to create their own games from a range of mini games by adding content, then playing and sharing them with friends and the wider Yamake community.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows  —  Mobile World Congress Why has Sony Ericsson succumbed to Microsoft?  —  The way the company's chief technology officer Mats Lindoff explained it to us, is that you can't crack the US market without it.  He was giving El Reg a glimpse into the future.
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to offer iPhone tethering plan?  —  Well, if you believe one of our top informants, then the answer is yes!  Have a gander at some of the wording we got a hold of and decide for yourself!  —  “Important iPhone Upgrade Announcement  —  AT&T does not require a new two-year agreement …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile exec: Google, Yahoo are stealing our billions  —  Mobile carriers need to step up their game and make mobile services easier to use, says Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, lest they willingly hand over business to media giants like Google.  Sarin made the comments when speaking to the press during …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's Buyer - Not Facebook, Not Google. Likely Comcast
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
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Michael Kanellos / CNET
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Discussion: Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
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