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12:35 PM ET, February 14, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Yahoo Sends Letter to Shareholders Over Microsoft Bid
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
New AT&T HSUPA Data cards
Discussion: Electronista
Ian / IanSchafer.com:
So What Happened At YouTube's Videocracy Event?  —  YouTube trotted out all their heavy hitters for their Videocracy event in NYC last night.  —  Here are some highlights of what they said:  —  For Content Partners/Creators  —  Get ready for active sharing.  —  Get ready for upgraded video editing tools.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What's Next for YouTube (Video Editing, Recommendations, Advertiser Analytics)  —  Last night at an event in NYC dubbed “Videocracy,” YouTube gave marketers a sneak peak at some upcoming initiatives.  Silicon Alley Insider's Michael Learmonth tried to get in, but was thrown out.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft drums up its very own Xbox 360 shortage  —  The word on the street, nay, the word straight from Jeff Bell's mouth, is that the Xbox 360 is experiencing stock shortages, which could hurt sales for January and February.  We'd already heard of Elite shortages, but now they seem to be more widespread.
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Zimbra's newest Desktop: Look ma!  No browser!  —  I fell in love with Zimbra's AJAX-style interface the first time I saw it.  Slick, powerful, and much more extensible than Microsoft Outlook ever dreamed of being.  There was just one thing I hated about the Zimbra experience …
Comcast:
Comcast Reports 2007 Results and Provides Outlook for 2008  —  Financial Tables  —  2007 Consolidated Revenue increased 24%  —  2007 Consolidated Operating Income increased 21%  —  2007 Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 25%  —  2007 EPS of $0.83; Adjusted EPS of $0.74 increased 23%
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
What happens if your site gets ‘blacklisted’ by Google?  —  What is the impact on a website of being ‘blacklisted’ by Google?  Recently the insurance comparison website GoCompare.com faced precisely this dilemma after the search engine picked up on irregular inbound links to its site, causing it to plummet down the rankings.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PageOnce to Put All Your Online Accounts in One Place  —  Personal content aggregators are nothing new.  We recently covered the latest of many services that consolidate your social networking activity into one place.  But PageOnce, a company that was on this year's Israel Web Tour …
Discussion: Download Squad, VoIP Blog and Digg
Nokia:
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.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia launches user created “Yamake” games on N-Gage — bye bye Gizmondo v2
Discussion: Electronista
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL, Citysearch Hook Up Locally  —  Matchup expands content and local ad opportunities  —  Valentine's Day is a perfect occasion to get together, which AOL and IAC's Citysearch will do with local content and advertising.  —  An interesting little partnership crossed the Net this morning …
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Fred Topel / HomeMediaMagazine.com:
Michael Bay Relishes Blu-ray's Victories  —  When Paramount Home Entertainment decided to support HD DVD exclusively, Michael Bay was vocally opposed.  Since the decision came just as his Transformers would debut on high-definition home video, Bay threatened to back out of the sequel.
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
PC World:
Sprint's Limited WiMAX Launch Imminent  —  A Sprint official acknowledges, however, that the carrier's full-scale deployment still awaits budget approval by new management.  —  Yardena Arar, PC World  —  Recommend this story?  —  BARCELONA, Spain—While WiMAX Forum members enthusiastically pointed …
 
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
‘Love Tester’ technology now available in phones
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
iTunes Live London: Take two
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GigaOM:
How Not to End Up as an Anachronism  —  Written by Greg Olsen, Founder and CTO of Coghead
ZDNet:
RIM: BlackBerry's future lies in social networking
John Oates / The Register:
HP pays off reporters it spied on
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
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Reuters:
Google to enter China online music sector
Discussion: Digital Trends and eWeek
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows
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Google's Many Valentine's Day Specials
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Your options for placing Excel data in Word
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Memo to Microsoft: Yahoo's A-list
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Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Gears of War’ Creator Update: Slams ‘Insular’ …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple reduces iPod / iPhone build rates, increases iMac production
Discussion: Computerworld
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows
Discussion: CrunchGear
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another big change for viral app marketing on Facebook: Invitation …
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Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge
 

 
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