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9:05 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 …
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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, p2pnet and New York Times
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.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: cruel to be kind
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia launches user created “Yamake” games on N-Gage — bye bye Gizmondo v2  —  Sorry Gizmondo, your dreams of a resurrected user generated gaming platform were just usurped by Nokia.  Straight outta Espoo comes Nokia's Yamake (a mashup for “you make the game") for their N-Gage platform.
Discussion: Electronista
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Nokia:
You make the game with Yamake on N-Gage
Discussion: All About Symbian and Phone Scoop
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.
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.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Many Valentine's Day Specials  —  Google is all dressed up for today's occasion, Valentine's Day.  It's the day where in many cultures couples and wanna-be-couples are expected to send a greeting to their loved one, causing sales spikes for greeting cards companies and probably chocolate …
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
CNET News.com:
Memo to Microsoft: Yahoo's A-list  —  Working at Yahoo is getting riskier by the day.  Even before merger-minded Microsoft could lay off some of the stars within its acquisition target, Yahoo executives beat them to it.  —  But there are some key Yahoo employees who are so indispensible …
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 …
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.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
 
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News Corp ‘in secret Yahoo talks’
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Yahoo! looks to News Corp. for possible merger deal
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