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12:25 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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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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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.
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AT&T Adds to HSUPA Device Lineup With Two New LaptopConnect Cards From Option  —  Option GT Ultra and Option GT Ultra Express Available for Use on AT&T's 3G  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today two new LaptopConnect cards from Option, the GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express.
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
New AT&T HSUPA Data cards
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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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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%
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 …
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.
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.
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
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Citysearch And AOL Announce Reciprocal Content And Ad Distribution Deal  —  Citysearch has announced a deal with AOL that provides Citysearch reviews and content (e.g., video) and place local Citysearch advertisers on AOL local properties.  The two firms will share revenue from clicks or leads generated from AOL distribution.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL, Citysearch Hook Up Locally
Discussion: 901am
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 …
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
 
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ZDNet:
RIM: BlackBerry's future lies in social networking
John Oates / The Register:
HP pays off reporters it spied on
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Reuters:
Google to enter China online music sector
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50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows
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‘Gears of War’ Creator Update: Slams ‘Insular’ …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple reduces iPod / iPhone build rates, increases iMac production
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another big change for viral app marketing on Facebook: Invitation …
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Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge
 

 
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