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2:45 PM ET, February 10, 2008

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Philg / Philip Greenspun's Weblog:
Microsoft is 2000 times less effective than Google; Yahoo Board seems to be insane  —  With Windows Vista continue to disappoint users and PC hardware designers continuing to produce ugly oversized desktops, Microsoft has apparently decided that Internet applications are the path to more revenue.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's $80 billion (and growing) Yahoo Headache  —  The buyer in any public-public merger generally sees a stock price hit - they're offering a premium over what the market thinks the seller is worth, and the market takes that out of the buyer's hide.  But Microsoft lost nearly $40 billion …
New York Times:
Yahoo Board to Reject Takeover Bid From Microsoft
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Sorry, First Adopters—Better iPhone Is On The Way  —  Apple outraged many of its fans last year when Chief Executive Steve Jobs dropped the price of the 8 gigabyte model of the phone by $200 just two months after putting the phone on sale in June.  They were angered again last month …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
$100 price drop on iPhones and iPods coming in the next two months  —  We just got a tip that Apple is planning on dropping the prices again on the iPhone and iPod line within the next month or two - perhaps at the late February event, perhaps as late as mid-April.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sony Ericsson Will Sell Microsoft Windows Mobile Phones  —  Sony Ericsson Will Sell WinMobile Phones  —  Sony Ericsson, long the purveyor of its bespoke operating system, has teamed up with Microsoft and will start selling Windows Mobile phones sometime later this year, the company announced.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony Ericsson's XPERIA X1 QWERTY with Windows Mobile and HSUPA  —  It's here, the XPERIA X1 QWERTY from Sony Ericsson.  Yes, full QWERTY to make the most of that Windows Mobile 6 operating system.  SE's new XPERIA brand will focus on multimedia and mobile web communication.
Discussion: Mobility Site
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Liveblogging the Sony Ericsson announcement  —  Going to try to Cover the Sony Ericsson press conference Live today for all you Sunday morning S-E lovers.  Stay tuned.  —  CoverItLive died.  Click the jump for text liveblogging.  —  Please refresh this page for full reporting
Discussion: TechCrunch
John Markoff / New York Times:
Mashups Are Breaking the Mold at Microsoft  —  REDMOND, Wash. — TUCKED away in a building on this forested corporate campus, John Montgomery and his team of 17 programmers might be more at home in Silicon Valley than at Microsoft.  —  Compared with its tenacious Internet competitors like Google and Yahoo …
RISE Security:
ASUS Eee PC rooted out of the box  —  We recently acquired an ASUS Eee PC (if you want to know more about it, a lot of reviews are available on internet).  The first thing we did when we put our hands at the ASUS Eee PC was to test its security.  The ASUS Eee PC comes with a customized version …
Roi Carthy / TechCrunch:
uTest Now Open for Business: Get Paid to Find Software Bugs  —  It's open bug hunting season over at uTest which is rolling out its QA marketplace and community.  —  The startup is trying a crowdsourcing approach to testing software bugs.  Anyone can sign up to test software …
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
SP1 brings with it a softer, gentler, naggier WGA - Day 3  —  Windows Vista SP1 brings with it a new tweaked version of the WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) anti-piracy scheme.  How does this look to the end user? … Currently Vista offers two different user experiences to those considered …
Discussion: Download Squad, Slashdot and WinBeta
Karen Hamblen / Symbian OS:
LG Electronics announces new Symbian smartphone with GPS  —  Uniquely designed ‘LG-KT610’ combines high performance with stylish form-factor  —  LG Electronics, a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications and Symbian Limited, the market leader in open mobile operating systems …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Is Salesforce Worth $75/Share To Oracle?  —  I'm hearing from a reliable source that Salesforce.com has approached Oracle to gauge if there is any interest in a sale at $75 a share.  That would be almost a 50 per cent premium over Friday's close of $50.87.  —  The deal would make sense:
Seth Weintraub / Computerworld Blogs:
Safari is about to get crazy fast  —  When Apple chose the KHTML engine for its Safari Browser in in 2003 over the more popular Gecko engine that powers Firefox, a lot of people were surprised.  Firefox was way more popular than the Konquerer browser and had a lot more open source developers on line.
 
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Jason Riley / Wall Street Journal:
Movie Man  —  The marriage of the Internet and the television …
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Tiinker is the Anti-Digg  —  Whereas the social news service …
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Blog, Social Network buzz correlates to better album sales
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Hannah Fairfield / New York Times:
Pushing Paper Out the Door
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WGA Tentative Agreement: Language on New Media