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1:15 PM ET, February 11, 2008

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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Loses Starbucks; AT&T Becomes Wi-Fi Hotspot Giant  —  Big news, and I had not an inkling of it, lest you think your loyal correspondent always has the inside track: Starbucks is shredding its deal in place since 2001, originally with MobileStar then T-Mobile, to switch to AT&T as their Wi-Fi provider.
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Caroline McCarthy / Crave:
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T  —  Ubiquitous caffeine conglomerate Starbucks has ended its Wi-Fi partnership with T-Mobile in favor of one with AT&T.  —  Under the existing plan with T-Mobile, Starbucks customers needed a paid subscription to access the in-store Wi-Fi …
Starbucks:
MORE THAN 12 MILLION AT&T, STARBUCKS CUSTOMERS TO GET FREE WI-FI ACCESS FOR A RICH IN-STORE EXPERIENCE  —  New Offering Includes Two Hours of Free Wi-Fi Service Per Day for Starbucks Card Holders Beginning this Spring  —  All 100,000 U.S.-Based Starbucks Partners to Receive Free Wi-Fi at Starbucks Stores
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Business Wire:
Starbucks to Expand Technology Relationship with AT&T
Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Associated Press:
Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi With AT&T
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Board of Directors Says Microsoft's Proposal Substantially Undervalues Yahoo!  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said the Yahoo! Board of Directors has carefully reviewed Microsoft's unsolicited proposal with Yahoo!'s management team and financial …
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Times of London:
Yahoo! set to revive merger talks with AOL after rejecting hostile takeover
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo officially says no to Microsoft; It could get ugly
Discussion: ParisLemon and Tech Tracks
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Confirms Rejection Letter to Microsoft
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CyberNet
Microsoft:
Microsoft Agrees to Acquire Danger Inc., Strengthens Mobile Consumer Vision  —  Acquisition of popular software and mobile services company will enhance Microsoft's ability to broadly deliver compelling mobile experiences.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an agreement …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft To Acquire Sidekick Backer Danger Inc.; Bolsters Mobile Business  —  The shopping spree continues: Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), in the middle of a bid to acquire Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), has announced that it will acquire Danger Inc., the company behind the Sidekick mobile device.
The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft aquiring Danger Inc. WTF?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Buys Sidekick-Maker, Danger
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android Hands-On Video: It's Fast, It's Still Not There  —  We have been playing with the Android prototypes scattered through the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona.  ARM had theirs running on one of their lower-end processors.  No fancy graphics demos, no iPhone-style multimedia fizzbang …
Discussion: CyberNet
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Agence France Presse:
Google's Android software debuts in Barcelona  —  BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) - The first mobile phone fitted with Google's Android software platform has made its debut in Barcelona at one of the world's biggest telecom trade shows, Google said Monday.  —  Google is hoping Android will become …
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Google attacks: Android at Mobile World Congress  —  Seeing as Mobile World Congress is all about the cellular experience, we weren't too surprised to bump into some Android goodness while here.  Texas Instruments had the handset you see above — from an unknown vendor — to demo the OS running on an OMAP 3430 at 500 MHz.
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 availability for technical customers  —  On Monday (February 4th), we announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  Overall, people are excited to hear that we have reached this milestone, but some are disappointed they are not able to immediately download it.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0
Discussion: Engadget, Compiler and WinBeta
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Vista SP1 coming sooner for some
Anthony Park / 100% Geek Content:
New Vista Media Center Plugin - MyNetflix (beta)  —  I've kept this pretty quiet, but I've been working on a new Media Center plugin for a little while now.  It is now ready for beta testing, and I've decided to run a public beta for this one.  —  MyNetflix features … Public Beta Program
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Leaves an Opening  —  Yahoo left the door open for further negotiations with Microsoft or any other suitors, after formally rejecting the software giant's $44.6 billion buyout bid as too low.  (Yahoo CEO's email)
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Customer blames bankruptcy on IBM IT failure  —  American LaFrance (ALF), the “leading brand of custom-made fire fighting, fire rescue vehicles, ambulances, and heavy-duty work refuse vehicles,” has declared bankruptcy, blaming IBM and a failed ERP implementation.
 
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Graeme Wearden / Guardian:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft axes paid versions of Office Live Small Business
Nokia:
Nokia launches premier mobile advertising network
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