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2:10 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 …
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Feld Thoughts
CNET News.com:
Starbucks ditches T-Mobile for AT&T
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
Elizabeth M. Gillespie / Associated Press:
Starbucks to Offer Free Wi-Fi With AT&T
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Business Wire:
Starbucks to Expand Technology Relationship with AT&T
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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Microsoft:
Next Generation of Microsoft Innovation Focuses on Mobile Consumer  —  Company agrees to acquire Danger Inc., unveils additional industry partnerships to heighten connected entertainment and information experience for mobile customers.  —  Taking steps to place its technologies in the hands …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft Buys Sidekick-Maker, Danger  —  That Yahoo thing is going to take sometime, but acquisition hungry Microsoft isn't sitting idle.  They have snapped up Palo Alto-based Danger Inc for an undisclosed amount of money.  While they are not giving reasons as to why they are buying Danger …
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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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Leaves an Opening
Discussion: TechBlog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WWMD: What Will Microsoft Do?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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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
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Our first Android phone hands-on
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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
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Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Windows Media Center plug-in puts Netflix in your living room
Discussion: Digital Trends
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD DVD soon  —  In what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future.  Netflix justified its decision …
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Reuters:
Netflix says chooses Blu-ray format over HD DVD
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gadgetell
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 and Compiler
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Clips Facebook In January, But Both Slowing  —  Good news for MySpace: January comScore numbers show some audience metrics ticking up — and in many cases, outpacing rival Facebook.  The bad news for both social networks: Those same numbers still indicate that American users, at least, may be reaching social network fatigue.
Discussion: WebProNews and The Social Times
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Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
CNN Launches iReport.com  —  Since CNN embraced the citizen journalist movement back in August 2006 with the launch of its iReport initiative, the news organization has received nearly 100,000 news-related photos and videos from viewers, including nearly 10,000 this past January alone.
 
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Customer blames bankruptcy on IBM IT failure
Nokia:
Nokia launches premier mobile advertising network
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The Nokia N96 redefines “high-end”
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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