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11:10 AM ET, February 11, 2008

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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  —  Yahoo! is seeking to restart merger talks with AOL as a means of defending itself against the $45 billion (£23 billion) hostile bid approach from Microsoft, The Times has learnt.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo officially says no to Microsoft; It could get ugly  —  Yahoo on Monday made its rejection of Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid official, concluding that the software giant's offer “is not in the best interests of Yahoo! and our stockholders” and “substantially undervalues” the company.
Discussion: New York Times and ParisLemon
Brian Heater / AppScout:
Yahoo! Rejects Microsoft Bid, Courts AOL  —  It was a big weekend over at the Yahoo! Compound, in Sunnyvale, CA.  The company rejected Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion on Saturday, stating that the bid massively undervalued the worth of the company.  —  “Yahoo's board believes …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Yahoo rejects Microsoft's bid
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Confirms Rejection Letter to Microsoft
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 …
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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Electronista
The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft aquiring Danger Inc. WTF?
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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 …
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Computerworld
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Nokia launches Ovi digital media, folds in Twango  —  Nokia acquired media-sharing start-up Twango last year, and now it's finally doing something with it.  —  Twango has been folded into Ovi, a new brand for Nokia's mobile Web services such as gaming, social networking, and mapping.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Nokia Launches Mobile Ad Network
Discussion: Engadget, BBC NEWS and Mashable!
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.
Discussion: Business Wire
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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: Mobilitee
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
The Nokia N96 redefines “high-end”  —  Rumored for a few weeks now as the N95's successor in waiting, the mighty N96 dual slider has gone all official on us at Mobile World Congress today.  Though the phone it replaces is still a beast by any measure, the N96 pushes the envelope further …
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
The Nokia N96 Super Cellphone is Official: Gallery and Specs Here
Discussion: Engadget and DVICE
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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New York Times:
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Nvidia dialing into mobile phones
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USA Today:
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Discussion: DSLreports
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft axes paid versions of Office Live Small Business
Discussion: eWeek, Microsoft and LiveSide
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Microsoft likely to raise bid for Yahoo if board reject initial offer - analysts
Discussion: WebProNews and Micronet's blog
Wall Street Journal:
Motorola, Nortel in Talks
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Clips Facebook In January, But Both Slowing
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0
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Dave Linthicum / InfoWorld:
5 Things that SOA Vendors are Missing
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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