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12:05 PM 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
Discussion: ParisLemon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Confirms Rejection Letter to Microsoft
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Yahoo says ‘No’ to Microsoft  —  Search engine company rejecting …
Discussion: DailyTech
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: RyanSpoon.com and Mobilitee
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Boingo: $8 Wi-Fi for the iPhone  —  Boingo today announced a $7.95-per-month Wi-Fi plan that lets Sony Ericsson users access more than 100,000 for-pay hotspots worldwide.  An iPhone version is coming soon.  —  BARCELONA - If $20 or $40 a month for a smart phone data plan feels like too much, how about $8?
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
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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The Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft aquiring Danger Inc. WTF?  —  Ugh!  Let's just hope the Danger OS doesn't go away (we doubt it will).  This actually might make sense, though.  With Microsoft in the mix, Danger can now concentrate on the software and integrating new features like 3G, GPS, and Wi-Fi.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft To Acquire Sidekick Backer Danger Inc.; Bolsters Mobile Business
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 …
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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
Discussion: Cost Per News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia CEO: No plans for Windows Mobile, S60 touch-screen launch in 2H 2008  —  After Sony Ericsson's big move into Windows Mobile territory (with help from HTC) you can be forgiven for thinking that Nokia might follow suit.  Nevertheless, Nokia CEO, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo …
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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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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Netflix Chooses Blu-ray Over HD DVD
Nokia:
Nokia Maps 2.0 Beta  —  Overview  —  Nokia Maps is taking maps and navigation experiences to the next level and introducing Walk - pedestrian navigation, in addition to Drive - world class car navigation, multimedia city guides, satellite maps and other innovative features.
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Alec Saunders .LOG:
Previewing Nokia's new mobile range.
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
Bluetooth.com:
BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY TO HARNESS THE SPEED OF 802.11  —  Bluetooth SIG Expands its Plans to Meet the Need for Speed  —  BARCELONA, SPAIN, Mobile World Congress - 11 Feb. 2008 -Wireless transfer of large format entertainment data - music, video, and photos - between devices at short range is imminent.
Discussion: DailyTech and TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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Reuters:
Motorola, Nortel may merge wireless gear
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James Ashton / Times of London:
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