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8:00 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Did Microsoft Pay For Danger?  —  Microsoft is in some of kind of spending mood.  First they offered up $45 billion for Yahoo (not enough for some!).  And then there was that Danger acquisition.  But how much did they spend on the Palo Alto-based company started by Android leader Andy Rubin?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft paid $500 million for Danger, and there's got to be a reason  —  Software giant Microsoft reportedly spent $500 million to acquire Danger, the company that developed software to power the youngster-popular Sidekick.  —  The figure, while not officially announced, was dug up in reporting by GigaOm's Om Malik.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple TV Take 2 out now  —  Does anyone out there actually own an Apple TV?  If you do, today is your lucky day.  Apple has just released the software update promised as a part of this year's Macworld Keynote.  The update sports a number of significant enhancements, including set-top HD …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:   Apple TV (take 2), take two  —  We got some good time in with Apple's …
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple TV software update: First impressions
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple TV Take 2 now available
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
A lost laptop, a $54 million lawsuit  —  How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information?  Raelyn Campbell figures it's $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Big Yahoo shareholder: There are few alternatives to Microsoft bid  —  Legg Mason-which owns 80 million shares of Yahoo, or about 6 percent of the company-said in its fourth quarter commentary that Yahoo will be hard-pressed to find alternatives to Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid.
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Sonia Zjawinski / Wired News:
How Google Got Its Colorful Logo  —  In just a few short years, Google's logo has become as recognizable as Nike's swoosh and NBC's peacock.  Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who developed the now-famous logo, shows the iterations that led to the instantly recognizable primary colors and Catull typeface that define the Google brand.
Google Earth Blog:
Twelve New Cities With Google Street View Available  —  [UPDATE: Ok...according to Google - there are 12 new cities in the collection (they counted the Raleigh area as 3 cities).  Originally, I said only six.  I've updated the list below.]  —  Google has not announced it yet …
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Vaibhav Vaish / Google LatLong:
A dozen more cities in Street View
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Bill Gates Quits Facebook  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has stopped using the Web site Facebook, the most damning indictment in a week full of bad press for social-networking technology.  —  Social-networking Web sites, which help people share and find information about one another …
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
MySpace To Google: Learn How To Sell Advertising, OMMA Report
Discussion: WebProNews
Francis Eliott / Times of London:
Internet users could be banned over illegal downloads  —  People who illegally download films and music will be cut off from the internet under new legislative proposals to be unveiled next week.  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to take action against users …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc.  —  Will Expand Yahoo!'s Video Capabilities; Important Step in Enhancing Yahoo!'s Solutions for Publishers and Advertisers - Making Video Easier to Buy  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. & CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News) …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:   Yahoo's Purchase of Maven Adds Complexity
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisites & Non-Security Update coming via Windows Update  —  Today we have a non-security update scheduled for distribution via Windows Update that you may find of some interest.  The non-security update KB947172, a Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista …
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Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on Web  —  Publish or perish has long been the burden of every aspiring university professor.  But the question the Harvard faculty will decide on Tuesday is whether to publish — on the Web, at least — free.  —  Faculty members are scheduled to vote …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twittershare Brings File Sharing to Twitter  —  I love Twitter but even when it's not down it's got its limitations.  Enter the API and a world of developers eager to engage with the active community of Twitter users.  Twittershare is the newest truly useful development on top of Twitter …
Discussion: Download Squad
CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive  —  As expected, Yahoo lays off more than 1,000, but details are not disclosed.  —  Senate shields phone companies from spy lawsuits  —  update Civil liberties groups bash vote as “get-out-of-jail-free card” for AT&T and others accused of illegally opening their networks to the feds.
Discussion: eWeek
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
DVD Rip Automates One-Click DVD Ripping  —  Windows only: Rip and back up any DVD to your hard drive with DVD Rip, a freeware Windows application that automates the entire DVD-to-hard-drive backup process.  All you need to do is insert your DVD, run DVD Rip, and let it take care of the rest.  Why?
Discussion: Download Squad
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
Exclusive: Will Wright Gives Level Up the Scoop On Why Spore Is Taking So Long to Get Right—And Why It Will Be Worth the Wait, Part I  —  In 2005, we first sat down with Maxis chief designer Will Wright—creator of SimCity and The Sims—to discuss his evolutionary epic Spore.
 
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Skrentablog:
Amazon is the Google of buying stuff
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
CFO and three VPs quit Helio, chairman to follow
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
How Audible Sold Itself To Amazon; No Competing Bids; Price Came …
PR Newswire:
Blue Nile Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Financial Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-News Corp Still Talking, Deal Still Possible
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google, Yahoo Make Mobile Moves
Sun Microsystems:
Sun Microsystems Announces Agreement to Acquire innotek …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-010 - Critical
 Earlier Items: 
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air demand trails that of original Intel-based MacBook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
NuConomy Announces the Death of the Page View
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Netflix Movie Streaming Coming to Xbox 360 and PS3?
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Brotherly Love: Michael Dell Buys Sibling's Company
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How 404 pages work in Google Toolbar Beta 5
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner