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9:35 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 and All News Feeds
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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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple TV software update: First impressions
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's second-largest shareholder says Microsoft will need to up ante
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michal Lev-Ram / Business and financial news:
Yahoo shareholders speak out
Discussion: eWeek
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.
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
Security Features High in Firefox 3 Beta 3 Release  —  Mozilla is inching closer to delivering the next major refresh of its flagship Firefox Web browser.  —  Late this evening, the open-source group shipped Firefox 3 Beta 3, an update that features approximately 1300 individual changes …
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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.
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
Skrentablog:
Amazon is the Google of buying stuff  —  I went into a little corner non-chain convenience store by my house (the “Devonshire Little Store") for some milk and noticed a big plastic tub of Dubble Bubble at the cash register.  —  Folks I've worked with know that I have a thing for gum.
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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Purchase of Maven Adds Complexity  —  Yahoo is buying Maven Networks, a company that helps outfits like CBS and Sony put their video online.  Its press release is full of all sorts of ways this will help Yahoo: It gets video technology.  Yahoo will be able to use its sales force to sell video ads on partner sites.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Acquires Maven Networks, Inc.
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 …
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 …
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again, RIM Blames Upgrade For Outage; Time To Do Weekend Upgrades  —  Last year when RIM's Blackberry service had a major outage, the company blamed a software upgrade, which made many folks question why RIM would be doing a major software upgrade in the middle of the week.
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed  —  People often stop me in the streets to ask “Hey Tina, what's life “really” like at Microsoft?  Sometimes I can't even walk outside my house without somebody standing there with a giant neon sign that blinks “What is life “really” like at Microsoft”?
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom's MTV unveils digital strategy  —  In some tech circles, Viacom is the symbol of botched digital strategies and uninspired, old-media thinking.  —  There's little doubt that operating under Viacom's umbrella has hurt MTV's hipster bonafides with tech-savvy youth.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's oneConnect: One Mobile App to Rule Them All  —  Today at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Yahoo announced a mobile app called oneConnect that will be available in the second quarter as part of the upcoming release of Yahoo Go 3.0.  I have not seen a demo of this myself …
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
How 404 pages work in Google Toolbar Beta 5  —  I thought I'd play hooky from a meeting and talk about how the newest version of the Toolbar handles 404 pages for users, because I see some people writing about it this morning.  —  We tried to give a heads-up in a couple places.
 
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: GigaOM
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CFO and three VPs quit Helio, chairman to follow
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How Audible Sold Itself To Amazon; No Competing Bids; Price Came …
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-News Corp Still Talking, Deal Still Possible
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive
Discussion: Vacuum and Tech Beat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco Layoffs In The Offing?
Discussion: The Platform
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air demand trails that of original Intel-based MacBook
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Brotherly Love: Michael Dell Buys Sibling's Company
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
At Harvard, a Proposal to Publish Free on Web
N'Gai Croal / Level Up:
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