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11:25 AM ET, February 12, 2008

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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 …
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
More music industry internet idiocy
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK To Force ISPs To Kick Casual File Sharers Off The Internet
Discussion: Mashable!
New York Post:
YAHOO! HOO-HA  —  SHAREHOLDERS, BALLMER POUR ON THE PRESSURE  —  The Microsoft-Yahoo! takeover battle is about to get ugly - and how ugly will depend on whether the CEOs of both companies behave rationally or emotionally.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fired back at Yahoo! …
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
First Lawsuit Filed In Microsoft-Yahoo Deal  —  After turning down a 62 percent premium for shareholders in the form of Microsoft's takeover bid, Yahoo opened itself to litigation from unhappy stakeholders.  —  Unhappiness manifested itself quickly as one group decided they would rather …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Valleywag
Andru Edwards / Gear Live:
Flash on iPhone is just around the corner  —  We've been waiting for Flash support to hit the iPhone ever since...well...it launched.  We've had to make do without Flash for almost eight months, and YouTube even had to convert a bunch of their catalog to H.264 in order for the service to be enjoyed on the iPhone.
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Releases Aperture 2  —  Major Upgrade Features Improved Interface, Faster Browsing & Enhanced Image Processing  —  Apple® today introduced Aperture™ 2, the next major release of its groundbreaking photo editing and management software with over 100 new features that make it faster, easier to use and more powerful.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Aperture 2.0
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Gizmodo and Digg
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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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Confirms Acquisition Of Video Platform Maven; Price Tag: $160 Million  —  Life goes on at Yahoo: the company has confirmed its previously rumored acquisition of online video platform Maven Networks, although the price tag of “approximately” $160 million is a bit higher than the previous $150 million estimate.
Seoker.com:
Google hijacking 404 error pages  —  This morning I installed the Google Toolbar beta version on one of my computers and my oh my - there is something that can have huge impact to many webmasters.  Google grabs the 404 error code returned to the web browser in certain situations and instead …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
New Google Toolbar Beta Hijacks 404 Pages?  —  According to reports at DigitalPoint forums, the latest beta release of Google Toolbar hijacks 404 pages as shown in the image above.  —  It's not clear from the reports as to whether this occurs only when no customized 404 page is available on a specific site, or with every 404 page.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Best frenemies for life: Google and Nokia partner on mobile search application  —  Nokia and Google have just announced a partnership that will allow users of Nokia's handsets easy access to Google's search engine, through Nokia's pre-installed search application, called Nokia Search.
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Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
All in the family: Dell acquires MessageOne; broadens SaaS reach  —  Dell said Tuesday that it has acquired email as a service provider MessageOne for $155 million in a move that broadens the company's software offerings.  MessageOne was co-founded by Michael Dell's brother Adam.
Discussion: eWeek and GigaOM
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Dell wants to sell you systems, but the Holy Grail may be managing them
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million  —  San Francisco based HotOrNot, founded by James Hong and Jim Young in October 2000, has been acquired, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  The buyers are investors connected with Avid Life Media, and paid somewhere around $20 million for the site.
PR Newswire:
Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement  —  Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. …
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Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Scientology ‘raids’ held in nearly 100 cities  —  Anonymous ... protestors outside the Church of Scientology building in the Sydney CBD / Benjamin Ruhe (www.ruhe.com.au)  —  THOUSANDS of internet users using the moniker “Anonymous” protested outside Church of Scientology buildings across …
Discussion: DailyTech
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Use Through Its TV Panel  —  Goal to Eventually Measure All Video Consumption  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — With more consumers starting to consider the idea of watching TV programs and other video online, Nielsen said it would “introduce measurement of TV viewing …
 
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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
CNN To Expand iReport Into Web Site
Discussion: Profy.Com
BBC:
EU regulator raids Intel offices
Discussion: Engadget and Digital Daily
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yahoo! oneConnect To “Reinvent” Mobile Communications
Discussion: AppScout
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Haiku poetically resurrects BeOS
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
All-star LED team quietly working on Blu-ray successors
Discussion: DailyTech
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
AOL announces new open-source mobile platform. Who cares?
Discussion: dev.aol.com and mocoNews.net
Scott Morrison / CNN:
UPDATE:Silicon Valley Recruiters Zero In On Yahoo Employees
CNN:
Panasonic Announces Release Date for World's First 32GB* SDHC …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A reminder: Microsoft to push WGA-free IE 7 to business users today
Discussion: greg hughes
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed
eWeek:
RIM Getting Touchy?
Discussion: Electronista and Reuters
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
Discussion: MediaFile, Valleywag and Mashable!
Andy / AndyDickinson.net:
Newspaper video tag cloud - via twitter
Owen Gibson / Guardian:
Plundering the pirates
Discussion: PSFK
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's MBP-100 mini projector goes mobile in March
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Engadget Mobile
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
10.5.2 update shows Apple listens to users