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12:35 PM 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Drop that mouse and put your hands up!
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
More music industry internet idiocy
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
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft-Yahoo: On To Round II
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.
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.
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
T-Mobile promises 3G by summer; Android phone and Austrian iPhone by end of year  —  Almost every U.S. T-Mobile customer wants to know when the carrier will be activating its 3G network.  After all, it is the only major carrier in the United States not to offer 3G.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
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Electronista:
Vodafone: fewer mobile OSes, iPhone as guide
Discussion: Computerworld
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Vodafone CEO calls for mobile OS consolidation
Discussion: CNET News.com, The Register and Reuters
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?
Discussion: Seoker.com
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
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 …
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
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
Should Nokia Worry About Android?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yahoo! oneConnect To “Reinvent” Mobile Communications  —  Yahoo! is announcing the launch of “oneConnect” today at the Mobile World Congress 2008 conference. oneConnect is expected to become available in the award-winning Yahoo! Go 3.0 and Yahoo!'s new mobile home page in Q2 2008.
Discussion: AppScout, Electronista, eWeek and Mashable!
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InfoWorld:
Yahoo shows off oneConnect social address book
Discussion: The Register
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Designing Google's Logo
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed  —  Did you miss your Blackberry yesterday?  You weren't the only one and here's why and what you can do about it.  —  According to an article in the LA Times, yesterday's four-hour RIM outage blanketed the America, but didn't affect parts of Europe.
Scott Morrison / CNN:
UPDATE:Silicon Valley Recruiters Zero In On Yahoo Employees  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- Silicon Valley recruiters have quickly ramped up their efforts to lure software developers, project managers and key executives away from Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) in the wake of Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
All-star LED team quietly working on Blu-ray successors  —  Blu-ray is finally getting some momentum in the market, and two secretive start-ups are already looking at ways to replace the standard, or at least retrofit it.  —  Kaai and Soraa are trying to develop lasers and LEDs that could …
Discussion: 1080eyes.com and DailyTech
 
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Leland Rucker / Enterprise RSS:
Attention Data: Content vs. User
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Internet Ads Grow; Google Sees Slight Decline
Reuters:
EU conducts antitrust raid on Intel, retailers
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Use Through Its TV Panel
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Haiku poetically resurrects BeOS
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
AOL announces new open-source mobile platform. Who cares?
CNN:
Panasonic Announces Release Date for World's First 32GB* SDHC …
Discussion: Engadget and Gadgetell
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
All in the family: Dell acquires MessageOne; broadens SaaS reach
Discussion: eWeek and GigaOM
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A reminder: Microsoft to push WGA-free IE 7 to business users today
Discussion: greg hughes
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amid lackluster IT spending, CIOs say ERP back en vogue
Andrew Ramadge / NEWS.com.au:
Scientology ‘raids’ held in nearly 100 cities
Discussion: DailyTech
eWeek:
RIM Getting Touchy?
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
Discussion: MediaFile, Valleywag and Mashable!
Andy / AndyDickinson.net:
Newspaper video tag cloud - via twitter
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
10.5.2 update shows Apple listens to users
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million