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1:20 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
Discussion: Bloomberg and Valleywag
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft-Yahoo: On To Round II
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
Hilary Schneider / Yodel Anecdotal:
Of video and mavens
Discussion: WebProNews and NewTeeVee
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 …
Electronista:
Vodafone: fewer mobile OSes, iPhone as guide  —  The market for mobile operating systems must shrink if the cellphone industry is going to expand, Vodafone chief Arun Sarin said today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The carrier head notes that the sheer number of operating systems available …
Discussion: Computerworld and Reuters
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Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Vodafone CEO calls for mobile OS consolidation
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Nokia vs. Google: The Battle Escalates
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.
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.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Seoker.com
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
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BBC:
Double boost for Blu-ray backers
Discussion: FierceIPTV and Insanely Great Mac
Evan Blass / Engadget:
HD DVD camp issues sad little response to Netflix, Best Buy snubs
Discussion: GamePro.com, Business Wire and Joystiq
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 and Gizmodo
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: Electronista, AppScout, eWeek and Mashable!
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InfoWorld:
Yahoo shows off oneConnect social address book
Discussion: The Register
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.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A Dell Family Reunion: Ticket $165M
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.
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
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 …
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) …
 
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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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
A reminder: Microsoft to push WGA-free IE 7 to business users today
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Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed
eWeek:
RIM Getting Touchy?
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Layoffs Supposed To Begin Today
Discussion: Valleywag, MediaFile and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HotOrNot Apparently Very Hot: Acquired For $20 Million