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5:35 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?
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and mocoNews.net
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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
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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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:   Are They ISPs, or Are They Bobbies?
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
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.
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:   Woman files $54m lawsuit against Best Buy for losing laptop
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.
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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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! …
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.
Discussion: Seoker.com
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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
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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Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Apple TV Take 2 now available
Google Earth Blog:
Six New Cities With Google Street View Available  —  [UPDATE: Actually, I missed one new city: Kansas City, Missouri which also includes Lawrence, Kansas (favorite town of at least one Googler I know).  So, it's actually 7 new cities.]  —  Google has not announced it yet …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Maps Street View Cities
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive
Discussion: eWeek
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-010 - Critical
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
SAP's Business Objects promises to ‘break barriers’
Discussion: eWeek
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Intel Munich Office Raided By EU Antitrust Investigators
Discussion: Computerworld
Electronista:
EU raids Intel's Europe offices, retailers
Discussion: eWeek, Reuters and E-Commerce Times
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air demand trails that of original Intel-based MacBook
Discussion: CrunchGear and Infinite Loop
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
NuConomy Announces the Death of the Page View
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Netflix Movie Streaming Coming to Xbox 360 and PS3?
Discussion: Electronista and Kotaku
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Don't Know Who to Blame? Sue Google.
Electronista:
Vodafone: fewer mobile OSes, iPhone as guide
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
Nielsen to Track Online Video Use Through Its TV Panel
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
All-star LED team quietly working on Blu-ray successors
Discussion: 1080eyes.com
Scott Morrison / CNN:
UPDATE:Silicon Valley Recruiters Zero In On Yahoo Employees
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Why Your Blackberry Crashed
Discussion: Reuters, eWeek and Associated Press