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11:05 AM ET, February 14, 2008

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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Mails Letter to Shareholders: Full Text  —  Yahoo mailed a letter to shareholders outlining the reasons the Board believes Microsoft's proposal significantly undervalues Yahoo and isn't in the best interests of Yahoo stockholders.  —  In the missive Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang emphasizes its strong brand …
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Mails Letter to Stockholders  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that it has sent a letter to its stockholders, outlining the reasons the Board believes that Microsoft's proposal significantly undervalues Yahoo! and is not in the best interests of Yahoo! stockholders.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Makes Its Case in Letter to Shareholders
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Michelle Slatalla / New York Times:
If You Can't Let Go, Twitter  —  SOMETIMES, you just have to trust your relatives.  You have to be willing to let them leave the house unchallenged.  Suspend disbelief and let them take the car.  —  That's what I tell my three daughters, anyway.  But it never works out like that.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
How I started Seesmic and raised $6 million  —  I closed the initial funding of Seesmic in September 2007.  The main investment came from Atomico's Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis (they invested $5.5 million on the $6 million).  Talking to bloggers all the time, I have not been very good at keeping …
PR Newswire:
AT&T Adds to HSUPA Device Lineup With Two New LaptopConnect Cards From Option  —  Option GT Ultra and Option GT Ultra Express Available for Use on AT&T's 3G  —  AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today two new LaptopConnect cards from Option, the GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express.
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
New AT&T HSUPA Data cards  —  Looking for two new ways to get that HSUPA data fix in your life?  AT&T has just announced that they will be offering two new HSUPA-capable 3G data cards.  The GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express are both made by Option, and are essentially PC Card and Express Card versions of the same coin.
Discussion: Electronista
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Replace Head of Mobile Group  —  Microsoft plans to announce the replacement of the head of its mobile phone group as part of a broader executive reshuffling, people familiar with the matter said.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft's executive shuffle expected Thursday  —  I'll say it again.  Microsoft has a lot to learn when it comes to celebrating Valentine's Day.  —  A long-anticipated Microsoft executive shuffle will be formally announced on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
Comcast:
Comcast Reports 2007 Results and Provides Outlook for 2008  —  Financial Tables  —  2007 Consolidated Revenue increased 24%  —  2007 Consolidated Operating Income increased 21%  —  2007 Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 25%  —  2007 EPS of $0.83; Adjusted EPS of $0.74 increased 23%
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Comcast: Q4 Tops Ests; Sets Div; Vows $7B Buyback; Eliminates Founder's Salary; No Bid For YHOO, Sprint  —  Quite an eventful - and promising - morning for Comcast (CMCSA) shareholders.  —  Comcast (CMCSA) reported fourth quarter revenue of $8.01 billion, with EPS of 20 cents, beating the Street at $7.9 billion and 17 cents.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
What happens if your site gets ‘blacklisted’ by Google?  —  What is the impact on a website of being ‘blacklisted’ by Google?  Recently the insurance comparison website GoCompare.com faced precisely this dilemma after the search engine picked up on irregular inbound links to its site, causing it to plummet down the rankings.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia launches user created “Yamake” games on N-Gage — bye bye Gizmondo v2  —  Sorry Gizmondo, your dreams of a resurrected user generated gaming platform were just usurped by Nokia.  Straight outta Espoo comes Nokia's Yamake (a mashup for “you make the game") for their N-Gage platform.
Discussion: Electronista
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Citysearch And AOL Announce Reciprocal Content And Ad Distribution Deal  —  Citysearch has announced a deal with AOL that provides Citysearch reviews and content (e.g., video) and place local Citysearch advertisers on AOL local properties.  The two firms will share revenue from clicks or leads generated from AOL distribution.
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL, Citysearch Hook Up Locally
Discussion: 901am
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PageOnce to Put All Your Online Accounts in One Place  —  Personal content aggregators are nothing new.  We recently covered the latest of many services that consolidate your social networking activity into one place.  But PageOnce, a company that was on this year's Israel Web Tour …
Discussion: Download Squad, VoIP Blog and Digg
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another big change for viral app marketing on Facebook: Invitation limits now dynamic  —  Following last week's change to notification limits from a fixed to a fluctuating limit based on user spamminess ratings, Facebook announced tonight that invitations, a mainstay of viral growth for Facebook apps, will soon be following suit.
Discussion: VentureBeat and A VC
PC World:
Sprint's Limited WiMAX Launch Imminent  —  A Sprint official acknowledges, however, that the carrier's full-scale deployment still awaits budget approval by new management.  —  Yardena Arar, PC World  —  Recommend this story?  —  BARCELONA, Spain—While WiMAX Forum members enthusiastically pointed …
Discussion: DSLreports, Engadget and CrunchGear
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows  —  Reports show that 50% of all people using BitTorrent at any given point in time do so to download TV-series, quite an impressive number.  In total, over a billion TV-shows are downloaded every year, and this number continues to rise.
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge  —  Spore's going to be massive.  —  To be honest, I hadn't really paid that much attention to Will Wright's terminally delayed simulation-of-everything over the last few years.  For one, I'm not exactly into sim games, whether of the big-S or small-s variety.
 
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John Oates / The Register:
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Zimbra's newest Desktop: Look ma! No browser!
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
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Reuters:
Microsoft seeing Xbox shortages in U.S.
Reuters:
Google to enter China online music sector
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BBC:
News Corp ‘in secret Yahoo talks’
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