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1:45 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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Electronista
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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Mails Letter to Stockholders
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Yahoo Sends Letter To Stockholders, Explaining Its Refusal On Microsoft Offer
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Yahoo! To Shareholders: Trust Us
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's latest reorg to set the stage for Yahoo merger
Discussion: Tech Tracks
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Loic Le Meur raises $6 million for videomail startup  —  Blogger turned entrepreneur Loic Le Meur has raised $6 million to inflict on the world a decades-old technology thoroughly rejected by consumers: videomail.  He calls it Seesmic, and has repackaged videomail as “video conversations.”
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AT&T to offer iPhone tethering plan?  —  Well, if you believe one of our top informants, then the answer is yes!  Have a gander at some of the wording we got a hold of and decide for yourself!  —  “Important iPhone Upgrade Announcement  —  AT&T does not require a new two-year agreement …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Firefox 3 B3: Lots of Fire, Not Enough Fox  —  Firefox 2 disappointed with an oh-so 1990s look and feel.  Anyone remember Mac OS 8.5 or Windows 3.0, for reference?  The browser's successor doesn't look any more modern.  Safari and, gasp, even Internet Explorer 7 are whole lots more visually appealing.
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eWEEK.com:
Firefox 3 Beta 3 Brings a New Browsing Interface
Discussion: Web Worker Daily and TechWeb
Jason Chen / Android Developers Blog:
Android SDK m5-rc14 now available  —  On behalf of the entire Android team, I'm happy to let you know that an updated version of the Android SDK — we're calling it m5-rc14 — is now available.  Today, we're continuing the early look at the Android SDK that we started back in November …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google releases new Android SDK
Discussion: Engadget, InfoWorld, TechSpot News and Crave
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple TV 2.0 vs. Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable: The Comparison  —  Apple calls them “high-definition movie rentals,” but to people familiar with Blockbuster Video, Netflix, and HD cable box alternatives, Apple TV 2.0's new ability to download and play back certain 720p movies is more of a …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Enters Yahoo Fray  —  News Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are in discussions about combining MySpace and other News Corp.-owned online properties with Yahoo, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The discussions are aimed at helping Yahoo fend off Microsoft Corp's unsolicited takeover offer …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Big Update for Vista Leaves Little Changed For Mainstream Users  —  Microsoft plans next month to roll out the first major update to its Windows Vista operating system, which was introduced in January 2007.  There have been a number of smaller patches to Vista, but this one, called Service Pack 1 …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Daniel A. Begun / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inside CNET Labs: Windows Vista SP1 performance
Discussion: Engadget
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile exec: Google, Yahoo are stealing our billions  —  Mobile carriers need to step up their game and make mobile services easier to use, says Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, lest they willingly hand over business to media giants like Google.  Sarin made the comments when speaking to the press during …
drupal.org:
Drupal 6.0 released  —  After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the world.  Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle.  These changes are evident in Drupal 6's major usability improvements …
Discussion: yelvington.com and CenterNetworks
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
FriendFeed's Google Connection  —  FriendFeed, as blogged about earlier, is a really addictive site, letting you track what people are doing or reading by compiling their various RSS feeds and diggs and status messages and so on (you can apply for a Beta sign-in).
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.
Nick / Rough Type:
Crowd control at eBay  —  If over the last decade you have read any of the many books and articles promoting the Net as a new world where people are able to form self-regulating, super-democratic communities, you have no doubt come across glowing descriptions of eBay's feedback system.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Imeem Acquires Snocap  —  Digital music wholesaler Snocap, long searching for a buyer, is being acquired by music streaming site Imeem.  The price will likely not be disclosed.  —  Snocap was founded in 2002 by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, Jordan Mendelson and Ron Conway.
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Your content on Google Maps  —  Our goal is to create the world's most comprehensive virtual atlas — the best, most complete map of the earth.  This is no easy task, and we know we can't accomplish it without the help of our users, because nobody knows a neighborhood better than the folks who live in it.
 
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EchoSign 3.0 Released - the Complexity Dilemma
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Comcast to Plaxo: “Yeah, I'd sync that” — for $175 million
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GumGum Launches New Image Licensing Platform
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun's super supercomputer to launch
Kent Brewster / Brewster's Field Guide to Web 2.666:
Blog Juice  —  Here's a toolbar bookmarklet that looks …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Andy Beard
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search: Peter Morville Defines, Shows Examples
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Multifunction Printers: The Forgotten Security Risk
Discussion: Slashdot
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Wall Street Journal:
Sexes Differ in Viewing Web Video, Study Says
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Plays Dumb in Internet Sales Tax Debate
Discussion: WebProNews and The Register
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast FCC filing shows gap between hype, bandwidth reality
CNET News.com:
Enable Vista's hidden administrator, and password-protect its XP equivalent
Discussion: WinBeta
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Open-source software: It's the free coffee cup of today
Discussion: Bits, InfoWorld and The Register
RushLimbaugh.com:
El Rushbo's Appeal to Steve Jobs
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Super-Slim ThinkPad Sneak Peek