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10:45 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 …
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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
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.
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.
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
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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Nokia:
You make the game with Yamake on N-Gage
Discussion: All About Symbian and Phone Scoop
Electronista:
Sharp laser hints 6x Blu-ray notebook burner  —  Sharp today said it had developed a new laser that could enable far faster Blu-ray burning in portables than possible today.  Courtesy of a new crystal growth technology and a smaller processor, the Japanese firm says it has produced a laser …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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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
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
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.
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
Reuters:
Google to enter China online music sector  —  Google plans to enter the online music market in China for the first time, as it steps up its battle with local incumbent Baidu.com, media reported on Thursday.  —  Google is expected to announce a joint venture with Top100.cn that would allow users …
Discussion: eWeek
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Many Valentine's Day Specials  —  Google is all dressed up for today's occasion, Valentine's Day.  It's the day where in many cultures couples and wanna-be-couples are expected to send a greeting to their loved one, causing sales spikes for greeting cards companies and probably chocolate …
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
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Reuters:
Microsoft seeing Xbox shortages in U.S.
Ben Edelman:
Critiquing C-NetMedia's Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices
BBC:
News Corp ‘in secret Yahoo talks’
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Yahoo! looks to News Corp. for possible merger deal
Discussion: Financial Times and eWeek
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Your options for placing Excel data in Word
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Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's Buyer - Not Facebook, Not Google. Likely Comcast
Discussion: DSLreports, Valleywag and Mashable!
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Firefox 3 B3: Lots of Fire, Not Enough Fox
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile exec: Google, Yahoo are stealing our billions
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Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge