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10:25 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
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Yahoo! To Shareholders: Trust Us
Discussion: The Register, New York Times and p2pnet
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 …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's latest reorg to set the stage for Yahoo merger
Discussion: Tech Tracks
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.
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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Nokia:
You make the game with Yamake on N-Gage
Discussion: All About Symbian and Phone Scoop
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's Buyer - Not Facebook, Not Google.  Likely Comcast  —  Plaxo finally got bought, say valley whispers, and blog after blog have speculated incorrectly about who the buyer might be (first Facebook, then Google).  Finally, someone may have gotten it right - Valleywag is saying that Comcast is the buyer, for $175m.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Comcast to Plaxo: “Yeah, I'd sync that” — for $175 million
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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.
PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports 2007 Results and Provides Outlook for 2008  —  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%
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
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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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Maps Visitors Older than MapQuest
Discussion: Screenwerk
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.
 
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Reuters:
Google to enter China online music sector
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Ben Edelman:
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BBC:
News Corp ‘in secret Yahoo talks’
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David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL, Citysearch Hook Up Locally
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Yahoo! looks to News Corp. for possible merger deal
Discussion: Financial Times and eWeek
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Firefox 3 B3: Lots of Fire, Not Enough Fox
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile exec: Google, Yahoo are stealing our billions
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Big Update for Vista Leaves Little Changed For Mainstream Users
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
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AT&T to offer iPhone tethering plan?