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8:35 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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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, p2pnet and New York Times
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Engadget, mocoNews.net and PalmAddicts
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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.
Discussion: cruel to be kind
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.
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.
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Nokia:
You make the game with Yamake on N-Gage
Discussion: All About Symbian and Phone Scoop
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.
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
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Your options for placing Excel data in Word  —  Whenever you move data from Microsoft Excel to its Office mate Word, it seems there's always a compromise involved: If the formatting makes the transition intact, then changing the data either causes problems or simply can't be done.
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.
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Overlay.tv Users Share Product Placement Bounty (If There Is Such a Thing)  —  Clickable video advertisement startup Overlay.tv beta-launches today, bringing a slight twist to an online video sector that's getting nearly as crowded as how-to videos and girl-reading-news shows.
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 …
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Yahoo! looks to News Corp. for possible merger deal  —  Yahoo! is in talks with News Corp. about merging itself with MySpace and the company's other Web outlets, including IGN and Photobucket.  That's because Yahoo! rejected Microsoft's bid a few days ago and it's looking less likely …
Discussion: Financial Times and eWeek
CNET News.com:
Memo to Microsoft: Yahoo's A-list  —  Working at Yahoo is getting riskier by the day.  Even before merger-minded Microsoft could lay off some of the stars within its acquisition target, Yahoo executives beat them to it.  —  But there are some key Yahoo employees who are so indispensible …
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 …
 
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Jonathan Greene / atmaspheric:
Yahoo! Announces OneConnect at the Mobile World Congress
PC World:
Sprint's Limited WiMAX Launch Imminent
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA gets Does' names after school threatened with contempt
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Gears of War’ Creator Update: Slams ‘Insular’ …
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple reduces iPod / iPhone build rates, increases iMac production
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's Buyer - Not Facebook, Not Google. Likely Comcast
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HP cancels the iPAQ 610 smartphone in the US
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Big Update for Vista Leaves Little Changed For Mainstream Users
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
The 15 biggest tech acquisitions since 1998
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
FriendFeed's Google Connection
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Your content on Google Maps
Nick / Rough Type:
Crowd control at eBay
Wall Street Journal:
Sexes Differ in Viewing Web Video, Study Says
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to offer iPhone tethering plan?
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PC World and PalmAddicts