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4:35 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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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  —  Yahoo has just released the following letter to shareholders outlining its reasoning for rejecting Microsoft's offer to buy the company.  In it, CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang emphasizes Yahoo's strengths as both an online destination …
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Yahoo! To Shareholders: Trust Us
Discussion: New York Times
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Yahoo Sends Letter To Stockholders, Explaining Its Refusal On Microsoft Offer
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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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.”
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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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 CNET News.com
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.
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 …
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, TechSpot News and Crave
The Boy Genius Report:
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 …
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: CenterNetworks
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yelvington.com:
Drupal 6 opens new content management doors
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
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 …
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.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Sony Ericsson: why we chose Windows  —  Mobile World Congress Why has Sony Ericsson succumbed to Microsoft?  —  The way the company's chief technology officer Mats Lindoff explained it to us, is that you can't crack the US market without it.  He was giving El Reg a glimpse into the future.
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Big Update for Vista Leaves Little Changed For Mainstream Users
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Austin Modine / The Register:
FTC lists 2007's top consumer frauds
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
The 15 biggest tech acquisitions since 1998
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
JBoss sets goal: Capture 50 percent of enterprise middleware workloads by 2015
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft's latest reorg to set the stage for Yahoo merger
Discussion: Tech Tracks
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
FriendFeed's Google Connection
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Sun's super supercomputer to launch
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Your content on Google Maps
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search: Peter Morville Defines, Shows Examples
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Multifunction Printers: The Forgotten Security Risk
Discussion: Slashdot
Wall Street Journal:
Sexes Differ in Viewing Web Video, Study Says
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast FCC filing shows gap between hype, bandwidth reality
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PC World and PalmAddicts
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Imeem Acquires Snocap