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11:30 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
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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
Comcast:
Comcast Reports 2007 Results and Provides Outlook for 2008  —  Financial Tables  —  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%
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Comcast: Q4 Tops Ests; Sets Div; Vows $7B Buyback; Eliminates Founder's Salary; No Bid For YHOO, Sprint  —  Quite an eventful - and promising - morning for Comcast (CMCSA) shareholders.  —  Comcast (CMCSA) reported fourth quarter revenue of $8.01 billion, with EPS of 20 cents, beating the Street at $7.9 billion and 17 cents.
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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.
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
Ian / IanSchafer.com:
So What Happened At YouTube's Videocracy Event?  —  YouTube trotted out all their heavy hitters for their Videocracy event in NYC last night.  —  Here are some highlights of what they said:  —  For Content Partners/Creators  —  Get ready for active sharing.  —  Get ready for upgraded video editing tools.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and NewTeeVee
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft drums up its very own Xbox 360 shortage  —  The word on the street, nay, the word straight from Jeff Bell's mouth, is that the Xbox 360 is experiencing stock shortages, which could hurt sales for January and February.  “You could say we misjudged demand,” said Bell, head of global marketing for Microsoft games.
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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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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Zimbra's newest Desktop: Look ma!  No browser!  —  I fell in love with Zimbra's AJAX-style interface the first time I saw it.  Slick, powerful, and much more extensible than Microsoft Outlook ever dreamed of being.  There was just one thing I hated about the Zimbra experience …
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
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
 
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ZDNet:
RIM: BlackBerry's future lies in social networking
John Oates / The Register:
HP pays off reporters it spied on
Electronista:
Sharp laser hints 6x Blu-ray notebook burner
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Ubergizmo
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
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Ben Edelman:
Critiquing C-NetMedia's Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
AOL, Citysearch Hook Up Locally
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Many Valentine's Day Specials
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PC World:
Sprint's Limited WiMAX Launch Imminent
Discussion: DSLreports, Engadget and CrunchGear
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Your options for placing Excel data in Word
CNET News.com:
Memo to Microsoft: Yahoo's A-list
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple reduces iPod / iPhone build rates, increases iMac production
Discussion: Computerworld
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
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mobile exec: Google, Yahoo are stealing our billions
Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge