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1:15 PM ET, February 14, 2008

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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.
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Vodafone:
Vodafone Hires Pieter Knook to Head Up New Internet Services Function  —  New organisation will accelerate delivery of the Group's Mobile Plus strategy  —  Vodafone Group Plc today announces the creation of Vodafone Internet Services which will lead the development and delivery of Vodafone's current …
Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Head of Mobile Communications Out
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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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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.
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What's Next for YouTube (Video Editing, Recommendations, Advertiser Analytics)  —  Last night at an event in NYC dubbed “Videocracy,” YouTube gave marketers a sneak peak at some upcoming initiatives.  Silicon Alley Insider's Michael Learmonth tried to get in, but was thrown out.
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Plans Dividend, Buyback
Discussion: Digital Daily and DSLreports
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
‘Love Tester’ technology now available in phones  —  How passionate does you lover feel about you?  And how do you guys feel about people using the word “lover” to describe a significant other?  Do you show up at a party and tell everyone that your lover's going to be there soon?  Do you show up at parties?
Discussion: Ubergizmo
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Reuters:
How deep is your love? Korean passion phones know
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Zimbra's new 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 …
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.
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 …
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.  We'd already heard of Elite shortages, but now they seem to be more widespread.
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 …
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 …
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
 
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Bob Tourtellotte / Reuters:
NBC and MTV band together to promote “quarterlife”
InternetRetailer.com:
1-800-Flowers sends virtual flowers, rolls out Spanish language site
Discussion: WebProNews
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
R.E.M. Releases New Videos Under Open Source License
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RIP: Yahoo! Design closed down
InfoWorld:
EU revisits copyright levy conundrum
Discussion: Ars Technica
Sarah Lai Stirland / Wired News:
Obama Campaign Used Spanish-Language Phone Banking, Texting …
Discussion: techPresident
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
iTunes Live London: Take two
Discussion: iLounge and MacUser
Financial Times:
Google homes in on revenues from phones
 Earlier Items: 
Fred Topel / HomeMediaMagazine.com:
Michael Bay Relishes Blu-ray's Victories
Discussion: Engadget and DailyTech
GigaOM:
How Not to End Up as an Anachronism  —  Written by Greg Olsen, Founder and CTO of Coghead
ZDNet:
RIM: BlackBerry's future lies in social networking
John Oates / The Register:
HP pays off reporters it spied on
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
Discussion: Things That
Ben Edelman:
Critiquing C-NetMedia's Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices
Discussion: Threat Chaos
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows
Discussion: Digg
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another big change for viral app marketing on Facebook: Invitation …
Discussion: A VC and VentureBeat