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2:00 PM ET, February 14, 2008

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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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
AT&T offers **free Option GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express HSUPA cards …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and jkOnTheRun
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.
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.
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.
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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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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Plans Dividend, Buyback
Discussion: Digital Daily and DSLreports
information aesthetics:
RIP: Yahoo! Design closed down  —  an anonymous source just informed me the entire Yahoo! Design Innovation team (once coined yHaus) has been laid off, part of a closing-down of all innovation teams at Yahoo. in addition, their work has been completely removed from their original website. infosthetics …
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.
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Yahoo turns to News Corp., leaving Microsoft jilted at the altar  —  Yahoo didn't like Microsoft's advances, despite the ostensibly sweet buyout offer of $44.6 billion, or $31 per share.  So management is looking around for other sweethearts that could keep it from falling under the control of big, bad Mr. Softy.
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
New Panasonic pro AVCHD camcorders  —  At an intimate press conference yesterday, Panasonic Broadcast revealed a few of the forthcoming products which it plans to debut at the NAB show this April.  The high point—at least for us—is the introduction of the AG-MHC150, an AVCHD SD card-based companion to the HDV-based AG-DVX200.
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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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Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Online Video, Men And Women
Discussion: Computerworld
Robert Andrews / mocoNews.net:
@ MWC: Microsoft ‘Investigating’ Yahoo oneConnect Developments
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Lawmakers Move to Grant Banks Immunity Against Patent Lawsuit
Discussion: Patent Law Blog
Scobleizer:
Microsoft researchers make me cry
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
List of quotations
Discussion: p2pnet and Techdirt
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
Financial Times:
Google homes in on revenues from phones
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Fred Topel / HomeMediaMagazine.com:
Michael Bay Relishes Blu-ray's Victories
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Valentine's Day Logos Around The Web
Discussion: Things That
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
PageOnce to Put All Your Online Accounts in One Place
Discussion: Download Squad, VoIP Blog and Digg
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows
Discussion: Digg
PC World:
Sprint's Limited WiMAX Launch Imminent
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
RIAA gets Does' names after school threatened with contempt