02:41 AM

Newswatch 2.12.08: MSFT girding for a fight

MSFT to YHOO: So you want a fight?

[NYT] Microsoft’s statement suggests that, at least for now, the company is not willing to raise its price. Microsoft also indicated anew that it was ready for a fight, repeating earlier statements that it might consider “all necessary steps” to ensure the deal is completed. Experts said Microsoft could ratchet up pressure on Yahoo’s board by taking its offer directly to shareholders and waging a proxy fight to oust Yahoo’s directors; it has until March 13 to nominate a new slate of directors.

Nokia, Google in mobile search deal

[Reuters] "This also might be a bit of a defensive move in light of Android-based devices supposedly coming in the second half of 2008," said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. "Although Nokia might not adopt the (Android) platform it is making sure they are working with Google and offering consumers what they want."

Android prototypes come to Barcelona

[News.com]It's not so much what Android allows cell phone users to do, but rather what it doesn't require handset chip and device makers to do."Android provides a complete application framework, which can be put on chipsets with a lot less work."

Is it Xperian X1 v. iPhone?

[PCW] the information and preview provided during the product's launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday created a buzz that resonated across the Web. One commentator hailed Xperia X1 as the new reference in terms of productivity and entertainment, and "the most exciting Windows Mobile phone since the Blackjack 2."

Apple unveils Aperture 2

[News.com] Aperture 2.0 has a new raw image-processing engine and streamlined work flow, and the first new feature Apple touts is better speed, one of the common knocks against it compared with its rival. The software, like Adobe's Lightroom, is aimed at enthusiasts and professionals who need to edit and catalog "raw" images, the unprocessed data from higher-end cameras' image sensors.

CNN launches citizen journalism site

[Reuters] CNN this week will enter YouTube territory with iReport.com, a new site built entirely on user-produced news. And unlike CNN's own properties -- where only iReport submissions that have been handpicked by editors and checked for accuracy ever make it online or on air -- the new site will be wide open, allowing users to post whatever content they choose, CNN said.