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Yahoo Rejecting MS Bid
Yahoo has rejected Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid, says a Wall Street Journal source allegedly close to the deal. After a last-minute meeting yesterday, Yahoo's board is said to have rebuffed the offer from Microsoft believing that the Windows developer is acting out of opportunism. The buyout offer was an attempt to prey on Yahoo at a weak point in its history, the rumored insider says. Although the offer of $31 per share is significantly higher than Yahoo's stock value at the time of the proposal, the search engine firm's executives reportedly believe that this offer is undervalued and are waiting for a bid of $40 per share or more, which could raise the worth of the bid to $56 billion.
Feeder 1.5 RSS editor
Reinvented Software recently unveiled Feeder 1.5, an update to its RSS editor application, introducing a number of upgraded features. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard users will experience a brand new user interface, while both Tiger and Leopard operating systems will take advantage of password-less SFTP. Feeder now supports thumbnails for video podcasts with the Media RSS extension, and improves tagging for MP4 video. Item editing and Sparkle appcasts have also been improved. A 15-day trial of Feeder is available, as well as a free upgrade for existing users, while the full version sells for $30.
Safari speed boost
Apple's Safari web browser is about to get a large speed boost, if the current development version is giving an accurate depiction of what users can expect in the finished browser. Seth Weintraub, a writer for Computerworld's Apple blog, has been testing WebKit - Apple's developer version of the KHTML-based browser - and says that performance typically peaks at 2.5 times that of Safari, even in its currently unoptimized state.
Sales, products save AAPL
Apple is ready to rise in the stock market again, as the company rolls out international iPhone releases, which analysts predict may bring balance a slowing US economy. According to financial news site The Street, worldwide demand for the iPhone remains high, after a poll conducted by ChangeWave revealed that the iPhone is the most popular choice for those looking to buy within the next six months.
Apple store in Munich
Apple is looking to open its first German retail store, which will be located in Munich, a city that is known for its expensive, high-end shopping. This will join over 200 stores that Apple currently has open in the US, Canada, the UK, Italy and Japan, after the company said in its financial report that it would open additional international stores throughout 2008. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, German retail analysts say that other suitable locations for a store would include Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, and Frankfurt.
Internet Cleanup 5.0
The biggest danger to your computer is security; if you don't protect your computer from malicious software or users, someone could steal important files and invade your privacy. To protect your privacy on your Macintosh, Smith Micro Software offers Internet Cleanup 5.0, which guards your personal data stored on your computer in three ways.
Meizu M8 on Sale
Meizu's long-delayed M8 (or MiniOne) smartphone may be reaching store shelves in its native China, according to international trading firm AliBaba. The close shadow of the iPhone is already listed as on sale from suppliers including Fuzhou ZhongTianLi, Longxiang Shoes, and Samsin Trade, suggesting that the touchscreen device has advanced well past the prototype stage seen in December and has retained many of the features promised by Meizu in early 2007.
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