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4:45 AM ET, February 1, 2008

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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Social Networking Inventory Not Monetizing As Well As Expected; Trouble At MySpace?  —  Speaking on the company's post-earnings conference call, Google (GOOG) CFO George Reyes said the company has found that “social networking inventory is not monetizing as well as expected,” …
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Yahoo! Finance:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.  —  “We're very pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Surprise, Surprise, Social Networking Ads Suck  —  One of the questions that came up last week in Edinburgh was whether or not social networking sites were really the big moneymakers they claimed to be.  In the discussion, what we agreed on, was that the social networking sites had done …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Misses Revs/EPS...and Pulls Out the “Display” Card  —  Google missed consensus revenue and EPS estimates.  Stock down 7% in after-market.  Revenue shortfall on Google Sites (vs. affiliates), due to a shortfall in paid-click growth (startling deceleration).  Adjusted operating income slightly light.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Are the Markets Getting Too Heavy for Google to Lift?  —  Ever since Google's stock-withering earnings report, I've had the Flaming Lips' “Waiting for a Superman” stuck in my head.  Things are indeed getting heavy, and everyone was waiting for Google to lift the sun into the sky.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth Still Strong, Google Says
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Chatty Zuckerberg Tells All About Facebook Finances  —  Want to know about how privately held Facebook is doing from a financial point of view?  —  Well, just ask Mark Zuckerberg!  —  This afternoon, at an all-hands meeting held in a Palo Alto, Ca. theater near the social networking site's headquarters …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finances Leaked  —  Kara Swisher's elves must have Mark Zuckerberg's number.  Because she is reporting details from an all-hands meeting the Facebook founder held on Thursday for employees that had an open dial-in number, in which he revealed the following financial metrics for the still-private company:
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Tim Coulter / Joyeur:
Twitter and Joyent: Update  —  By David Young 31 January 08  —  Twitter has been officially off Joyent since 10PM last night.  This may come as a surprise to some after yesterday's posts here and here regarding the two companies working together.  Those of us at Joyent appreciate …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
As Twitter Service Woes Contiune, Japanese Money Looks Likely  —  Twitter dumped Joyent as its hosting provider late yesterday (see our report here) and it was presumed by some that the switch away form Joyent was due to the poor reliability of the service.  We later learnt that Twitter …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Announce Large Video Acquisition—Maven Networks For $150 Million.  —  We've gotten word that Yahoo will make an acquisition announcement of a video startup today or tomorrow.  At first we thought the target might be Metacafe, which was almost acquired by Yahoo just following the Google/YouTube deal in 2006.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Yahoo to Acquire Maven Networks for $160M-$170M
Motorola:
Motorola to Explore Structural and Strategic Realignment of its Businesses to Enhance Shareholder Value  —  Company will evaluate alternatives to accelerate the ability of its Mobile Device Business to recapture growth and profitability in an expanding global market
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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Mulls Sale or Spinoff  —  Motorola Inc., facing pressure from activist shareholder Carl Icahn, said it may spin off or sell its flagship handset division.  —  The decision is a stunning setback for an American technology icon and offers a parable for other industries.
Discussion: Phone Scoop and Valleywag
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Motorola Weighs a Shift in Cellphones
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Motorola considers cell phone biz spinoff
Discussion: Business Week
Scott Rafer / Lookery:
New Guaranteed Payment Program  —  Lookery is currently taking submissions for a new publisher program that offers guaranteed payments of US$.125 CPM across 100% of a Facebook or Bebo application's traffic.  We're seeking a billion pages a month for this new program, at a rate of 33 million a day …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   How Much Is a Facebook Ad Worth?  Lookery “Guarantees” (Drum Roll) 12.5-Cent CPMs.
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future  —  At an event in August, Marissa Mayer, Google's leading VP in search, said social search hasn't shown much promise, but if it does, Google would be in a good position to incorporate it.  I wrote about that here.
Jennifer Woodard Maderazo / MediaShift:
No More Ink Stains::  Why I Left Print Media for Digital  —  Why I Left Print Media for Digital  —  In new media circles, one of the hottest topics of recent years has been the print-to-digital shift.  People pundit about it, shout “print is dead” and wallow in the sadness sparked by nostalgia for a day when this wasn't a question.
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Google gets its way with new wireless network  —  Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.  —  That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid …
 
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