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3:15 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.
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.
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth Still Strong, Google Says
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google earnings miss Wall Street estimates
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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Twitter Blog:
We had a rough night.  But now we're back.  —  I just left the office, at 6am, with most of our engineering and technical operations team.  That's only a handful of people, but we were all there all night.  —  You may have noticed we had an outage last night/stretching into this morning.
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Twitter Down Art Collection
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter's struggles harm more than just the users
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 …
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  —  Yahoo is close to acquiring enterprise video startup Maven Networks for between $160 million and $170 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.  TechCrunch was first to print word of the acquisition.
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Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Mulls Sale or Spinoff  —  Motorola Inc., facing pressure from activist shareholder Carl Icahn, said it may spin off or sell its flagship handset division.  —  The decision is a stunning setback for an American technology icon and offers a parable for other industries.
Discussion: Phone Scoop, Valleywag and IntoMobile
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Motorola Weighs a Shift in Cellphones
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   Motorola considers cell phone biz spinoff
Scott Rafer / Lookery:
New Guaranteed Payment Program  —  Lookery is currently taking submissions for a new publisher program that offers guaranteed payments of US$.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.
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 …
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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
The Pirate Bay: Is it illegal to point?  —  In one of the least-surprising legal moves in recent memory, Swedish authorities have laid charges against The Pirate Bay, one of the largest trackers of BitTorrent downloads in the world (it recently passed the 10 million peers mark), on behalf of several movie studios and record labels.
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.
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