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12:56 AM ET, February 2, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hold Everything!  We May Get Another YHOO Bidder!  *  —  A Valley source is hearing that a major private-equity firm was just days away from making its own bid for Yahoo when the Microsoft bomb hit this morning.  (The same source now reports that TWO firms were circling, both big New York-based shops).
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft to Yahoo: Two Days to Respond or Else!  —  Sources at Yahoo tell me that Microsoft made its most recent overtures right after Yahoo announced its earnings Tuesday and then told Yahoo execs they had two days to respond or Microsoft would go public with the offer.
Jim Badenhausen / Yahoo!:
Media Response  —  02-01-08 Yahoo! Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Media Hotline  —  Robinson Lerer & Montgomery for Yahoo! Inc.  —  FAQ: Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Q1.  How is Yahoo! responding to Microsoft's proposal?
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Flickr Rebellion Brews at Specter of M$ Acquisition  —  A small but vocal minority on Flickr are already staging online protests at the prospect of a Microsoft takeover.  Flickr is one of several popular Web 2.0 websites owned by Yahoo that loyal users fear will suffer under Microsoft ownership.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share  —  Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  This may seem like an odd way to characterize a company that just announced its willingness to plunk down $44.6 billion to make its first hostile takeover ever.  A company that will probably generate …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft Is Building a Spaceship Out of Spare Parts  —  I used to write about bank mergers, and those always struck me as taking two aircraft carriers and building a new one out of the parts.  —  For Microsoft, trying to build a new Internet portal-search engine-advertising network-cloud computing company …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Would a Combined Microsoft-Yahoo Look Like?  —  Microsoft's $31 a share offer for Yahoo is made possible by Yahoo's slumping shares (Yahoo's stock was trading at about $31 a year ago).  While Yahoo has rejected Microsoft's entreaties in the past, with Terry Semel stepping down as chairman …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Deal That May Create More, Not Less, Competition
Discussion: Forbes and Clickety Clack
Bill Burnham / Burnham's Beat:   Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Yahoo! buy would give Microsoft ownership of open source e-mail, projects, code.
Discussion: TeleRead
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT-YHOO: the Twitterverse edition
Discussion: Random Mumblings
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Microsoft-Yahoo: The deal of the dinos
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's rise key to potential Microsoft-Yahoo merger
Discussion: Valleywag, Forbes and Webware.com
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Microsoft values Yahoo Visitors at $1,200 Each
Discussion: Epicenter
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Microsoft's Bid for Yahoo!: The Long View
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft + Yahoo = Big Mess?
Discussion: Brandon LeBlanc and WebProNews
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
YHOO/MSFT Bidding War? MSFT to Raise Offer? Doubtful
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Google's Investment in AOL Set Stage for MSFT/Yahoo! Merger/Acquisition
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
Microsoft and Yahoo!: Putting the Offer in Perspective
Discussion: PC World and Paul Kedrosky's …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft to buy Yahoo: Ray Ozzie roars
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:   Microsoft-Yahoo: Enterprise confusion
Brad Fitzpatrick / Google Code Blog:
URLs are People, Too  —  So you've just built a totally sweet new social app and you can't wait for people to start using it, but there's a problem: when people join they don't have any friends on your site.  They're lonely, and the experience isn't good because they can't use the app with people they know.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Gathers Social Graph Information From The Web, Launches API  —  Tens of millions of people have been busy the last few years building Facebook's most valuable asset - their social graph.  As people add friends, and those people add friends, Facebook gets to understand exactly how its users know each other.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Social Search is Coming
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases Social Graph API
Discussion: Profy.Com
Google Analytics Blog:
Urchin Software Beta Now Public  —  Today we're happy to announce that the Urchin Software from Google beta is now available for download at urchin.com.  Urchin Software from Google is a web analytics product similar in scope to Google Analytics, except you install and manage the software on your own servers.
CNN:
Third undersea Internet cable cut in Mideast  —  (CNN) — An undersea cable carrying Internet traffic was cut off the Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai, officials said Friday, the third loss of a line carrying Internet and telephone traffic in three days.  —  Ships have been dispatched to repair …
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air 1.6Ghz HDD vs 1.8Ghz SSD Benchmarks  —  Many readers are reporting shipments and delivery in our MacBook Air forum.  First impressions and notes of the MacBook Air are being compiled in this thread.  —  Few head to head comparisons between the Solid State Drive (SSD) …
Discussion: Gizmodo, PC World and Valleywag
Alexander Rose / Long Views:
Decision: Blogs vs. New York Times  —  February 1st, 02008 by Alexander Rose  —  Long Bets has arrived at a decision for Long Bet #2 between blogger Dave Winer and Martin Nisenholtz of the NY Times.  At stake is US$2000.00 plus half the interest that has accrued over the last 5 years in the Farsight Fund …
Discussion: Workbench, Scripting News and Blogcosm
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Save the Date: Announcing Digg Town Halls  —  We're always looking for ways to have more conversations with you to learn how we can improve Digg.  To do this on a regular basis, we are launching a series of Digg Town Hall Meetings.  We're holding the first of these the evening of Monday February 25th …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ParisLemon
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell Latitude E-series leaked  —  We've got a bit of preliminary dirt on Dell's new, soon-to-be-announced Latitude E-series machines, and we're liking what we see.  So far we know there will be a 4.25 pound / 14.1-inch and 5 pound / 15.4-inch version, both with WXGA and WXGA+ LED backlit displays …
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and Gadgetell
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Twitter the Tech Version of Britney Spears?  —  We all know that as Britney Spears continues to fall further and further down and it seems the further down she falls, the more people watch her, write about her and photograph her.  In fact, the Fox news here in NYC (#1 market) …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Two videos of E-Lead's Noahpad in action  —  If our description from CES of the perplexing (and frankly inconvenient) navigation associated with E-Lead's Noahpad wasn't enough to truly depict what is going on with this thing, then perhaps these videos will help.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
 
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