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6:55 PM ET, February 1, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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 $31 a year ago).  While Yahoo has rejected Microsoft's entreaties in the past, with Terry Semel stepping down as chairman …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hold Everything!  We May Get Another YHOO Bidder!  *  —  A Valley source is hearing that a major private-equity firm was just days away from making its own bid for Yahoo when the Microsoft bomb hit this morning.  (The same source now reports that TWO firms were circling, both big New York-based shops).
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Flickr Rebellion Brews at Specter of M$ 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.
Michael Liedtke / Yahoo! Finance:
Microsoft Makes $42B Bid for Yahoo  —  Microsoft Makes $42B Bid for Yahoo; Executives Hope Deal Can Help Them Topple Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Unable to topple Google Inc. on its own, Microsoft Corp. is trying to force crippled rival Yahoo Inc. into a shotgun marriage …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Microsoft to acquire the Company.  The Company said that its Board of Directors will evaluate …
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 …
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?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
MSFT + YHOO: What Would Microsoft Yahoo Look Like?  —  So the conference call has happened, and despite saying it has a plan to digest Yahoo, Microsoft didn't share that with the world.  Indeed, at one point it was said any plan depended on what Yahoo's leadership would suggest.  That means it's time for What If.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
MSFT-YHOO: Analysts' First Take: Agreement Likely; Major Premium For Yahoo's Core Assets  —  Flash analyst commentary on the deal is starting to come in.  Expect a lot more discussion today and in the days ahead.  We'll update as we get more:  — Imran Khan, JP Morgan: Quick reactions …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft + Yahoo = Big Mess?  —  Everyone on the sideline seems to be very excited about possible Yahoo and Microsoft merger, but I'm not so sure it's going to turn out pretty.  Microsoft has a history of making acquisitions, and few comes to mind of anywhere close to a success.
Discussion: LiveSide and Brandon LeBlanc
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a bold move to counter Google's online pre-eminence, Microsoft said Friday that it had made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo for about $44.6 billion in a mix of cash and stock.  —  If consummated, the deal would redraw …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Google's Investment in AOL Set Stage for MSFT/Yahoo! Merger/Acquisition
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:   Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:   Microsoft's Bid for Yahoo!: The Long View
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer To Microsoft Troops: Listen Up, Too
Discussion: Valleywag
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Microsoft to buy Yahoo: Ray Ozzie roars
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Microsoft/Yahoo: Killing the Deal, 101
Discussion: Webomatica
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   YHOO/MSFT Bidding War? MSFT to Raise Offer? Doubtful
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's rise key to potential Microsoft-Yahoo merger
Discussion: Forbes and Techdirt
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.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PDA and Between the Lines
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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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Social Search is Coming
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Mine The Web's Socially-Tagged Links: Google Social Graph API Launched
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Releases Social Graph API
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews and Threat Chaos
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air splayed — multi-touch trackpad controller chip same as iPhone  —  It's that time of the product cycle again, the teardown.  This time, iFixit's applying the Xacto to Apple's MacBook Air.  Notable discoveries are an easy to disassemble chassis just big enough for Samsung's 1.8-inch …
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Microsoft values Yahoo Visitors at $1,200 Each  —  The big news of the day is Microsoft's $45 billion dollar bid for Yahoo.  While the blogosphere will be abuzz with predictions of how this will shake up the online landscape, there's a very real impact on pure “traffic ownership.”
Discussion: Epicenter
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Forget Publicists, All The Cool Kids Have Online Reputation Managers  —  from the are-you-serious?  dept  —  It's been well-documented that Google has become something of the mythical permanent record teachers warned you about as kids.  There are plenty of stories about people losing jobs …
Discussion: Profy.Com
 
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Randall Palmer / Reuters:
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John Oates / The Register:
Euro lawyers see tortuous road ahead for Microsoft's Yahoo! bid
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 Earlier Items: 
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Yahoo! buy would give Microsoft ownership of open source e-mail, projects, code.
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comScore:
comScore Releases Rankings of Top U.S. Internet Properties Based …
Discussion: LiveSide and Digital Daily
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
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Joe Minihane / Gadget news and reviews:
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