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7:06 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 …
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google still waiting for social ad payoff  —  You may be friending and poking your acquaintances on social networks, but that doesn't mean you are paying attention to the ads.  Or, maybe Google just made a bad deal with MySpace in which it guaranteed to pay a lot of money even if you don't click on the ads.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth Still Strong, Google Says
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Misses Revs/EPS...and Pulls Out the “Display” Card
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:
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
As Twitter Service Woes Continue, 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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David Young / 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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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Motorola Weighs a Shift in Cellphones
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Mulls Sale or Spinoff
Discussion: Valleywag, Phone Scoop and IntoMobile
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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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Makes Bid To Buy Yahoo  —  Posting fast — news just in that Microsoft is to bid $31 per share to Yahoo's board of directors to purchase the company.  Release below.  I'll update this post with analysis in a bit, and we'll have a separate post linked from this when the conference call starts.
Discussion: Engadget
Pat Phelan / Roam4free:
MAXroam, real progress this quarter  —  Its been a very long quarter as we have had lots of backend work going on which makes people think we are doing nothing.  We have worked incredibly hard and are now delighted with the results.  —  1. Live billing  —  We now have full live billing …
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and VoIP Watch
Business Wire:
Micron Offers Industry's First High Speed NAND Product  —  New High Speed NAND Technology Delivers on Performance  —  BOISE, Idaho—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU) today announced that it is the first company to sample an 8 gigabit (Gb) single-level cell (SLC) high speed NAND product.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Business Wire
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.
 
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