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2:35 PM ET, February 2, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Scrambles To Bid For Yahoo  —  The rumors keep on rolling around the surprise semi-hostile Microsoft bid for Yahoo this morning.  Sillicon Alley Insider says they've heard that a couple of hedge funds were already preparing their own bids for Yahoo, and were (or perhaps still are) days away from making their move.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo: What Will Stay And What Will Go?  —  While the tech world waits to see whether Yahoo will accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid, Microsoft and Yahoo employees sleep restlessly at the prospect of massive staff cuts if the takeover goes ahead.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Trying to Mount Yahoo Bid (NWS/YHOO)  —  TechCrunch reports that News Corp is also frantically trying to put together a competing bid for Yahoo, with the help of private equity firms*.  This makes sense, given News Corp's previous interest in trading MySpace for a big Yahoo equity stake.
Discussion: Mashable!
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet:
FAQ: What's next for Microsoft's Yahoo bid?
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
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Bill Burnham / Burnham's Beat:
Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley  —  There's a ton of discussion today about Microsoft's unsolicited bid for Yahoo.  Much of the discussion focuses on whether or not the deal is a good thing for Microsoft, Yahoo or Google's shareholders.  While it's possible it could be a good or bad deal …
Fred / A VC:
The Times Are Indeed Changin' (continued)  —  In the interview with Sam Gustin last week, I said: … It looks like that scenario is coming true faster than I thought when I uttered those words.  As Bill Burnham (not my partner Brad Burnham) said in a post yesterday on the YHOO-MSFT deal:
Louise Story / New York Times:
Deal That May Create More, Not Less, Competition  —  In most industries, a merger of two major companies would cause everyone else to panic over a decline in competition.  —  But in the case of the online advertising market, advertising and media executives said on Friday that they liked the prospect of a combined Microsoft and Yahoo.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT-YHOO: the Twitterverse edition
Discussion: Random Mumblings
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Bullish About the Web  —  ONLINE ADS: WINNERS AND LOSERS  —  Perhaps because a Jan. 2 report (pdf) by JPMorgan Chase on Internet stocks ran 312 pages, it took a while for many bloggers to digest it.  “Nothing but Net,” written by Imran Khan, a stock analyst, and his team at the investment bank …
KathrynV / DSLreports:
Spectrum Auction: $18 Billion and Beyond - B-block gets all of the attention while D-block remains ignored  —  Bidding at the FCC spectrum auction exceeded the FCC s $10 billion goal earlier this week.  Although bidding has started to slow down, the total amount of bids surpassed $18 billion yesterday …
Discussion: RCR Wireless News
BBC:
In pictures: Mobile design competition  —  Royal College of Art students were set the challenge of designing a mobile phone to “outperform, outsmart, and outmanoeuvre everything on the market”.  —  One of three winners in the competition, sponsored by 3, was Vase.
Discussion: textually.org and IntoMobile
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone takes on semi, lives to tell the tale  —  We though we'd seen it all when it came to creative device destruction — iPod with a bullet: check, exploding laptops: check, everything in a blender: double check — but we've never seen anything spend over an hour on the highway and survive.
Discussion: Tech Blog
Latest Adrian's Rojak Pot Updates:
ED#77 : Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week!  —  If you have been waiting for Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, well, you can now mark your calender.  We just received word that Microsoft has scheduled Windows Vista Service Pack 1 for release to manufacturer (RTM) on Monday, February 4, 2008.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Bink.nu
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Every User Lies  —  Heidi Adkisson notes that features sell products, but the people buying those products often don't use the very features they bought the product for in the first place. … It's interesting that Heidi used the hedge phrase “may be different” when her own study data showed …
 
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Underwire / Wired:
Hulu to Stream Super Bowl Commercials After Game
Discussion: CrunchGear, last100 and Gadgetell
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to lower power usage of 45nm processors
Discussion: TechSpot News
Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
Save the Date: Announcing Digg Town Halls
Discussion: TechCrunch and ParisLemon
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Is Twitter the Tech Version of Britney Spears?
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Discussion: GottaBeMobile and Slashdot
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
The brain as a spam filter
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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