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3:40 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.
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 $44.6 billion to make its first hostile takeover ever.  A company that will probably generate …
Jim Badenhausen / Yahoo!:
Media Response  —  02-01-08 Yahoo! Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Media Hotline  —  Robinson Lerer & Montgomery for Yahoo! Inc.  —  FAQ: Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Q1.  How is Yahoo! responding to Microsoft's proposal?
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Flickr Rebellion Brews at Specter of M$ 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.
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 …
Louise Story / New York Times:
Deal That May Create More, Not Less, Competition
Discussion: Forbes and Clickety Clack
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft Is Building a Spaceship Out of Spare Parts
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT-YHOO: the Twitterverse edition
Discussion: Random Mumblings
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Yahoo! buy would give Microsoft ownership of open source e-mail, projects, code.
Discussion: TeleRead
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Microsoft/Yahoo: Killing the Deal, 101
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Would a Combined Microsoft-Yahoo Look Like?
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Microsoft values Yahoo Visitors at $1,200 Each
Discussion: Epicenter
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Google's Investment in AOL Set Stage for MSFT/Yahoo! Merger/Acquisition
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo … My guess: Sold.  That's a big premium over Yahoo's current share price, and I don't see Yahoo getting there on their own any time soon.  —  Engineering-wise, it's interesting.  Yahoo's stuff is almost all written in PHP, and runs on FreeBSD and Red Hat Linux servers.
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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: Tech Blog, Gizmodo and Valleywag
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: Electronista, Crave and Gadgetell
 
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