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12:40 AM ET, February 3, 2008

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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The internet is the social network  —  Google has released a social-graph API, which in theory — though, unfortunately, not in practice — is what the internet is all about: relationships and connections.  —  I've said it before: … So with its social-graph API, is Google trying to become …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Yahoo Offer Is Strategy Shift for Microsoft  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and a global philanthropist, called upon fellow business leaders at the World Economic Forum last week to pursue a kinder form of capitalism.  —  But on Friday, the brand of capitalism practiced …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Meanwhile back at the Yahoo ranch, Flickr Video is coming soon  —  Updated 3:33 PST: With the unsolicited bid by Microsoft, and potentially other suitors (TechCrunch reports News Corp. trying to put together a bid) who want to derail the combination, Yahoo has its hands full.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Data Visualization Google Gadgets  —  Last year, Google acquired a data visualization technology from Gapminder, a Swedish non-profit organization.  Gapminder's technology, Trendalyzer, was used to visualize data from United Nations Common Database in an intuitive way.
confused of calcutta:
“Interesting, but of no commercial value”: The problem with emerging social media tools: A Saturday Evening Post  —  I can remember a time when people thought e-mail was a complete waste of time.  I can remember a time when spreadsheets and storyboarding software were similarly disdained.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch  —  [With apologies in advance to Martin Nisenholtz, who I believe is genuinely fighting the good fight, and who will no doubt end up with a great job at some fine Internet company.]  —  The hiring of Bill Kristol was the last straw.  —  I can't take it anymore.
The Technium:
Better Than Free  —  The internet is a copy machine.  At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it.  In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand …
Skrentablog:
The peanut butter jar is empty  —  I was rooting for Jerry Yang.  Tech founder returns to helm to take over.  That's a story I have to get behind.  —  But it never seemed to me like he was fully in charge.  I wonder how many stakeholders Consensus had over there in the top suite.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots  —  HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item?  —  If the answer is “too often,” a San Francisco company …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Microsoft plus Yahoo! Strategic Assets in Email  —  So much of the chatter around Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo! revolves around competition with Google in the online advertising market.  While that is a huge market, one that Google now dominates, and one that Microsoft has a jones for …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sweden Warns Kids Against The Pirate Bay  —  The majority of Swedish children between the ages of 8 and 14, admit that they download copyrighted music and videos on a regular basis.  “Lilla Aktuellt” - a kids news show on Swedish national television - recently discussed this topic …
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Deal to End Writers' Strike May Be Near  —  LOS ANGELES — Informal talks between representatives of Hollywood's striking writers and production companies have eliminated the major roadblocks to a new contract, which could lead to a tentative agreement as early as next week …
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Jason Harris / Download Squad:
BBC's iPlayer adds support for Firefox  —  Rumors have been swirling for months that the BBC was going to allow users of their iPlayer service to access the popular player on a computer or platform other than Internet Explorer for Windows.  Well today British citizens are part way there as the BBC …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Miro, a nonprofit Web TV player with big ideals, launches co-branding service  —  Web video may seem like a tough field for any company to enter, much less a nonprofit.  —  But the Participatory Culture Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, says its Miro video player can play RSS-enabled videos hosted anywhere …
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