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6:30 PM ET, February 3, 2008

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Official Google Blog:
Yahoo! and the future of the Internet  —  The openness of the Internet is what made Google — and Yahoo! — possible.  A good idea that users find useful spreads quickly.  Businesses can be created around the idea.  Users benefit from constant innovation.  It's what makes the Internet such an exciting place.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Will Be a Disaster  —  We've poked fun at Yahoo's efforts to pretend that it's in control of this Microsoft process, and we've argued that the transaction is pretty much a done deal.  One thing we want to be clear about, however: Yahoo is smart to search for alternatives …
Discussion: Threat Chaos and HipMojo.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Responds to MicroHOO  —  Google has kept mum on the much talked about Microsoft-Yahoo deal, but today the company broke its silence and posted its official statement on its blog.  The statement is credited to David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer...
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Monkey Boy's three-legged race  —  The Borg-Yahoo merger won't work.  Here's why.  It's like taking the two guys who finished second and third in a 100-yard dash and tying their legs together and asking for a rematch, believing that now they'll run faster.
Times of London:
Exclusive interview with Bill Gates on how Yahoo takeover will challenge Google  —  Bill Gates's audacious move on Yahoo challenges Google.  In an exclusive interview, he outlines his thinking  —  FOR a man harbouring a big secret, Bill Gates was looking pretty relaxed last week.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Deal Is Big, but Is It the Next Big Thing?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In moving to buy Yahoo, Microsoft may be firing the final shot of yesterday's war.  —  That one was over Internet search advertising, a booming category in which both Microsoft and Yahoo were humble and distant also-rans behind Google.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Raises “Troubling Questions” Says Google  —  Google has posted a missive on Microsoft's attempted takeover of Yahoo where it cries wolf against the deal based on (I'm serious here) competition grounds.  —  David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google writes:
Discussion: CNET News.com and Brandon LeBlanc
Louise Story / Bits:
Microsoft's Inner Thoughts on Online Advertising  —  Have you been wondering what had been going through the heads of Microsoft executives as they prepared to make the bid for Yahoo?  —  In December, I got my hands on three confidential documents that Microsoft used in its lobbying …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google: MSFT Bid Raises “Troubling Questions”; Openness Mantra Again; MSFT Responds: We'd be No 2  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has fired back on Microsoft's (NSDQ: MSFT) $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), and said in an official blog post the bid “raises troubling questions..it's about preserving …
Nick / Rough Type:
Goliath and Goliath  —  When Google adopted “don't be evil” as the cornerstone of its corporate code of conduct, what it really meant was “don't be Microsoft.”  The company's loathing for its neighbor to the north was on display again today in a remarkably contemptuous broadside launched …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Dear Jerry and Steve... Here's the Answer  —  We think a straight acquisition of Yahoo (YHOO) by Microsoft (MSFT) would be a disaster.  However, we also think the fundamental premise for the merger is sound and that the companies should combine forces.  Furthermore, we think there's …
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Microsoft:
Statement from Brad Smith, General Counsel, Microsoft  —  The combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.  The alternative scenarios only lead to less competition on the Internet.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Nick / Rough Type:
Desperately seeking the “killer best way”  —  Was Facebook's misbegotten launch of its Beacon advertising service a case of youthful overreaching, or did it indicate a much deeper problem for the young company?  —  The answer to that question may have become a bit clearer last week when Google announced its quarterly results.
 
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