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5:50 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 …
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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...
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.
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.
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:
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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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google Says MSFT Bid Raises “Troubling Questions”; Openness Mantra Again  —  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 the underlying principles …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Microsoft Trade Shots  —  A GOOGLE EXECUTIVE said Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo “raises troubling questions,” and accused Microsoft of “frequently [seeking] to establish proprietary monopolies.”  Microsoft responded that a deal would create more competition in a space dominated by Google.
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.
Auren Hoffman / Summation:
The Power of Great People (why “good enough” won't cut it)  —  The Power of Great People (why “good enough” won't cut it)  —  Don't outsource your hiring to a bureaucrat  —  Great people are five times as valuable as good people.  This especially applies to engineers.
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Why I'm excited about the Google Social Graph API  —  The Google Social Graph API is a new programming API that allows developers to expose social relationships embedded in web sites.  What does this mean for regular folks like you and me?  Read on.  —  Do you ever feel like your personal information …
 
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