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11:25 PM ET, February 3, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Assails Microsoft's Bid for Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google said Sunday that Microsoft's proposed $44.6 billion takeover of Yahoo could pose a number of potential threats to competition that need to be examined by policymakers around the world.  —  Google said in a blog post …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can Google Still Claim To Be David To Microsoft's Goliath?  No.  —  Google finally went on the record today regarding the proposed Microsoft/Yahoo deal.  —  In short, they don't like the idea of Microsoft and Yahoo being one company.  They think it raises “troubling questions” and threatens …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google launches its 'let's annoy Microsoft' plan: Pings Yahoo and works regulators  —  Google has reportedly reached out to Yahoo to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid.  And in case that doesn't work Google has already started working policymakers.  —  Simply put, the games have begun (Techmeme).
Nick / Rough Type:
Goliath's slingshot  —  When Google adopted “don't be evil” …
Discussion: Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Responds to MicroHOO
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo Inc. CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to thwart Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, say people familiar with the matter.  —  The approach Friday from Google …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo may consider Google alliance, source says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc would consider a business alliance with Google Inc as one way to rebuff a $44.6 billion takeover proposal by Microsoft, a source familiar with Yahoo's strategy said on Sunday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No Super Bowl For Yahoo: Top Brass Weigh Their Limited Options  —  So apparently the Yahoo brass didn't take Microsoft's public offer to buy them as well as could be expected (hey, at least their shareholders finally got a break - the stock jumped nearly 1/3 on Friday).
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why Yahoo should say Yes to MicroSoft  —  One thing about Jerry Yang that I always have admired is that he cares.  He cares about his employees.  He cares about his products.  He cares about his shareholders.  Most of all he cares about building a world class company that can be great at what it does.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Writes Yahoo: BoomTown Decodes the Letter, So You Don't Have To!  —  As a continuing public service, BoomTown translates the letter that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent to Yahoo's Board of Directors last week, informing them of the software giant's unsolicited offer to buy the troubled Internet portal for $31 a share.
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 …
Times of London:
Exclusive interview with Bill Gates on how Yahoo takeover will challenge Google
Discussion: lab:kloud9
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Will Be a Disaster
Discussion: Threat Chaos and
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Monkey Boy's three-legged race
Discussion: GracefulFlavor and Zoli's Blog
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Dear Jerry and Steve... Here's the Answer
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Update your Twitter, Facebook and other status messages simultaneously  —  HelloTxt makes it easy to make sure all of your friends know what you're up to all the time, no matter what social networking services they use.  Actually, that might be a bit of an exaggeration …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on the Google Social Graph API  —  On Friday of last week, brad Fitzpatrick posted an entry on the Google code blog entitled URLs are People, Too where he wrote … I talked to Dewitt Clinton, Kevin Marks and Brad Fitzpatrick about this API at the O'Reilly Social Graph FOO Camp and I think it is very interesting.
Discussion: Adactio and Googling Google
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Why I'm excited about the Google Social Graph API
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