Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
12:00 PM ET, February 3, 2008

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
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 …
RELATED:
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Microsoft Buying Yahoo Really Means  —  Perhaps you don't need any more explanations of the significance of Microsoft's offer to buy Yahoo, but I don't want to lose my media/tech blogger license, so here's mine.  —  Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo is akin to newspaper industry consolidation …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Private Equity Save Yahoo From Microsoft?  Unlikely  —  Late Friday, we reported that a private equity firm such as Quadrangle Group might be called upon (by Jerry Yang) to act as a white knight and save Yahoo (YHOO) from falling into the clutches of Microsoft (MSFT).
Discussion: HipMojo.com, ZDNet and broadstuff
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Yahoo Offer Is Strategy Shift for Microsoft
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings and Slashdot
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.
RELATED:
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 …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Do Super Bowl ads work?  —  Here's a take from an expert on branding on whether Super Bowl ads work.  I actually watch the SuperBowl on Tivo, looking only at the ads.  Yes, afraid so.  It's UnAmerican.  —  Super Bowl Branding - Do Super Bowl Ads Really Work?
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Tech issues a no-show at MTV-MySpace candidate event  —  NEW YORK—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the fourth and final presidential candidate to appear at the youth-focused “Closing Arguments” question-and-answer session, co-hosted by MySpace, MTV, and the Associated Press.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) alpha 4  —  Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 4 was officially released today and is now available for testing.  This alpha offers an early look at some of the features that will be included in the final 8.04 release, which is scheduled for April.
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
RELATED:
David Kravets / Threat Level:   Pirate Bay Says It Can't Be Sunk, Servers Scattered Worldwide
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.
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 …
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 12:00 PM ET, February 3, 2008.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
Microsoft Garage: Exploring and creating cross-platform consumer apps  —  Take a look at what's happening now in The Garage, Microsoft's haven for über geeks who are constantly thinking and tinkering.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Designed to deliver usage reports within 60 min of receiving data from an app.  Built to scale - collect and process billions of events per day from millions of users.
Rackspace:
Another Patent Troll Slain.  You Are Now Free To Rotate Your Smartphone.  —  Rotatable Technologies is now an ex-patent troll.  I say “ex-troll” because its patent, US Pat.  No. 6,326,978, has been declared unpatentable …
Zoho:
Ringio helps sales teams close more deals by bringing Click To Call to Zoho CRM  —  This is a guest post by Sam Aparicio, CEO of Ringio.  —  Today we are announcing a new integration with Zoho that brings Ringio's Click To Call …
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Weblogs, Inc. Co-Founder Brian Alvey To Launch Crowd Fusion
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots
Jason Harris / Download Squad:
BBC's iPlayer adds support for Firefox
Discussion: AfterDawn.com and Mashable!
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Miro, a nonprofit Web TV player with big ideals, launches co-branding service
Discussion: Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WiFi trial comes to San Francisco's BART trains
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Jon Swaine / Guardian:
News Corp mulls senior US post for former editor Rebekah Brooks

John Plunkett / Guardian:
Guardian Media CEO calls on BBC to share breaking news video feed, open archives, criticizes Australia expansion

Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Why The New York Times built a tool for crowdsourced time travel

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip