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11:35 PM ET, February 4, 2008


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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders  —  Sometimes change—any change—is good.  —  For a company hobbled by cultural and management problems, a $44.6 billion hostile takeover bidfrom Microsoft may be just the kick in the pants Yahoo needs to rejoin the fight against Google—and potentially Microsoft.
Discussion: and Epicenter
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yang e-mail reaches out to Yahoo employees  —  Wonder what Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang and the company's nonexecutive chairman, Roy Bostock, said to the troops on Friday, after Microsoft launched its unsolicited $44.6 billion bid?  —  Here's the text of the e-mail they sent to employees …
Tom Krazit / CNET
Rumor: New MacBook Pros on the way?  —  With Apple's MacBook Air having reached store shelves, it might not be too much longer before the company updates the rest of its notebook lineup.  —  MacRumors notes fresh evidence—of sorts—that Apple is getting ready to launch revamped MacBook Pros in February.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Thin is in: Ars Technica reviews the MacBook Air
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacDailyNews
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Intel debuts Silverthorne processor; Dragonfire Ring, Dwarfsbane Sword and Elven Might Sling to follow  —  As subnotebooks like the Eee PC and the XO become more and more common (they will), a new market will develop around them and copycat machines.  Intel hopes to be a player in this new market …
Discussion: PC World, MacRumors and VentureBeat
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun aims for '09 with Rock boxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google: Like A Rock (That Is, Falling Like One)  —  Google has thus far today dropped another 5% of its stock price to drop below the $500 mark for the first time since last August.  Remember, up until the final days in December the stock was still over $700 a share, and it was near the $750 a share level …
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing the RTM of Windows Vista SP1  —  Hi, Mike Nash here from the Windows Product Management group at Microsoft.  Today we are excited to announce that we have released Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista to manufacturing (RTM) for our first set of languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese).
Heard the Latest About Podcasting?  —  Engagement via headphones.  —  Ever since podcasting was introduced, the question has been the same: Will anyone listen?  —  The answer is definitely “Yes.”  —  eMarketer estimates that the total US podcast audience reached 18.5 million in 2007.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Valleywag reaches new low: makes fun of the death of a mother and son in a plane crash.  —  Valleywag continues to lower it's own pathetic moral benchmark today by making fun of the death of a monther and her child in a plane crash.  What is wrong with you people?!
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner  —  When people get a chance to try out Microsoft's Surface touch-screen tabletop computer, they often wish they could take one home.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday that the company is trying to speed up that process after getting a lot of demand for a consumer version.
Nick / Rough Type:
Who cut the cables?  —  Curiouser and curiouser.  Last Wednesday two undersea communication cables carrying Internet traffic were severed near Alexandria, Egypt, causing widespread outages in Egypt and India that left a reported 100 million people without Net access.
Simon Lauder / ABC News:
Conspiracy theories emerge after internet cables cut
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Google's Social Graph API a Creeping Privacy Violation?  —  I love me some screenscaping and mashups and data portability, but when it comes to personal information things get a little more complicated.  —  I'm in San Francisco today at Dappercamp, an event concerning a tool that's always got …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed  —  Google's Android mobile operating system is already hitting snags.  It is hardly out of the gate yet, and (correction) an update to the software development kit that programmers need to create applications for Android is being pushed back a few weeks.
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices  —  SAN ANTONIO - Beginning next month, AT&T Inc. will raise the price of its most common broadband Internet services in many of the states where it operates, a company spokesman said Monday.  —  The $5-per-month hike will apply in all but the states acquired with the buyout of BellSouth.
Discussion: CrunchGear and
Motorola CEO takes charge of troubled handset unit  —  Motorola Inc (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said its Chief Executive Greg Brown was taking direct control of the company's loss-making handset business, replacing Stu Reed, in a move aimed at helping speed up the unit's recovery.
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping  —  CLARKSBURG, West Virginia (CNN) — The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.
Discussion: Network World
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Ina Fried / CNET
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Discussion: InfoWorld
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:
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