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1:55 PM ET, February 4, 2008

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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).
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Microsoft:
Media Alert: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing  —  Client and server operating systems help provide customers with increased efficiency, performance and security.  —  What: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today …
George Ou:
Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 RTM today  —  Microsoft has reached a major milestone today for its Windows Server and Client products.  Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service pack 1 have been released to manufacturing today which means they will soon be available to IT customers and consumers.
Fred / A VC:
How Yahoo! Can Get Out Of The Microsoft Bear Hug  —  Let me start this post by saying that I don't think Microsoft will achieve its goal of obtaining some sort of balance and scale in the search market with an acquisition of Yahoo! If you look at the share of search that Google …
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New York Times:
Google Works to Torpedo Microsoft Bid for Yahoo  —  Standing between a marriage of Microsoft and Yahoo may be the technology behemoth that has continually outsmarted them: Google.  —  In an unusually aggressive effort to prevent Microsoft from moving forward with its $44.6 billion hostile bid for Yahoo …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt offered Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang help in any effort to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid.  Though regulatory concerns make a bid by Google unlikely, it could play a role in bids by others.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Uses Oldest Trick in Book to Counter Microsoft
Discussion: Digital Daily and AppScout
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Microsoft-Yahoo: Google ethics and the “monopoly pissing match”
Discussion: broadstuff and Google
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Hello, Google, can you spell hypocrisy?
Discussion: The Digital Home, DailyTech and p2pnet
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to employees: We're looking at other options …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
EA bets PS3 will best Xbox 360 sales in 2008  —  Hold onto your lunch, we're looking at quite the turnaround in fortunes for the PS3 if EA's sales predictions for 2008 hold true.  With a hot new SKU on the shelves, an unlikely Halo killer, strong market share in Europe and that profitability milestone crossed …
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Agence France Presse:
Microsoft, struggling in Japan, to launch cheaper Xbox
Discussion: GamePro.com
Business Wire:
Kodak Revolutionizes Image Capture with New High-Resolution CMOS Image Sensor  —  Industry's First 1.4 Micron, 5 Megapixel, High-ISO CMOS Sensor Combines Two New KODAK Technologies for Better Pictures from a Smaller Sensor  —  ROCHESTER, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:   Kodak introduces “world's first” 1.4 micron, 5-megapixel CMOS sensor
Reuters:
New Kodak Chips Could Improve Cell Phone Cameras
Discussion: CrunchGear
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody  —  It's been a tumultuous few days for Yahoo—you know, with that takeover bid from Microsoft—but the company continues to shake things up internally, too.  —  On Monday, the company announced that it will discontinue …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Yahoo Music: Trading bad for worse
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
CFO: Microsoft likely to go into debt for Yahoo deal  —  Microsoft has historically been renowned for its huge cash holdings, and its ability to avoid going into debt, but the company will probably need to borrow for the first time to help cover the cash portion of its giant Yahoo bid.
AlexB / yourminis:
Goowy acquired by AOL!  —  We have been working closely in partnership with AOL since early 2007.  During this time, we've had an opportunity to see AOL grow and evolve as a company.  For this reason, among others, we're thrilled to announce that AOL has acquired Goowy.
Lance Davis / Reg Developer:
Google Android - a sneak preview  —  What's in it for developers?  —  Google invited developers to its London office for one of three workshops - the others being in Munich and Tel Aviv to spread the word and teach developers how to write for their new OS.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Key mobile Linux platform out in March  —  The LiMo Foundation has announced the first release of its mobile Linux platform.  —  The foundation is one of several industry consortia seeking to create a standardized approach to Linux-based handsets.  Its main rival at the moment …
BBC:
Overhaul of net addresses begins  —  The first big steps on the road to overhauling the net's core addressing system have been taken.  —  On Monday the master address books for the net are being updated to include records prepared in a new format known as IP version 6.
The Huffington Post:
News Corp Says “No Yahoo Bid”  —  A News Corp spokesman says it is not putting together a competing bid for Yahoo—which makes sense, given that it can't afford Yahoo.  Time Warner, AT&T, and Comcast, as expected, are not preparing bids.  (And this is good news: A Yahoo combination …
 
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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IFPI Forces Danish ISP to Block The Pirate Bay
Discussion: p2pnet and Slashdot
Glofiish:
E-TEN unveils new consumer-focused products at Mobile World Congress 2008
BBC:
Chips pass two billion milestone
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