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10:00 AM ET, February 4, 2008

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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 …
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Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Microsoft-Yahoo: Google ethics and the “monopoly pissing match”  —  As excitement heats up around Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo, Google feels threatened and has jumped into the fray, as reported by Dan Farber, ZDNet's editor in chief.  Rightfully concerned about the impact …
Official Google Blog:
Yahoo! and the future of the Internet
Dave / PassingNotes.com:
Dr MicroHoo, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb
Discussion: Between the Lines
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.
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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).
Discussion: Neowin.net and Paul Mooney
CNET News.com:
Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 finalized
Discussion: Compiler
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: Vista SP1 released to manufacturing — headed your way... in March
Discussion: Microsoft
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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yang e-mail ‘reaches out’ to Yahoo troops  —  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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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No Super Bowl For Yahoo: Top Brass Weigh Their Limited Options
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo
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.
BBC:
Chips pass two billion milestone  —  The first chip to pack more than two billion transistors has been launched by silicon giant Intel.  —  The quad-core chip, known as Tukwila, is designed for high-end servers rather than personal computers.  —  It operates at speeds of up to 2Ghz, the equivalent of a standard PC chip.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel launching Tukwila: world's first 2 billion transistor chip
Discussion: George Ou, ZDNet.com.au and WinBeta
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to open Boston-area research lab  —  Microsoft on Monday said it plans in July to open its sixth research lab, in Cambridge, Mass.  —  The new lab will focus initially on “core computer science, especially more algorithmically oriented areas, and the social sciences …
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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Microsoft Adds Research Lab in East as Others Cut Back
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Industry Standard 2.0: Their Analysis, Your Predictions  —  The Industry Standard—the once high-flying, and then hardest-falling, magazine of the dotcom era—is relaunching today in a public beta, nearly seven years after the original media outlet went bankrupt.
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Press Association:
Ships did not cut internet cable  —  No ships were present when two marine cables carrying much of the Middle East's internet traffic were severed, Egypt's Ministry of Communications has said, contrary to earlier speculation about the causes of the cut.  —  The ministry had originally stated …
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Agence France Presse:
Ships did not cause Internet cable damage
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition  —  On Monday AOL will announce the acquisition of San Diego-based Goowy, a startup founded in late 2004 and which launched, incidentally, in my living room in late 2006 (we had a TechCrunch party where Goowy, Meebo, Sphere and other startups launched).
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?  —  STYLES make fights — or so goes the boxing cliché.  In 2008, they make presidential campaigns, too.  —  This is especially true for the two remaining Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  Reporters covering the candidates have already resorted …
Discussion: Cult of Mac, TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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E-TEN unveils new consumer-focused products at Mobile World Congress 2008
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android SDK to get “significant updates,” $10M Challenge delayed
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
The Future of We Media  —  Many of us are joining the ranks …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft, Yahoo! and the Effect on OpenID
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