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10:55 AM 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).
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.
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
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 …
Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 finalized  —  Both products have been “released to manufacturing,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces.  Server 2008 will formally launch on February 27.  —  Yahoo, RealNetworks strike deal on subscription music
Discussion: Compiler and Windows Connected
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Official: Vista SP1 released to manufacturing — headed your way... in March
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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to employees: We're looking at other options; Don't get distracted  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang told employees in an email that the company has made “absolutely no decisions” about Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid.  He added that the board is also looking at other strategic alternatives.
Karl / DSLreports:
Google Aims To Scuttle MS/Yahoo Deal …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo
Rafat Ali /
Yahoo Sells Premium Music Service To RhapsodyAmerica; Buys FoxyTunes  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), which has officially closed down its premium online music service Yahoo Unlimited (we reported on it first here), has sold the service to RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) and MTV JV company Rhapsody America …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Yahoo Music Users Going to RealNetworks
Discussion: Engadget and MacDailyNews
Chris Williams / The Register:   Yahoo! tunes! out! of! music! subscription!
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: AccMan Pro and GigaOM
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Hello, Google, can you spell hypocrisy?
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Ships did not cause Internet cable damage
Ina Fried / CNET
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 …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Microsoft Adds Research Lab in East as Others Cut Back
Discussion: Memex 1.1
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
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).
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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Saptarshi Purkayastha / Sunny Talks Tech:
AMD gives unreleased Opteron 2352 to Isohunt (P2P servers)
Discussion: P2P Blog, and Slyck
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
CFO: Microsoft likely to go into debt for Yahoo deal
LG unveils the LG KF510 touch slider
Discussion: Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Forces Danish ISP to Block The Pirate Bay
E-TEN unveils new consumer-focused products at Mobile World Congress 2008
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android SDK to get “significant updates,” $10M Challenge delayed
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Microsoft, Yahoo! and the Effect on OpenID
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Xbox 360 Elite laptop: Ben Heck strikes again
Dave /
Dr MicroHoo, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb
Discussion: Between the Lines
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why Yahoo should say Yes to MicroSoft