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1:05 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.
Discussion: InfoWorld, eWeek and The Register
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Official: Vista SP1 released to manufacturing — headed your way... in March
Discussion: eWeek
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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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 …
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.
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.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Uses Oldest Trick in Book to Counter Microsoft
Discussion: Digital Daily and AppScout
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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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.
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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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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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Sells Premium Music Service To RhapsodyAmerica; Buys FoxyTunes
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.
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John Leyden / The Register:
IPv6 roots planted on the net  —  Another small step towards the next generation  —  Monday marks a red-letter day for the internet, with the introduction of services that allow IPv6-based IP addresses to translated into domain names and vice versa.  —  The change comes as net governance …
Discussion: WebProNews
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: broadstuff and AccMan Pro
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Hello, Google, can you spell hypocrisy?
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Google Delays Android SDK; May Give Developers More Time To Be Distracted By iPhone  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) said last week that its developer kit for Android will be delayed for several weeks while it makes significant changes.  As part of that, it will also push back the deadline for its $10 million Android Developer Challenge.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Android SDK to get “significant updates,” $10M Challenge delayed
Discussion: bijansabet.com
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
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.
Discussion: Profy.Com, Mashable! and VentureBeat
 
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Reuters:
New Kodak Chips Could Improve Cell Phone Cameras
Discussion: Engadget
Peter Sayer / IDG News Service:
LiMo's Linux Phone Platform Nears Launch
Dylan Bowman / ArabianBusiness.com:
Internet problems continue with fourth cable break
Mickaël Rémond / Process-one:
Introducing the XMPP application server: The Twitter example
Discussion: Slashdot
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ESPN to Offer Sports Events on the Web Free to Some
Discussion: MarketingVOX
The Huffington Post:
News Corp Says “No Yahoo Bid”
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Samsung G810 smartphone to take on Nokia N95
 Earlier Items: 
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Breaking: In The Middle of The Storm, Yahoo! Acquires Israeli FoxyTunes
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft to open Boston-area research lab
Discussion: New York Times
BBC:
Chips pass two billion milestone
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Industry Standard 2.0: Their Analysis, Your Predictions
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition