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8:40 PM ET, February 4, 2008


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What you all are missing about Google  —  I'm surprised that even Kara Swisher has missed this.  The bloggers are going nuts, once again, over the email that a Google lawyer sent to Microsoft regarding Microsoft's proposed purchase of Yahoo.  —  Here's what's really going on:
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 …
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Google Could Keep Yahoo From Microsoft
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).
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 …
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 …
Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The danger of social markers made public (more on the Social Graph API)
Discussion: apophenia
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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 …
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.
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.
Tricia Duryee /
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.
Lance Davis / Reg Developer:
Google Android - a sneak preview
Discussion: Compiler
Business Wire:
Magellan® Announces Exclusive Partnership with Primordial to Give Outdoor Enthusiasts Breakthrough Off-Road Routing  —  Agreement Underscores Growing List of Third-Party Content Providers to Offer Valuable Maps and Content Only for Magellan GPS Solutions
Discussion: Gizmodo
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:   Magellan, Primordial ensure you won't get lost in the woods
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.
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 …
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies  —  PhysX on GeForce Will Bring Amazing Physics Dynamics to Millions of Gamers  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has signed …
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 …
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?!
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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