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3:25 PM ET, February 4, 2008


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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 …
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.
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 …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Uses Oldest Trick in Book to Counter Microsoft  —  For a company that only recently came up to speed in Washington, Google is playing by the rules spelled out in the unofficial big company lobbying handbook.  The search giant has launched a swift and seemingly all-out effort …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Yahoo Considering Google Alliance, Hitler's Pills  —  Looks like the Microsoft purchase of Yahoo is going to shake the intartubes no matter what happens at the end.  Now Reuters is saying that Yahoo management really “is considering revisiting talks it held with Google several months ago …
Discussion: PalmAddicts and
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What you all are missing about Google
Discussion: Bits
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).
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 …
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.
Nathalie Thomas / Scotsman:
Microsoft to face rivals in Yahoo battle
The Huffington Post:   News Corp Says “No Yahoo Bid”
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 …
Ian C Rogers / Yodel Anecdotal:
Music for the masses  —  Last year, shortly after I assumed the role of Yahoo! Music's General Manager, we started saying publicly that we were “de-emphasizing” our premium music offering, Yahoo! Music Unlimited.  The fact of the matter is that building a great premium music service takes …
Mathew /   Yahoo Music: Trading bad for worse
Caroline McCarthy / CNET   Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ESPN to Offer Sports Events on the Web Free to Some  —  ESPN, the dominant channel for sports programming, will announce this week that Web users on college campuses and military bases — anyone in the .edu or .mil domain — will be able to access live programming on its Web site, ESPN360, without charge.
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
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Facebook, MySpace image uploaders vulnerable to attack  —  Within the last week, researcher Elazar Broad has disclosed two ActiveX vulnerabilities in the tools that and Facebook users use to upload images to their sites.  On Sunday, Broad disclosed a buffer overflow vulnerability within the Facebook image upload control.
Discussion: eWeek, Zero Day and Security Watch
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