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4:15 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 …
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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.
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:
Discussion: eWeek and Bits
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 …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Yahoo Considering Google Alliance, Hitler's Pills
Discussion: The Next Web
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Epicenter, HipMojo.com and Gadgetell
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to employees: We're looking at other options …
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.
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Nathalie Thomas / Scotsman:
Microsoft to face rivals in Yahoo battle  —  GLOBAL giants including Apple and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp are believed to be considering rival bids for the internet company Yahoo, which has received a $44.6bn (£22.6bn) offer from Microsoft.  —  The conglomerate InterActiveCorp …
The Huffington Post:   News Corp Says “No Yahoo Bid”
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.
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Simon Lauder / ABC News:
Conspiracy theories emerge after internet cables cut
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 …
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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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Yahoo Music: Trading bad for worse
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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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Xbox 360 Elite laptop: Ben Heck strikes again
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.
 
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PR Newswire:
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans new Windows Live, Live search releases
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InfoWorld:
Yahoo started small and grew fast
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Facebook, MySpace image uploaders vulnerable to attack
Discussion: eWeek, Zero Day and Security Watch
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Major Microsoft counterfeiter sentenced to 4 years in prison
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Key mobile Linux platform out in March
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Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner
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Breaking: In The Middle of The Storm, Yahoo! Acquires Israeli FoxyTunes
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LG unveils the LG KF510 touch slider
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Google Android - a sneak preview
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