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3:25 AM ET, February 5, 2008

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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders  —  Sometimes change—any change—is good.  —  For a company hobbled by cultural and management problems, a $44.6 billion hostile takeover bidfrom Microsoft may be just the kick in the pants Yahoo needs to rejoin the fight against Google—and potentially Microsoft.
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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:
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Developer Platform Goes Live (Sorta)  —  MySpace is holding an event in San Francisco tomorrow with 250 application developers to ceremonially launch its application platform...for developers only, that is.  —  Over the next month, developers big and small will have the opportunity …
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eMarketer:
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.
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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey Blodget, Still Betting On Google $2,000?  —  Google's stock continues its swan dive.  It wasn't that long ago that some bloggers (well, one blogger) were thinking Google could hit $2,000/share.  I scoffed, although to his credit Blodget did say it could take 10-15 years for it to happen.
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat, PC World and MacRumors
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun aims for '09 with Rock boxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B  —  Rupert Murdoch confirmed during News Corp.'s analyst call that he was not planning on bidding on Yahoo!  —  No wonder: Google is guaranteeing him $900M via Fox Interactive Media.  Yahoo! used to power those very same text ads via Overture …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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.
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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?!
Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
Thirty minutes with the N-Gage First Access client  —  “Ewan!” cried Rafe, “Nokia have pushed the N-Gage Client out ahead of MWC!”  “I knew they would,” [Yeah, right - Ed] I congratulated myself.  “Time to find out just what they have in store for us...”  —  So it's finally here.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
N-Gage First Access goes live
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 …
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Zephoria / apophenia:
just because we can, doesn't mean we should
Discussion: Bokardo and The Social Times
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features  —  Zimbra, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that was acquired by Yahoo this past September, has released version 5.0 of its collaboration suite.  The upgrades are various and wide-reaching …
Virgin Mobile USA:
Virgin Mobile USA Provides Selected Preliminary Results and Guidance for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007  —  WARREN, N.J.  —  Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless services with no annual contracts, announced today selected preliminary subscriber information …
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices  —  SAN ANTONIO - Beginning next month, AT&T Inc. will raise the price of its most common broadband Internet services in many of the states where it operates, a company spokesman said Monday.  —  The $5-per-month hike will apply in all but the states acquired with the buyout of BellSouth.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
 
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Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Everex posts Cloudbook promo video on YouTube
Discussion: CLUMPC, CrunchGear and Engadget
Tony Smith / The Register:
Asus reschedules 8GB Eee PC to Q2, moles claim
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Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
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Motorola CEO takes charge of troubled handset unit
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Tribute planned for Microsoft's Jim Gray
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Microsoft Research to Open New Doors for Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.
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Moving In on the Wii  —  A unique motion-based controller …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed
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A Lesson in Apple Economics
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