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8:00 AM ET, February 6, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Studies Alternatives to Microsoft  —  Yahoo is holding out hope it can avoid Microsoft's bid by way of a possible rival suitor or a tie-up with Google that might allow it to stay independent.  Video
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Economist:
The Microhoo! hoo-hah  —  Microsoft's controversial bid for Yahoo!  —  THE “last day at work” video circulated by Bill Gates is trying to be funny, but for unintentional laugh-till-you-cry comedy, there is no beating the legendary effort by Mr Gates's chief executive, Steve Ballmer.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Yahoo  —  The dust is settling on Microsoft's …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Cade Metz / The Register:
Potential suitors throw Yahoo! to the wolf
Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Crack Chinese Market  —  Two years after Google Inc. began a big push in China, Baidu.com Inc. continues to dominate the country's Internet search market, thanks in significant part to a controversial and legally risky offering: searches for free, unlicensed music downloads.
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google Likely Out, And Happy  —  After dominating the U.S. wireless spectrum auction for months, from influencing the terms of the auction to bidding, it looks like Google is off the hook.  —  Nine days into the closely watched Federal Communications Commission auction …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Verizon gaming Google in US wireless auction?  —  Analysis In the battle for the so-called 700-MHz band - a lip-smackingly juicy slice of the US wireless spectrum - somebody just pulled a fast one.  And you can bet it was Verizon, yanking the rug out from under Google and a crazed Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: broadstuff, Bits and Digital Daily
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Facebook featured on new iPhone ad  —  Tonight, Apple released two new iPhone commercials in the standard iPhone-esqe style — Facebook and Cars.  In these two commercials, Apple expounds on features that have already been introduced in older commercials.  This is the first time that Apple …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Suggesting Friends?  —  One of my readers just sent me an email about a new feature that he hadn't seen previously.  I haven't seen this feature either.  Apparently there is now a feature that “Suggests a friend to me.”  I'm assuming that if there is a contact …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirated by iTunes, Artist Turns to BitTorrent  —  The Flashbulb, aka Benn Jordan, became so outraged when he discovered that iTunes was effectively pirating his music, that he uploaded copies of his latest album to BitTorrent.  TorrentFreak caught up with Benn to learn more about the decision …
Discussion: Digg
BBC:
EBay to ban negative seller views  —  Online auction site eBay has said it plans to overhaul its feedback system and will ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.  —  EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.
Jim Lynch / ExtremeTech:
Steve Jobs Announces the iBook eBook Reader  —  Steve Jobs, mercurial CEO of Apple Inc., recently gave an interview to the NY Times.  In the interview Jobs shared his thoughts on a number of things including Google's Android and Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
Discussion: TeleRead and The Mac Observer
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Pictures: The Black Nokia N82 is official, finally!  —  Available only in the USA, $630.  You can order it online here.  —  The 5 megapixel, xenon flash equipped, GPS, WiFi, HSDPA monster is finally looking a bit more respectable.  —  Update: After adding one into my shopping cart for purchase I was presented with this message:
Bill Ray / The Register:
Turning a Nokia phone into a hotspot  —  Free app shares your connection with the world  —  A new piece of freeware can turn a Symbian S60 handset into a Wi-Fi hotspot, removing the need to muck about with Bluetooth connections to get connected when on the move.  Just don't tell your service provider.
Discussion: JoikuSpot
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The high cost of e-mail autocomplete  —  I've always been leery of Microsoft Outlook's autocomplete feature.  That's the one that guesses who you want to send the e-mail to by looking at the first few letters you type.  —  It's right most of the time.  —  But with e-mail used to send everything …
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
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Portfolio.com:
Lillys $1 Billion E-Mailstrom
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Notes from tonight's MySpace Developer Platform launch  —  MySpace officially announced the MySpace Developer Platform to the developer community tonight at the MDP Launch Party in San Francisco.  Many of the top Facebook developers were in attendance to meet the MySpace Development Platform team.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election  —  Interactive Gizmo Maps Results in Leaps and Bounds  —  The polls were closed and the results were flooding in from the Florida presidential primaries last week when CNN host Anderson Cooper turned to correspondent John King for an analysis of the voting.
 
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Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Why Social Applications Will Thrive In A Recession
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
In CBS Test, Mobile Ads Find Users
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Silicon Valley Donations: Microsoft Loves Hillary; Google, Obama
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Turn your S60 device into a WiFi hotspot!
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Capcom: don't worry, the 5GB Devil May Cry install is worth it
BBC:
Mobiles ‘not brain cancer risk’
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
European VC deals hit record low — depressing for startups
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch UK
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Yahoo! and Microsoft: UK perspective
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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Africa: Google Starts Recruitment Plan to Up Clout
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Rejects Hollywood's Call to Aid Piracy Fight
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Toshiba Adds Penryn-powered Notebooks
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Ubergizmo
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet
Discussion: Digg
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe names new CTO
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Small wonder: inside Intel's Silverthorne ultramobile CPU
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Remote Workers Don't Practice Safe Computing
Discussion: Cisco
 

 
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