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10:25 AM ET, February 6, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Yahoo  —  The dust is settling on Microsoft's $31 per share offer to acquire Yahoo, and the options left open to the company are fairly well understood at this point.  There will almost certainly be no White Knight or other buyout offer coming to the table - the sorry state of the debt markets is assuring that.
Mark Evans:
Could Anyone Buy Google?  —  If you believe the adage that anything is for sale at the right price, does that apply to Google?  —  This scenario - however seemingly implausible - struck me after Microsoft unveiled plans to spend $44.5-billion to acquire Yahoo.
Economist:
The Microhoo! hoo-hah  —  Microsoft's controversial bid for Yahoo!
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Adversary Rises Instinctively at Yahoo Bid
Discussion: CrunchGear
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 …
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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.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Helio launches location-based entertainment with Buzzd  —  Helio, the U.S. arm of SK Telecom, is offering location-based entertainment on its cell phones in a partnership with Buzzd.  The Buzzd service delivers editorially-driven reviews of nearby locations.  Here's a link to video and the release is below:
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
MySpace: Will its socialist-like approach to its social app developers succeed?  —  MySpace kicked off its developer program Tuesday by providing API's and development tools to tens of thousands of developers, with some unique diistinctions, and restrictions, that it hopes will result in high quality apps.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Watcher and VC Cafe
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Notes from tonight's MySpace Developer Platform launch
Discussion: Snipperoo
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL revenue continues to slide; Who are these 9.3 million AOL access subscribers?  —  AOL's revenue and operating income continued to slide as the parent Time Warner focuses on advertising.  For the fourth quarter, AOL reported operating income of $274 million on revenue of $1.25 billion.
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Time Warner Inc. Reports Results for 2007 Full Year and Fourth Quarter
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Latest From Jerry: Stay Focused, Yahoos!  —  Yet another employee letter to Yahoos from CEO Jerry Yang has now become public, thanks to Yahoo being required to file these things with the US Security & Exchange Commission.  It makes you wonder why Yahoo (and Microsoft) …
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:
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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA  —  Apart from The Pirate Bay guys, most tracker administrators are acutely aware of the risks they expose themselves to, and do everything they can to hide in the shadows.  We speak to a tracker owner to find out the kind of measures …
Discussion: Mashable!
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Video site Revver shopping itself for a song  —  Revver, a YouTube competitor that made a name for itself by paying video producers, has fallen on hard times.  —  The company's staff has dwindled to less than half the size it was 18 months ago, according to former employees.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Josh Bernoff / Groundswell:
Why Social Applications Will Thrive In A Recession  —  Is a recession coming?  Don't ask me — I'm not an economist, and even the economists don't really know.  But if it's anything like the last recession, advertising will plummet and experimental media will crater.
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 …
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Apple beats Microsoft, Motorola in Q4 phone sales
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Firefox patch imminent
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IACI Q4 Revs Up 8 Percent; ‘New’ …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast, Raise $8 Million A Round
Jim Offner / LinuxInsider:
Going Offline With Yahoo's Zimbra 5.0 Suite
Nokia:
Nokia astonished by intention of NRW to attempt to recall subsidies from 1999
Discussion: Engadget, SMS Text News and Reuters
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
DRM Ignorance is Expensive
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Austin Modine / The Register:
HP gives retooled low-end SAN boxes a virtual touch
Discussion: eWeek
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
Turning a Nokia phone into a hotspot
Discussion: JoikuSpot
allAfrica.com:
Africa: Google Starts Recruitment Plan to Up Clout
Jim Lynch / ExtremeTech:
Steve Jobs Announces the iBook eBook Reader
Discussion: TeleRead and The Mac Observer
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Rejects Hollywood's Call to Aid Piracy Fight
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election
 

 
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