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9:00 AM ET, February 5, 2008


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Paul Miller / Engadget:
16GB iPhone just around the corner? (updated)  —  There's been plenty of conjecture (pictured) about a 16GB iPhone — and its mysterious absence from the initial lineup — ever since the 16GB iPod touch graced us all with its minuscule presence, but things are starting to look up.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Reports: New iPhone, MacBook Pro imminent
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store is down: 16GB iPhone imminent?
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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.
Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo  —  For most investors, there's little reason to wait for a better offer than Microsoft's.  —  Yahoo investors probably can't believe their luck.  —  For years they sat by while their company stumbled.  From mid-2004 until last week their shares slumped by about 40% …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr's Version Of A Mass Protest  —  Some users aren't happy at the prospect of a Microsoft takeover of Flickr's parent company, Yahoo.  To protest, they do what Flickr users do - upload images.  —  In this case, the images are all anti-Microsoft, and there's some really creative stuff.
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Podcasts Taking Off (Again): eMarketer  —  Some interesting new figures have been released by eMarketer today that shows that podcasts are taking off in both traffic and revenue, and the outlook is even better again.  —  The general view on podcasting is that it had been passed by as video became …
Marc Andreessen /
Silicon Valley after a Microsoft/Yahoo merger: a contrarian view  —  This post is not about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo merger.  —  Instead, let's just assume for the moment that Microsoft succeeds in its bid for Yahoo.  —  What would a Microsoft/Yahoo merger mean for startups in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: WebProNews and SmoothSpan Blog
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 …
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
MySpace Developer Platform Launches; Levels the Playing Field for App Builders  —  MySpace has just announced the launch of their developer platform, meaning that beginning Tuesday morning you will be able to start building applications for what remains the most popular social network in the world.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Web 3.0: Is It About Personalization?  —  On the UK's Guardian newspaper site today, writer Jemina Kiss suggested that Web 3.0 will be about recommendation.  “If web 2.0 could be summarized as interaction, web 3.0 must be about recommendation and personalization,” she wrote.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   Web 3.0 is all about rank and recommendation
Times of London:
My online life: no hobbies, no opinions, no friends, no fun  —  I knew my online life had to change when my boss decided that he would join Facebook.  As the resident young person in an office of thirty and forty-somethings I was tasked with setting up his online profile.
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Consumer group slams RealPlayer as ‘badware’  —  San Francisco - A consumer advocacy group is blasting RealNetworks for installing adware and other software without properly notifying its users.  —  In a report published Thursday, faults the latest version of RealPlayer …
Discussion: BetaNews and
Katie Jacobs Stanton / OpenSocial API Blog:
Our doors are open to OpenSocial developers  —  Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Developer Programs  —  OpenSocial apps will go live to Orkut users in the last week of February.  To launch your app on Orkut you need to have it pass a review by the Orkut Team, so be sure to use these best practices to build a successful app.
Discussion: All Facebook
Dan Peterson / OpenSocial API Blog:
OpenSocial 0.7: Coming to a user near you
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.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google: Like A Rock (That Is, Falling Like One)
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 …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low  —  Google's stock price closed today below $500 for the first time in almost six months, ending the day at $495.43 (and another two dollars lower in after-hours trading).  The stock has been in freefall since late December, losing $215 in a little over a month, $250 in ust under three.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: Opera and Gizmodo
John Leyden / The Register:
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