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6:35 PM ET, February 6, 2008

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CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Fifth Cable Cut To Middle East  —  You may have noticed a number of stories recently about undersea cables getting cut around the world.  Apparently the total is now up to 5, but the scariest part of this is that Iran is now offline.  You can also read Schneier's comments on this coincidence.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cut four undersea cables, shame on you, cut a fifth, also shame on you  —  If you're reading Engadget today because your favorite Iranian gadget blog is offline, here's why: a fifth undersea cable has now been reported as cut, responsible for [knocking Iran] and a few other million people mostly off the interwebs.
Asma Ali Zain / Khaleej Times:
Cable damage hits 1.7m Internet users in UAE  —  DUBAI — An estimated 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE have been affected by the recent undersea cable damage, an expert said yesterday, quoting recent figures published by TeleGeography, an international research Web site.
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Bad to Worse: Fifth Undersea Cable Cut in Middle East  —  Undersea cable owners still won't speculate on cause of cable cuts  —  Reports are coming in this morning that a fifth undersea fiber optic cable was severed in the Middle East.  However, by several accounts, the fifth cable cut …
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Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air: 1.8GHz SSD vs 1.6GHz HDD [Updated]
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It is pitch black.  You are likely to be eaten by a grue.  —  Whatever conference room Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his lieutenants are huddling in these days must feel a lot like one of Zork's dark caverns.  Down one tunnel lies Microsoft and its takeover bid.  Down another, Google waits with all eight arms open.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shareholders drive down value of Yahoo bid
Discussion: WebProNews and Voices
Electronista:   Yahoo resistance costing Microsoft
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
“BigNews”: Ask's Digg Project Revealed (IACI)  —  Here's the Ask.com/Digg collaboration we'd heard about earlier this week, but it may be less than we'd advertised: “BigNews” is actually more of an attempt to create a new spin on Techmeme/Google News than a ripoff of Digg's social news site.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and Ask News
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Ask launches BigNews, a buzz-based news aggregator with Digg integration
Discussion: Mashable! and Rev2.org
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast, Raise $8 Million A Round  —  A New York City startup called Howcast is launching today that wants to be the YouTube of instructional videos.  In fact, the three founders—Jason Liebman, Daniel Blackman and Sanjay Raman …
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.
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.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
EA unveils Spielberg's ‘Boom Blox’ for Wii  —  It's been a long time coming, but we finally have some actual details about the first game to emerge from the partnership between Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts.  —  Known as Boom Blox, the game, which will be available in May only on the Wii, is from EA's casual games unit.
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Adobe Ships Silent Fix for Critical PDF Reader Flaw  —  Adobe patched a gaping code execution hole in Reader but, inexplicably, has issued no public documentation on the risk severity.  —  Adobe has released a software fix for what's described simply as “security vulnerabilities” …
Discussion: Zero Day and Computerworld
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Why Windows 7 looks so much like Vista  —  Last month we posted a video and screenshots of what may or may not be Windows 7, the next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.  The company hasn't confirmed or denied the authenticity of these images, but many readers have been a bit... vocal about their doubts.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace's San Francisco Debut in Living Color!  —  Last night, BoomTown checked out the new space MySpace is renovating for its soon-to-open San Francisco office.  The occasion was a party the social-networking site held for developers as part of its recent platform launch.
 
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Pleading, price cuts can't halt Rackspace exodus
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco Still Sees 12%-17% LT Growth Rate; But January Orders Weak …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
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BBC:
Holographic displays step closer
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
All hail Europe, the new “king of spam”
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Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: TechSpot News and The Register
Nick / Rough Type:
One computer to rule them all  —  IBM has launched …
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Xbox 360 HD DVD Player price drop (now US $129.99)
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest To Add Unique Comp Data For Stock Research
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Sprint Launches Unlimited Access Plan
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook to Punish Stupid Applications, Reward Good Ones
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA
Discussion: PC World, CrunchGear, Mashable! and Digg