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9:10 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.
Official Google Docs Blog:
Stop sharing spreadsheets, start collecting information  —  Posted by: Andrew Bonventre, Spreadsheets engineer and Michelle Lee, Spreadsheets designer  —  Today we're asking you to do something new: stop sharing spreadsheets.  —  Well... only sometimes, and only in certain situations.
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
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Leaked Yang memo calls for hard work, commitment, and anybody but Microsoft  —  In his latest companywide memo, copied below, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang wants to “make sure you all realize how essential you are to yahoo!s success.”  And by “you all” he means all but the 1,000 or so he planned to “reallocate” in the next few months.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Is Google About to Buy Bebo For $1 Billion To $1.5 Billion?
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Mashable!
GigaOM:
Is BT Fusion Dead in the Water?  —  Written by Ken Young, whose own blog is called The UK Mobile Report.  —  BT has stopped marketing its Fusion handsets to consumers and is now testing a service that uses the same technology but would allow BT broadband users to access the web …
Discussion: VoIP Blog
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Dominic White / Telegraph:
BT stops marketing of Fusion
Discussion: The Register
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 …
Apple:
About the security content of QuickTime 7.4.1  —  This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.4.1, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss …
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
This Is Not Our Bubble  —  Back in early October I posted about coming economic storms and what entrepreneurs could do to prepare.  Given recent news, it is now almost certain that we are in recession.  The bad news from financial institutions and credit markets is like a steady drumbeat …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
COO discovered he'd been fired when phone disconnected  —  Voce's promises are now just a hollow echo of P.T. Barnum's famous dictum, “there's a sucker born every minute.”  —  “The ultimate service,” the now-defunct mobile virtual network operator's Web site still assures viewers.
Discussion: Engadget and Valleywag
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player price drop (now US $129.99)  —  This just in: The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player price has dropped from $179.99 to $129.99 (U.S. MSRP.)  This new price is effective immediately in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Combine the new price with the 5 free HD DVD offer and it's a pretty good deal.
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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Obama loses Silicon Valley to Clinton: Is anyone surprised?  —  It must have come as a surprise to the boisterous Barack Obama supporters who were flagging down commuters at light rail stations south of San Francisco after work on Tuesday, but Hillary Clinton won far more votes in Silicon Valley than did her rival from Illinois.
Discussion: City Room and Gawker
 
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun's Schwartz cites MySQL's growth rate as incentive
Discussion: Open Source
Reuters:
Cisco posts higher quarterly profit
Discussion: The Register
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
A Guide to Billionaire Bloggers - And Some We'd Like to See
Discussion: CNET News.com
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
LinkedIn Announces New Research Platform
Discussion: Mashable! and eWeek
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL To Split Off Dying Access Subscription Business.  When's That Advertising IPO?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T to expand 3G wireless network
Electronista:
Yahoo resistance costing Microsoft
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Pleading, price cuts can't halt Rackspace exodus
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest To Add Unique Comp Data For Stock Research
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint Launches Unlimited Access Plan
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