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7:00 AM ET, February 7, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Is Google About to Buy Bebo For $1 Billion To $1.5 Billion?  Or Will it Be MySpace?  —  An unconfirmed rumor has surfaced that either Google or MySpace is about to announce a big $1 billion to $1.5 billion acquisition in the social space.  After checking around with multiple industry sources …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Bebo For a Billion?  A 100 Percent Chance of Wrongness!  —  First, Google and News Corp. are not about to buy Bebo for $1 billion to $1.5 billion.  —  Second, Bebo-as has been reported and is easy to find out about by anyone who can pick up a phone and ask around like a reporter is supposed …
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google Apps Team Edition aims to move companies to the cloud  —  Just like rogue employees in the 1990s forced instant messaging into corporations, the new Google Apps Team Edition being launched on Thursday offers a way for workers to slip a hosted apps service into the enterprise.
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Cable Cut Fever Grips the Web  —  Are underseas telecom cable cuts the new IEDs?  —  After two underwater cable cuts in the Middle East last week severely impacted countries from Dubai to India, alert netizens voiced suspicions that someone — most likely Al Qaeda — intentionally severed …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
A Guide to Billionaire Bloggers - And Some We'd Like to See  —  With the news today that billionaire investor Carl Icahn is getting ready to start blogging, we started to wonder what other billionaires blog.  Sadly (or perhaps not so sadly), not many of them blog.  Why should we care if a billionaire blogs?
Austin Modine / The Register:
Cisco outlook an investor Chambers of horrors  —  Cisco posted a decent 2008 fiscal second quarter, yet remains gloomy about its near-term sales forecast in the US and Europe.  —  Revenue increased 16.5 per cent to $9.8bn, compared with $8.4bn year-over-year.
Discussion: New York Times
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco Still Sees 12%-17% LT Growth Rate; But January Orders Weak …
Reuters:   Cisco posts higher quarterly profit
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Show Me the Money!  Dealipedia Wants to Unveil Secretive Business Deals  —  Michael Robertson, who made $115 million when he sold his startup MP3.com to Vivendi in 2001, wants every other entrepreneur to tell the world how much, or little, they pocketed during their business deals.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Israeli upstarts follow money to Silicon Valley  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW—Israel is brimming with technology upstarts that want what Silicon Valley has—venture money, partnerships, and a bridge to the rest of the world.  —  On Wednesday, 15 Israeli companies showed off their technology to a group …
Steven Johnson / Guardian:
Dawn of the digital natives  —  If you believe a scary US report, reading is on the decline.  But, says Steven Johnson, it completely fails to consider the amount that we do every day on our computers  —  The NEA makes a convincing case that young people are reading less, but it completely excludes reading done on computers
Discussion: HeyJude
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Interrogations  —  During the two year investigation into The Pirate Bay, several people connected to the site were questioned.  The Swedish police allegedly used some of the harshest (Jack Bauer like) interrogation tactics to get them to talk, with surprising results.
Discussion: Digg
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
No spin: Ars reviews the MacBook Air with solid state drive  —  The MacBook Air's high-end model comes with 200 extra MHz and a solid state drive.  Is it worth the extra $1,300 to upgrade?  We compare the two Airs directly to find out whether the price is worth paying.
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
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
LinkedIn Announces New Research Platform  —  At the Money:Tech conference, Mike Gamson of LinkedIn announced their new line of business to provide primary research services to financial markets, the LinkedIn Research Network.  —  While the service isn't going live for several months …
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.
Discussion: Computerworld, Gadgetell and Engadget
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, broadstuff and Groundswell
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.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Ask and Digg Team Up for Big News
Discussion: Rev2.org
 
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Robert O'Harrow Jr / Washington Post:
Spies' Battleground Turns Virtual
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PodCamp Midwest Up To Date In Kansas City
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Could JPEG XR deliver cheaper, better burst shooting?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET News.com
Guy Yalif / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing all-you-can-eat web hosting
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Choose Your Own Conspiracy: Undersea Cable Edition
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Phil Windley about online reputation
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COO discovered he'd been fired when phone disconnected
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL To Split Off Dying Access Subscription Business.  When's That Advertising IPO?
 Earlier Items: 
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Obama loses Silicon Valley to Clinton: Is anyone surprised?
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Apple Plugs QuickTime Malware Installation Hole
Discussion: Macworld and MacUser
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T to expand 3G wireless network
Electronista:
Yahoo resistance costing Microsoft
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Pleading, price cuts can't halt Rackspace exodus
BBC:
Holographic displays step closer
Discussion: Slashdot
Nick / Rough Type:
One computer to rule them all  —  IBM has launched …
 

 
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Afghan newspapers blasphemy causes protests after rebuking Isis and Islam

 
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