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6:00 AM ET, February 6, 2008


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The Microhoo! hoo-hah  —  Microsoft's controversial bid for Yahoo!  —  THE “last day at work” video circulated by Bill Gates is trying to be funny, but for unintentional laugh-till-you-cry comedy, there is no beating the legendary effort by Mr Gates's chief executive, Steve Ballmer.
Discussion: and WebProNews
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Studies Alternatives to Microsoft  —  Yahoo is holding out hope it can avoid Microsoft's bid by way of a possible rival suitor or a tie-up with Google that might allow it to stay independent.  Video
Cade Metz / The Register:
Potential suitors throw Yahoo! to the wolf
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 …
Discussion: Inside Facebook
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 …
EBay to ban negative seller views  —  Online auction site eBay has said it plans to overhaul its feedback system and will ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.  —  EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:   eBay to eliminate negative feedback from sellers
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Watch Election Returns or Google Maps  —  Super Tuesday Google Maps with Twitter: Just watch this for about five minutes; it's kind of amazing.  And it's global:  —  Amazingly some of the posts are responding to one another.
Brittany Bohnet / Official Google Blog:
Be part of the Super Tuesday action
Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Crack Chinese Market  —  Two years after Google Inc. began a big push in China, 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.
Discussion: and Mashable!
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
Jim Lynch / ExtremeTech:
Steve Jobs Announces the iBook eBook Reader  —  Steve Jobs, mercurial CEO of Apple Inc., recently gave an interview to the NY Times.  In the interview Jobs shared his thoughts on a number of things including Google's Android and Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.
Discussion: TeleRead and The Mac Observer
Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Verizon gaming Google in US wireless auction?  —  Analysis In the battle for the so-called 700-MHz band - a lip-smackingly juicy slice of the US wireless spectrum - somebody just pulled a fast one.  And you can bet it was Verizon, yanking the rug out from under Google and a crazed Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: Bits, broadstuff and Digital Daily
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Small wonder: inside Intel's Silverthorne ultramobile CPU  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In an ISSCC session this morning, Intel disclosed the first microarchitectural details of its forthcoming “Silverthorne” processor for ultramobile devices.  The new chip, which I'll describe in this post …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Little Nokia n82 Camera Phone Loom Large in Video Journalism....Jeff Jarvis has Found his “Mojo”  —  Late last year the Reuters news service began giving its journalists Nokia n82 phones to directly upload video reports to the news service's video pages.  The program is called “Mojo,” standing for Reuters Mobile Journalism.
Discussion: IntoMobile
Africa: Google Starts Recruitment Plan to Up Clout  —  Business Daily (Nairobi)  —  Kui Kinyanjui  —  Internet search company Google Kenya's Nairobi office is searching for five senior executives for its African operations, laying the foundation for a looming market share battle on the continent.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet  —  Ruby on Rails on Rails on Rails on Rails  —  We'll hand it to IBM's researchers.  They think big - really big.  Like holy-crap-what-have-you-done big.  —  The Register has unearthed a research paper that shows IBM working …
Discussion: Digg
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Rejects Hollywood's Call to Aid Piracy Fight
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boing Boing
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Toshiba Adds Penryn-powered Notebooks
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Ubergizmo
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Adobe names new CTO
Discussion: The Register and CNET
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Discussion: Cisco and InfoWorld
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Charles Cooper / CNET
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Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and ABCNEWS
Sarah Lacy / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Wins The Valley. He's The New iPhone
Sarah Lacy / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hey, LinkedIn: Call Your IPO Bankers
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
So Long Flash, and Thanks for the Memory
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft reorg could come next week
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A Bad Month For SEO's Reputation
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