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9:50 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
Discussion: I Love Bonnie.net and Gizmodo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Choose Your Own Conspiracy: Undersea Cable Edition
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Ask launches BigNews, a buzz-based news aggregator with Digg integration
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 …
Discussion: VoIP Blog and Mashable!
Reuters:
Cisco posts higher quarterly profit  —  Cisco Systems posted a 7.2 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday as demand for network equipment from telephone companies was steady despite the slowing U.S. economy.  —  The results were in line with Wall Street expectations …
Discussion: The Register
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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
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 …
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.
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Apple Plugs QuickTime Malware Installation Hole  —  The company acknowledges the bug could lead to drive-by malware installations on Windows and Mac machines.  —  Apple has issued a patch for a high-profile vulnerability in its flagship QuickTime media player, acknowledging that the bug …
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.
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 …
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Sun's Schwartz cites MySQL's growth rate as incentive  —  San Francisco - In deciding to buy MySQL last month, Sun was attracted to the open-source database company's very rapid growth rate and its revenue model, Sun President/CEO Jonathan Schwartz said in a keynote presentation Wednesday …
Discussion: Open Source
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.
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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and eWeek
 
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Nintendo patent profers wacky Wii add-ons
Discussion: Engadget and CrunchGear
Jon Udell:
A conversation with Phil Windley about online reputation
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Show Me the Money!  Dealipedia Wants to Unveil Secretive Business Deals
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
A Guide to Billionaire Bloggers - And Some We'd Like to See
Discussion: CNET News.com
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
COO discovered he'd been fired when phone disconnected
Discussion: Engadget and Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL To Split Off Dying Access Subscription Business.  When's That Advertising IPO?
Brooke Crothers / Nanotech:
ARM, Samsung agreement may point to future iPhone chips
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Obama loses Silicon Valley to Clinton: Is anyone surprised?
Discussion: City Room and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Get Yer Free Calls While They Last
Nitin Borwankar / GigaOM:
Data Property Rights, Not Portability
Discussion: Changing Way
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace's San Francisco Debut in Living Color!