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11:55 PM ET, February 6, 2008

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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.
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.
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 …
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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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: Reuters and New York Times
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco Still Sees 12%-17% LT Growth Rate; But January Orders Weak …
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
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, Groundswell and broadstuff
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.
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.
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: VentureBeat, City Room and Valleywag
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.
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
Guy Yalif / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing all-you-can-eat web hosting  —  From plumbers to accountants, corner markets to day spas, Yahoo! has been proudly helping small businesses succeed online for more than eight years.  Today we're taking our commitment to a new level and doing something we've never seen done before.
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 …
 
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Apple Beats Microsoft and Motorola in 4Q Phone Sales
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Great moments in Dave Winerdom #3
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
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Apple Plugs QuickTime Malware Installation Hole
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
MPAA-opposed college piracy amendment vanishes
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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
BBC:
Holographic displays step closer
Discussion: Slashdot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Get Yer Free Calls While They Last
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!?? I Smell the Blood of a Musician.
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
EA unveils Spielberg's ‘Boom Blox’ for Wii
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ex-Googlers Launch Instructional Video Site Howcast, Raise $8 Million A Round
 

 
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