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8:25 AM ET, February 6, 2008


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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
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Yahoo  —  The dust is settling on Microsoft's …
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Cade Metz / The Register:
Potential suitors throw Yahoo! to the wolf
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Helio launches location-based entertainment with Buzzd  —  Helio, the U.S. arm of SK Telecom, is offering location-based entertainment on its cell phones in a partnership with Buzzd.  The Buzzd service delivers editorially-driven reviews of nearby locations.  Here's a link to video and the release is below:
Discussion: 901am and Mashable!
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Helio's new nightlife search site has lofty ambitions  —  Youth-oriented mobile carrier Helio announced Wednesday that it has launched a bar and restaurant search site through a partnership with Buzzd, which also powers the mobile sites for local events and entertainment services like TimeOut New York, and Flavorpill.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Helio And Buzzd Offer Local Entertainment Service  —  US based MVNO Helio has signed a deal with mobile focused entertainment aggregator Buzzd to offer real-time geotargeted information for bars, clubs and restaurants to its user base.  —  The service from Buzzd, available to all Helio customers …
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 …
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: broadstuff, Bits and Digital Daily
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.
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 …
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
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.
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP gives retooled low-end SAN boxes a virtual touch  —  Hewlett-Packard has reworked its low-end storage line to make some new systems more virtualization friendly for SMBs and remote offices.  —  The fresh StorageWorks MSA2000 SAN storage systems will be a direct replacement for the existing MSA1500cs and MSA1510i systems.
Discussion: eWeek
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Pictures: The Black Nokia N82 is official, finally!  —  Available only in the USA, $630.  You can order it online here.  —  The 5 megapixel, xenon flash equipped, GPS, WiFi, HSDPA monster is finally looking a bit more respectable.  —  Update: After adding one into my shopping cart for purchase I was presented with this message:
Ina Fried / CNET
The high cost of e-mail autocomplete  —  I've always been leery of Microsoft Outlook's autocomplete feature.  That's the one that guesses who you want to send the e-mail to by looking at the first few letters you type.  —  It's right most of the time.  —  But with e-mail used to send everything …
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