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9:00 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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Yahoo  —  The dust is settling on Microsoft's $31 per share offer to acquire Yahoo, and the options left open to the company are fairly well understood at this point.  There will almost certainly be no White Knight or other buyout offer coming to the table - the sorry state of the debt markets is assuring that.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Economist:
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: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
Cade Metz / The Register:
Potential suitors throw Yahoo! to the wolf
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 …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Verizon gaming Google in US wireless auction?
Discussion: broadstuff, Bits and Digital Daily
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!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Helio And Buzzd Offer Local Entertainment Service
Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Crack Chinese Market  —  Two years after Google Inc. began a big push in China, Baidu.com 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.
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
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 …
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 …
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Silicon Valley Donations: Microsoft Loves Hillary; Google, Obama  —  This just in from my Wired.com colleague Megan McCarthy.  —  Microsoft employees support New York senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, while Google and Yahoo staffers are for Illinois senator Barack Obama …
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Adversary Rises Instinctively at Yahoo Bid
Discussion: CrunchGear
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA  —  Apart from The Pirate Bay guys, most tracker administrators are acutely aware of the risks they expose themselves to, and do everything they can to hide in the shadows.  We speak to a tracker owner to find out the kind of measures …
Discussion: Mashable!
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
In CBS Test, Mobile Ads Find Users  —  Pssst, hey you!  There's a cheap latte waiting at the coffee shop on the corner!  —  CBS plans to announce on Wednesday that it is trying one of the first serious experiments with cellphone advertising that is customized for a person's location.
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Earnings: WMG Ups Digital 41 Percent For Quarter; Records Loss In ‘Challenging’ Year  —  Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) digital revenue grew nine percent in the last three months of 2007 to $141 million.  Digital now makes up 14 percent of total group revenue and is up 41 percent over the corresponding 2006 quarter.
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.
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 News.com:
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 …
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0
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Austin Modine / The Register:
HP gives retooled low-end SAN boxes a virtual touch
Discussion: eWeek
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Results for 2007 Full Year and Fourth Quarter
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
Turn your S60 device into a WiFi hotspot!
Bill Ray / The Register:
Turning a Nokia phone into a hotspot
Discussion: JoikuSpot
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
European VC deals hit record low — depressing for startups
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch UK
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Yahoo! and Microsoft: UK perspective
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Notes from tonight's MySpace Developer Platform launch
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Jim Lynch / ExtremeTech:
Steve Jobs Announces the iBook eBook Reader
Discussion: TeleRead and The Mac Observer
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Verizon Rejects Hollywood's Call to Aid Piracy Fight
Discussion: Gizmodo, isen.blog and Boing Boing
Geoff Duncan / Digital Trends:
Toshiba Adds Penryn-powered Notebooks
Discussion: The Mac Observer and Ubergizmo
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet
Discussion: Digg
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN Hits The Wall for the Election
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