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1:45 PM ET, February 6, 2008

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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 …
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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Bid for Yahoo Drops To $29.50 a Share
Discussion: WebProNews
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Adversary Rises Instinctively at Yahoo Bid
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digital Daily
Josh / Redeye VC:
Microsoft/Yahoo - let the exodus begin
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL revenue continues to slide; Who are these 9.3 million AOL access subscribers?  —  AOL's revenue and operating income continued to slide as the parent Time Warner focuses on advertising.  For the fourth quarter, AOL reported operating income of $274 million on revenue of $1.25 billion.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Time Warner To Split AOL Into 2 Parts; Could Reduce Cable Stake; To Cut Corporate Costs 15%; Q4 In Line  —  Time-Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's post-earnings conference call with analyst today that the company plans to divide AOL into two parts, splitting off …
John Oates / The Register:   Time Warner splitting up AOL
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace's San Francisco Debut In Living Color!  —  Last night, BoomTown checked out the new space MySpace is renovating for its soon-to-open San Francisco office.  The occasion was a party the social networking site held for developers as part of its recent platform launch.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Video site Revver shopping itself for a song  —  Revver, a YouTube competitor that made a name for itself by paying video producers, has fallen on hard times.  —  The company's staff has dwindled to less than half the size it was 18 months ago, according to former employees.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Report: Revver Asking For $500,000 to Sell
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 …
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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
AT&T's 2008 plans include 80 new cities with 3G, HSUPA network  —  Kind of makes those New Years resolutions of yours seem a bit silly now, but AT&T has some high hopes for 2008.  While it mulls its own 700MHz options and leaves the C block to the likes of Verizon, the company plans to build …
Discussion: Electronista
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Asma Ali Zain / Khaleej Times:
Cable damage hits 1.7m Internet users in UAE  —  DUBAI — An estimated 1.7 million Internet users in the UAE have been affected by the recent undersea cable damage, an expert said yesterday, quoting recent figures published by TeleGeography, an international research Web site.
Steve Tobak / CNET News.com:
Ten irrelevant technology companies  —  The great corporate graveyard is filled with hundreds, maybe thousands, of technology companies that managed to go public and then fizzled.  Still, most of them weren't going anywhere and never should have gone public to begin with.
Mark Evans:
Could Anyone Buy Google?  —  If you believe the adage that anything is for sale at the right price, does that apply to Google?  —  This scenario - however seemingly implausible - struck me after Microsoft unveiled plans to spend $44.5-billion to acquire Yahoo.
Michael Steen / Financial Times:
KPN unmoved by iPhone  —  Apple's iPhone is “pretty useless” and sales in Germany have not dented new customer numbers for E-Plus, the German mobile unit of KPN, said Ad Scheepbouwer, chief executive of the Dutch telecoms company.  —  However, speaking after KPN reported fourth-quarter results …
Nokia:
Nokia astonished by intention of NRW to attempt to recall subsidies from 1999  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has received information from the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Bank that it and the NRW government plan to attempt to recall subsidies given to the company back in 1999.  —  Nokia is astonished by this.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Latest From Jerry: Stay Focused, Yahoos!  —  Yet another employee letter to Yahoos from CEO Jerry Yang has now become public, thanks to Yahoo being required to file these things with the US Securities & Exchange Commission.  It makes you wonder why Yahoo (and Microsoft) …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Mystery of the Vista-alike Windows 7 build finally solved  —  It was inevitable we suppose, but somebody's finally spilled on the shenanigans behind that “Windows 7 Ultimate” leak from a couple weeks back.  According to JayDog over at TG Daily, who apparently received a version of the infant OS …
Discussion: TG Daily
 
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Apple beats Microsoft, Motorola in Q4 phone sales
Discussion: Computerworld
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
DRM Ignorance is Expensive
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