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8:05 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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Cut four undersea cables, shame on you, cut a fifth, also shame on you  —  If you're reading Engadget today because your favorite Iranian gadget blog is offline, here's why: a fifth undersea cable has now been reported as cut, responsible for [knocking Iran] and a few other million people mostly off the interwebs.
Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Bad to Worse: Fifth Undersea Cable Cut in Middle East
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Bid for Yahoo Drops To $29.50 a Share  —  As Yahoo waits in vain for other bidders or deal alternatives to emerge, the dissatisfaction of Microsoft investors with the Yahoo bid has reduced the value of Microsoft's offer to $29.50 a share.  —  Why?  — The bid is half-cash / half-stock,
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft shareholders drive down value of Yahoo bid
Discussion: WebProNews and Voices
Electronista:   Yahoo resistance costing Microsoft
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
“BigNews”: Ask's Digg Project Revealed (IACI)  —  Here's the 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.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and Ask News
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Ask launches BigNews, a buzz-based news aggregator with Digg integration
Discussion: and Mashable!
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
Xbox 360 HD DVD Player price drop (now US $129.99)  —  This just in: The Xbox 360 HD DVD Player price has dropped from $179.99 to $129.99 (U.S. MSRP.)  This new price is effective immediately in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Combine the new price with the 5 free HD DVD offer and it's a pretty good deal.
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 …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
AT&T to expand 3G wireless network  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it's expanding its third-generation wireless broadband footprint and completing the upgrade of its network to the fastest 3G technology available.  —  The company is expanding its current 3G network to cover more than 80 additional cities in the U.S. this year.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Pleading, price cuts can't halt Rackspace exodus  —  Rackspace management called Tumblr's David Karp yesterday and pleaded for mercy.  The Web-hosting service even offered to cut bandwidth chargeds from $2 a gigabyte down to 40 cents.  (Other Rackspace customers, take note.)  Didn't work.
Brooke Crothers / Nanotech:
ARM, Samsung agreement may point to future iPhone chips  —  Samsung's ARM chip road map may contain signposts to future iPhone processors.  On Tuesday, ARM Holdings and Samsung Electronics extended their Strategic Long-Term Licensing Agreement, allowing Samsung to retain access to key ARM processor IP.
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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?
Dominic White / Telegraph:
BT stops marketing of Fusion
Discussion: GigaOM and The Register
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Obama loses Silicon Valley to Clinton: Is anyone surprised?
Discussion: City Room and Gawker
Anne Broache / CNET
MPAA-opposed college piracy amendment vanishes
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
This Is Not Our Bubble  —  Back in early October I posted …
Holographic displays step closer
Discussion: Slashdot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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Matthew Broersma / CNET
Canonical distributes Parallels via desktop update
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Register
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wikinvest To Add Unique Comp Data For Stock Research
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint Launches Unlimited Access Plan
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Adobe Ships Silent Fix for Critical PDF Reader Flaw
Discussion: Zero Day and Computerworld
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook to Punish Stupid Applications, Reward Good Ones
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace's San Francisco Debut in Living Color!
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA
Discussion: PC World, CrunchGear, Mashable! and Digg

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