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7:40 AM ET, February 1, 2008

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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Social Networking Inventory Not Monetizing As Well As Expected; Trouble At MySpace?  —  Speaking on the company's post-earnings conference call, Google (GOOG) CFO George Reyes said the company has found that “social networking inventory is not monetizing as well as expected,” …
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Yahoo! Finance:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.  —  “We're very pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Are the Markets Getting Too Heavy for Google to Lift?  —  Ever since Google's stock-withering earnings report, I've had the Flaming Lips' “Waiting for a Superman” stuck in my head.  Things are indeed getting heavy, and everyone was waiting for Google to lift the sun into the sky.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Surprise, Surprise, Social Networking Ads Suck  —  One of the questions that came up last week in Edinburgh was whether or not social networking sites were really the big moneymakers they claimed to be.  In the discussion, what we agreed on, was that the social networking sites had done …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth Still Strong, Google Says
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Misses Revs/EPS...and Pulls Out the “Display” Card
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Chatty Zuckerberg Tells All About Facebook Finances  —  Want to know about how privately held Facebook is doing from a financial point of view?  —  Well, just ask Mark Zuckerberg!  —  This afternoon, at an all-hands meeting held in a Palo Alto, Ca. theater near the social networking site's headquarters …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finances Leaked  —  Kara Swisher's elves must have Mark Zuckerberg's number.  Because she is reporting details from an all-hands meeting the Facebook founder held on Thursday for employees that had an open dial-in number, in which he revealed the following financial metrics for the still-private company:
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Makes $45 Billion Bid To Buy Yahoo  —  News just in that Microsoft is to bid $31 per share to Yahoo's board of directors to purchase the company.  Below, more details, some history and analysis.  We'll also keep updating this story, and we'll have a separate post linked from this when the conference call starts.
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Associated Press:
Microsoft bids $44.6 billion for Yahoo  —  REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp. is offering $44.6 billion in cash and stock for search engine operator Yahoo Inc. in a move to boost its competitive edge in the online services market.  —  The unexpected announcement Friday comes as Microsoft …
Discussion: LiveSide and Irregular Enterprise
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  Microsoft just announced what has been rumored forever: a formal offer for Yahoo.  Microsoft's proposal to Yahoo's board of directors represents $31 per share (a 62% premium over yesterday's closing price) or about $44.6 Billion.
Steven A. Ballmer / Microsoft:
Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share  —  Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders …
Chris Liddell / Microsoft:
Media Alert: Press Conference Call to Discuss Microsoft Proposal to Acquire Yahoo! Inc.  —  Conference call to provide press, analysts with details about the proposal.  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 1, 2008 - Microsoft Will Host a Conference Call Today to Discuss its Proposal to Acquire Yahoo! Inc. with:
Discussion: Rev2.org and Silicon Alley Insider
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
As Twitter Service Woes Continue, Japanese Money Looks Likely  —  Twitter dumped Joyent as its hosting provider late yesterday (see our report here) and it was presumed by some that the switch away form Joyent was due to the poor reliability of the service.  We later learnt that Twitter …
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Twitter Blog
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David Young / Joyeur:
Twitter and Joyent: Update  —  By David Young 31 January 08  —  Twitter has been officially off Joyent since 10PM last night.  This may come as a surprise to some after yesterday's posts here and here regarding the two companies working together.  Those of us at Joyent appreciate …
Motorola:
Motorola to Explore Structural and Strategic Realignment of its Businesses to Enhance Shareholder Value  —  Company will evaluate alternatives to accelerate the ability of its Mobile Device Business to recapture growth and profitability in an expanding global market
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Motorola Weighs a Shift in Cellphones
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Motorola Mulls Sale or Spinoff
Discussion: Valleywag and IntoMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Announce Large Video Acquisition—Maven Networks For $150 Million.  —  We've gotten word that Yahoo will make an acquisition announcement of a video startup today or tomorrow.  At first we thought the target might be Metacafe, which was almost acquired by Yahoo just following the Google/YouTube deal in 2006.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
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