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4:10 AM ET, February 3, 2008

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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Microsoft plus Yahoo! Strategic Assets in Email  —  So much of the chatter around Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo! revolves around competition with Google in the online advertising market.  While that is a huge market, one that Google now dominates, and one that Microsoft has a jones for …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Yahoo Offer Is Strategy Shift for Microsoft  —  Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and a global philanthropist, called upon fellow business leaders at the World Economic Forum last week to pursue a kinder form of capitalism.  —  But on Friday, the brand of capitalism practiced …
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The internet is the social network  —  Google has released a social-graph API, which in theory — though, unfortunately, not in practice — is what the internet is all about: relationships and connections.  —  I've said it before: … So with its social-graph API, is Google trying to become …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Data Visualization Google Gadgets  —  Last year, Google acquired a data visualization technology from Gapminder, a Swedish non-profit organization.  Gapminder's technology, Trendalyzer, was used to visualize data from United Nations Common Database in an intuitive way.
confused of calcutta:
“Interesting, but of no commercial value”: The problem with emerging social media tools: A Saturday Evening Post  —  I can remember a time when people thought e-mail was a complete waste of time.  I can remember a time when spreadsheets and storyboarding software were similarly disdained.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Sweden Warns Kids Against The Pirate Bay  —  The majority of Swedish children between the ages of 8 and 14, admit that they download copyrighted music and videos on a regular basis.  “Lilla Aktuellt” - a kids news show on Swedish national television - recently discussed this topic …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Digg
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Pirate Bay Says It Can't Be Sunk, Servers Scattered Worldwide
Discussion: TechSpot News
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Deal to End Writers' Strike May Be Near  —  LOS ANGELES — Informal talks between representatives of Hollywood's striking writers and production companies have eliminated the major roadblocks to a new contract, which could lead to a tentative agreement as early as next week …
The Technium:
Better Than Free  —  The internet is a copy machine.  At its most foundational level, it copies every action, every character, every thought we make while we ride upon it.  In order to send a message from one corner of the internet to another, the protocols of communication demand …
Skrentablog:
The peanut butter jar is empty  —  I was rooting for Jerry Yang.  Tech founder returns to helm to take over.  That's a story I have to get behind.  —  But it never seemed to me like he was fully in charge.  I wonder how many stakeholders Consensus had over there in the top suite.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch  —  [With apologies in advance to Martin Nisenholtz, who I believe is genuinely fighting the good fight, and who will no doubt end up with a great job at some fine Internet company.]  —  The hiring of Bill Kristol was the last straw.  —  I can't take it anymore.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots  —  HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item?  —  If the answer is “too often,” a San Francisco company …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) alpha 4  —  Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 4 was officially released today and is now available for testing.  This alpha offers an early look at some of the features that will be included in the final 8.04 release, which is scheduled for April.
Discussion: cdimage.ubuntu.com, Slashdot and Digg
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Miro, a nonprofit Web TV player with big ideals, launches co-branding service  —  Web video may seem like a tough field for any company to enter, much less a nonprofit.  —  But the Participatory Culture Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, says its Miro video player can play RSS-enabled videos hosted anywhere …
Discussion: Mashable!
Darren Murph / Engadget:
WiFi trial comes to San Francisco's BART trains  —  Merely hours after hearing that a contactless payment trial was going live on San Francisco's BART, along comes word that a test of a slightly different nature was also underway on the very same public transportation system.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Weblogs, Inc. Co-Founder Brian Alvey To Launch Crowd Fusion
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BBC's iPlayer adds support for Firefox
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Sue Chang / MarketWatch:
House panel holding Feb. 8 Microsoft-Yahoo hearing: report
Discussion: Mashable!
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ED#77 : Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Out Next Week!
KathrynV / DSLreports:
Spectrum Auction: $18 Billion and Beyond …
Discussion: RCR Wireless News