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11:25 AM ET, February 2, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
News Corp. Scrambles To Bid For Yahoo  —  The rumors keep on rolling around the surprise semi-hostile Microsoft bid for Yahoo this morning.  Sillicon Alley Insider says they've heard that a couple of hedge funds were already preparing their own bids for Yahoo, and were (or perhaps still are) days away from making their move.
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
A Giant Bid That Shows How Tired the Giant Is  —  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  —  This may seem like an odd way to characterize a company that just announced its willingness to plunk down $44.6 billion to make its first hostile takeover ever.  A company that will probably generate …
Bill Burnham / Burnham's Beat:
Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley  —  There's a ton of discussion today about Microsoft's unsolicited bid for Yahoo.  Much of the discussion focuses on whether or not the deal is a good thing for Microsoft, Yahoo or Google's shareholders.  While it's possible it could be a good or bad deal …
Discussion: A VC, Furrier.org and Clickety Clack
Louise Story / New York Times:
Deal That May Create More, Not Less, Competition  —  In most industries, a merger of two major companies would cause everyone else to panic over a decline in competition.  —  But in the case of the online advertising market, advertising and media executives said on Friday that they liked the prospect of a combined Microsoft and Yahoo.
Jim Badenhausen / Yahoo!:
Media Response  —  02-01-08 Yahoo! Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Media Hotline  —  Robinson Lerer & Montgomery for Yahoo! Inc.  —  FAQ: Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Q1.  How is Yahoo! responding to Microsoft's proposal?
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT-YHOO: the Twitterverse edition  —  At Rob's urging, I've put together some of the Twitter posts (no, I will not call them “tweets") that came through my Twitter client this morning related to the Microsoft-Yahoo deal.  Got any others?  Email me.  —  @stuartma: Studebaker buys Edsel.
Discussion: Random Mumblings
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo
Discussion: Digital Daily, Traffick and Reel Pop
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft Is Building a Spaceship Out of Spare Parts
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Google's Investment in AOL Set Stage for MSFT/Yahoo! Merger/Acquisition
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Yahoo! buy would give Microsoft ownership of open source e-mail, projects, code.
Discussion: TeleRead
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo: What Will Stay And What Will Go?  —  While the tech world waits to see whether Yahoo will accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid, Microsoft and Yahoo employees sleep restlessly at the prospect of massive staff cuts if the takeover goes ahead.
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
Bullish About the Web  —  ONLINE ADS: WINNERS AND LOSERS  —  Perhaps because a Jan. 2 report (pdf) by JPMorgan Chase on Internet stocks ran 312 pages, it took a while for many bloggers to digest it.  “Nothing but Net,” written by Imran Khan, a stock analyst, and his team at the investment bank …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Every User Lies  —  Heidi Adkisson notes that features sell products, but the people buying those products often don't use the very features they bought the product for in the first place. … It's interesting that Heidi used the hedge phrase “may be different” when her own study data showed …
Alexander Rose / Long Views:
Decision: Blogs vs. New York Times  —  February 1st, 02008 by Alexander Rose  —  Long Bets has arrived at a decision for Long Bet #2 between blogger Dave Winer and Martin Nisenholtz of the NY Times.  At stake is US$2000.00 plus half the interest that has accrued over the last 5 years in the Farsight Fund …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone takes on semi, lives to tell the tale  —  We though we'd seen it all when it came to creative device destruction — iPod with a bullet: check, exploding laptops: check, everything in a blender: double check — but we've never seen anything spend over an hour on the highway and survive.
Discussion: Tech Blog
BBC:
In pictures: Mobile design competition  —  Royal College of Art students were set the challenge of designing a mobile phone to “outperform, outsmart, and outmanoeuvre everything on the market”.  —  One of three winners in the competition, sponsored by 3, was Vase.
Discussion: textually.org and IntoMobile
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air 1.6Ghz HDD vs 1.8Ghz SSD Benchmarks  —  Many readers are reporting shipments and delivery in our MacBook Air forum.  First impressions and notes of the MacBook Air are being compiled in this thread.  —  Few head to head comparisons between the Solid State Drive (SSD) …
Discussion: Tech Blog, Valleywag and Gizmodo
Underwire / Wired:
Hulu to Stream Super Bowl Commercials After Game  —  With the Super Bowl fast approaching, the big question lingering on (most) everyone's mind isn't who will win, but rather, what will be this year's must-see rewindable moment, a la Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction?
Discussion: last100 and Gadgetell
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to lower power usage of 45nm processors
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Jay Adelson / Digg the Blog:
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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Social Search is Coming
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer To Microsoft Troops: Listen Up, Too
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CNN:
Third undersea Internet cable cut in Mideast
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