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8:30 PM ET, February 3, 2008

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Official Google Blog:
Yahoo! and the future of the Internet  —  The openness of the Internet is what made Google — and Yahoo! — possible.  A good idea that users find useful spreads quickly.  Businesses can be created around the idea.  Users benefit from constant innovation.  It's what makes the Internet such an exciting place.
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Microsoft:
Statement from Brad Smith, General Counsel, Microsoft  —  The combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.  The alternative scenarios only lead to less competition on the Internet.
Discussion: Mashable!
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo may consider Google alliance, source says  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc would consider a business alliance with Google Inc as one way to rebuff a $44.6 billion takeover proposal by Microsoft, a source familiar with Yahoo's strategy said on Sunday.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Webware.com
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo Inc. CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to thwart Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, say people familiar with the matter.  —  The approach Friday from Google …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Raises “Troubling Questions” Says Google  —  Google has posted a missive on Microsoft's attempted takeover of Yahoo where it cries wolf against the deal based on (I'm serious here) competition grounds.  —  David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer at Google writes:
Discussion: CNET News.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Assails Microsoft's Bid for Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google said Sunday that Microsoft's proposed $44.6 billion takeover of Yahoo could pose a number of potential threats to competition that need to be examined by policymakers around the world.  —  Google said in a blog post …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can Google Still Claim To Be David To Microsoft's Goliath?  No.  —  Google finally went on the record today regarding the proposed Microsoft/Yahoo deal.  —  In short, they don't like the idea of Microsoft and Yahoo being one company.  They think it raises “troubling questions” and threatens …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Responds to MicroHOO
Nick / Rough Type:   Goliath's slingshot  —  When Google adopted “don't be evil” …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Google: MSFT Bid Raises ‘Troubling Questions’; Openness Mantra Again …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why The Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Will Be a Disaster  —  We've poked fun at Yahoo's efforts to pretend that it's in control of this Microsoft process, and we've argued that the transaction is pretty much a done deal.  One thing we want to be clear about, however: Yahoo is smart to search for alternatives …
Discussion: Threat Chaos and HipMojo.com
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Monkey Boy's three-legged race  —  The Borg-Yahoo merger won't work.  Here's why.  It's like taking the two guys who finished second and third in a 100-yard dash and tying their legs together and asking for a rematch, believing that now they'll run faster.
Times of London:
Exclusive interview with Bill Gates on how Yahoo takeover will challenge Google  —  Bill Gates's audacious move on Yahoo challenges Google.  In an exclusive interview, he outlines his thinking  —  FOR a man harbouring a big secret, Bill Gates was looking pretty relaxed last week.
Discussion: lab:kloud9
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Writes Yahoo: BoomTown Decodes the Letter, So You Don't Have To!  —  As a continuing public service, BoomTown translates the letter that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent to Yahoo's Board of Directors last week, informing them of the software giant's unsolicited offer to buy the troubled Internet portal for $31 a share.
Louise Story / Bits:
Microsoft's Inner Thoughts on Online Advertising  —  Have you been wondering what had been going through the heads of Microsoft executives as they prepared to make the bid for Yahoo?  —  In December, I got my hands on three confidential documents that Microsoft used in its lobbying …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Dear Jerry and Steve... Here's the Answer
Your Favorite Blogger / Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on the Google Social Graph API  —  On Friday of last week, brad Fitzpatrick posted an entry on the Google code blog entitled URLs are People, Too where he wrote … I talked to Dewitt Clinton, Kevin Marks and Brad Fitzpatrick about this API at the O'Reilly Social Graph FOO Camp and I think it is very interesting.
Discussion: Googling Google and Adactio
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
Why I'm excited about the Google Social Graph API
Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
Cable cuts, conspiracies, and lolsubs...  It is 3AM at Social Graph Foo Camp and it seems conversations about data portability and authentication will continue until breakfast.  As I was leaving to find my sleeping bag, several people insisted that sharing conspiracy theories …
 
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