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 …
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: More Random Thoughts on ‘Micro-Hoo’
Brij Singh / One More Idea: Microsoft/Yahoo deal is all about Email
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop: What the Microsoft-Yahoo deal might mean for rich Internet applications
Betsy Schiffman / Wired News: Microsoft Bids for Yahoo: Do Two Losers Make a Winner?
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence: Microsoft & Yahoo Network Strengths
John Markoff / New York Times:
Yahoo Deal Is Big, but Is It the Next Big Thing? — SAN FRANCISCO — In moving to buy Yahoo, Microsoft may be firing the final shot of yesterday's war. — That one was over Internet search advertising, a booming category in which both Microsoft and Yahoo were humble and distant also-rans behind Google.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, HipMojo.com, Between the Lines, Paul Mooney, down the avenue and Memex 1.1
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: Why The Yahoo-Microsoft Deal Will Be a Disaster
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: MSFT/YHOO Deal is More About Online Advertising Than Cloud Computing
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Can Private Equity Save Yahoo From Microsoft? Unlikely — Late Friday, we reported that a private equity firm such as Quadrangle Group might be called upon (by Jerry Yang) to act as a white knight and save Yahoo (YHOO) from falling into the clutches of Microsoft (MSFT).
Discussion: HipMojo.com, ZDNet and broadstuff
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com: Why the Yahoo! Sale Price Might Ultimately Settle at $50B
Dawn Kawamoto / ZDNet: FAQ: What's next for Microsoft's Yahoo bid?
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: YAH(B)OOSOFT - LETS GET DOWN TO THE KEY QUESTION HERE
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: Leigh's Blitherings and Slashdot
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings: Eyeballs & In Your Face Marketing: Microsoft 1.0 Step Forward & 2.0 Back
CmdrTaco / Slashdot: Yahoo Bid shows Microsoft on the Ropes
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Meanwhile back at the Yahoo ranch, Flickr Video is coming soon
Meanwhile back at the Yahoo ranch, Flickr Video is coming soon
Discussion: Republic Of Internets, ParisLemon, Silicon Alley Insider, TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
Sachin Balagopalan / Republic Of Internets: Microsoft wants Yahoo!
MG Siegler / ParisLemon: Flickr Video Still ‘Coming Soon’
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider: News Corp Trying to Mount Yahoo Bid (NWS/YHOO)
Nick / Rough Type:
Desperately seeking the “killer best way” — Was Facebook's misbegotten launch of its Beacon advertising service a case of youthful overreaching, or did it indicate a much deeper problem for the young company? — The answer to that question may have become a bit clearer last week when Google announced its quarterly results.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Smalltalk Tidbits …
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants: Seeing it Backwards — Nick Carr is skeptical about Facebook's chances:
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 …
Discussion: Bokardo, O'Reilly Radar, The Last Podcast, ProgrammableWeb and Marc's Voice
Joshua Porter / Bokardo: Why I'm excited about the Google Social Graph API
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar: Social Graph visibility akin to pain reflex
John Musser / ProgrammableWeb: Google's Social Graph API
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice: XFN and FOAF triumphant!
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Do Super Bowl ads work? — Here's a take from an expert on branding on whether Super Bowl ads work. I actually watch the SuperBowl on Tivo, looking only at the ads. Yes, afraid so. It's UnAmerican. — Super Bowl Branding - Do Super Bowl Ads Really Work?
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag: The 10 most memorable tech Super Bowl ads
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Tech issues a no-show at MTV-MySpace candidate event — NEW YORK—Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was the fourth and final presidential candidate to appear at the youth-focused “Closing Arguments” question-and-answer session, co-hosted by MySpace, MTV, and the Associated Press.
Paul Glazowski / Mashable!: MySpace Co-Hosts Debate, Fails To Address Key Concerns Over Tech
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.
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 …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work, Lefsetz Letter, sparkplug 9 and Mike Linksvayer
Lefsetz Letter: Quote Of The Day … Ten years ago I would be railing against the Microsoft/Yahoo merger.
John Koetsier / sparkplug 9: BETTER THAN FREE? — Kevin Kelly, former Wired editor …
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: Hardware 2.0, cdimage.ubuntu.com, Slashdot and Digg
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0: Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” alpha 4
Zonk / Slashdot: Hardy Heron Alpha 4 Released
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
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear: Swedish anti-piracy TV program grossly simplifies issue to scare kids
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.
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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Silicon Alley Insider, paidContent.org and michael parekh on IT
Jackson West / NewTeeVee: WGA, AMPTP Maybe Clear of Internet Hurdle
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider: Strike Settlement: The Writers Cave