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7:35 AM ET, February 5, 2008

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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders  —  Sometimes change—any change—is good.  —  For a company hobbled by cultural and management problems, a $44.6 billion hostile takeover bidfrom Microsoft may be just the kick in the pants Yahoo needs to rejoin the fight against Google—and potentially Microsoft.
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Brett Arends / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Hang On to Your Yahoo  —  For most investors, there's little reason to wait for a better offer than Microsoft's.  —  Yahoo investors probably can't believe their luck.  —  For years they sat by while their company stumbled.  From mid-2004 until last week their shares slumped by about 40% …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What you all are missing about Google  —  I'm surprised that even Kara Swisher has missed this.  The bloggers are going nuts, once again, over the email that a Google lawyer sent to Microsoft regarding Microsoft's proposed purchase of Yahoo.  —  Here's what's really going on:
Paul Miller / Engadget:
16GB iPhone just around the corner? (updated)  —  There's been plenty of conjecture (pictured) about a 16GB iPhone — and its mysterious absence from the initial lineup — ever since the 16GB iPod touch graced us all with its minuscule presence, but things are starting to look up.
eMarketer:
Heard the Latest About Podcasting?  —  Engagement via headphones.  —  Ever since podcasting was introduced, the question has been the same: Will anyone listen?  —  The answer is definitely “Yes.”  —  eMarketer estimates that the total US podcast audience reached 18.5 million in 2007.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Podcasts Taking Off (Again): eMarketer  —  Some interesting new figures have been released by eMarketer today that shows that podcasts are taking off in both traffic and revenue, and the outlook is even better again.  —  The general view on podcasting is that it had been passed by as video became …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Developer Platform Goes Live (Sorta)  —  MySpace is holding an event in San Francisco tomorrow with 250 application developers to ceremonially launch its application platform...for developers only, that is.  —  Over the next month, developers big and small will have the opportunity …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
MySpace Developer Platform Launches; Levels the Playing Field for App Builders  —  MySpace has just announced the launch of their developer platform, meaning that beginning Tuesday morning you will be able to start building applications for what remains the most popular social network in the world.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Silicon Valley after a Microsoft/Yahoo merger: a contrarian view  —  This post is not about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo merger.  —  Instead, let's just assume for the moment that Microsoft succeeds in its bid for Yahoo.  —  What would a Microsoft/Yahoo merger mean for startups in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: WebProNews and SmoothSpan Blog
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Google: Like A Rock (That Is, Falling Like One)  —  Google has thus far today dropped another 5% of its stock price to drop below the $500 mark for the first time since last August.  Remember, up until the final days in December the stock was still over $700 a share, and it was near the $750 a share level …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Hey Blodget, Still Betting On Google $2,000?
Katie Jacobs Stanton / OpenSocial API Blog:
Our doors are open to OpenSocial developers  —  Arne Roomann-Kurrik, Developer Programs  —  OpenSocial apps will go live to Orkut users in the last week of February.  To launch your app on Orkut you need to have it pass a review by the Orkut Team, so be sure to use these best practices to build a successful app.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Dan Peterson / OpenSocial API Blog:
OpenSocial 0.7: Coming to a user near you
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr's Version Of A Mass Protest  —  Some users aren't happy at the prospect of a Microsoft takeover of Flickr's parent company, Yahoo.  To protest, they do what Flickr users do - upload images.  —  In this case, the images are all anti-Microsoft, and there's some really creative stuff.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:   Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Intel debuts Silverthorne processor; Dragonfire Ring, Dwarfsbane Sword and Elven Might Sling to follow  —  As subnotebooks like the Eee PC and the XO become more and more common (they will), a new market will develop around them and copycat machines.  Intel hopes to be a player in this new market …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Rumor: New MacBook Pros on the way?  —  With Apple's MacBook Air having reached store shelves, it might not be too much longer before the company updates the rest of its notebook lineup.  —  MacRumors notes fresh evidence—of sorts—that Apple is getting ready to launch revamped MacBook Pros in February.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Valleywag reaches new low: makes fun of the death of a mother and son in a plane crash.  —  Valleywag continues to lower it's own pathetic moral benchmark today by making fun of the death of a monther and her child in a plane crash.  What is wrong with you people?!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features  —  Zimbra, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that was acquired by Yahoo this past September, has released version 5.0 of its collaboration suite.  The upgrades are various and wide-reaching …
John Leyden / The Register:
Veracode hunts for backdoors in outsourced code  —  On-demand application security testing firm Veracode has added detection for backdoors and malicious code to its services.  The addition aims to tap into concerns about the integrity of code developed by outsourced contractors.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: Opera Mobile 9.5 redesign is lickity quick, slick
Discussion: Opera and Gizmodo
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Google Stock Freefall Hits New, 172-Day Low
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Web 3.0 is all about rank and recommendation
Alex / FoxyTunes Blog:
FoxyTunes joins Yahoo!
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Everex posts Cloudbook promo video on YouTube
Discussion: CLUMPC, CrunchGear and Engadget
Virgin Mobile USA:
Virgin Mobile USA Provides Selected Preliminary Results and Guidance …
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
Discussion: MacUser
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Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B
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Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices
Discussion: CrunchGear and TECH.BLORGE.com
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Tribute planned for Microsoft's Jim Gray
Discussion: InfoWorld
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Google's Social Graph API a Creeping Privacy Violation?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
A Lesson in Apple Economics