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4:30 AM ET, February 4, 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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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 …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Why Yahoo should say Yes to MicroSoft  —  One thing about Jerry Yang that I always have admired is that he cares.  He cares about his employees.  He cares about his products.  He cares about his shareholders.  Most of all he cares about building a world class company that can be great at what it does.
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.
New York Times:
Google Works to Torpedo Microsoft Bid for Yahoo  —  Standing between a marriage of Microsoft and Yahoo may be the technology behemoth that has continually outsmarted them: Google.  —  In an unusually aggressive effort to prevent Microsoft from moving forward with its $44.6 billion hostile bid for Yahoo …
Dave / PassingNotes.com:
Dr MicroHoo, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb  —  what in the absolute f**k is this?  elgoog issuing an “official corporate statement regarding microsoft's bid for yahoo”?  is this a joke?  after telling all employees last week to keep their mouths shut????
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google launches its 'let's annoy Microsoft' plan: Pings Yahoo and works regulators  —  Google has reportedly reached out to Yahoo to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid.  And in case that doesn't work Google has already started working policymakers.  —  Simply put, the games have begun (Techmeme).
Matt Asay / The Open Road:   Microsoft is “committed to openness,” snickers its general counsel
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No Super Bowl For Yahoo: Top Brass Weigh Their Limited Options
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft Writes Yahoo: BoomTown Decodes the Letter, So You Don't Have To!
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft and Yahoo! — Stay on Target?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   Fightin' words from Google
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Assails Microsoft's Bid for Yahoo
Discussion: Business Week, Gizmodo and TechCrunch
Nick / Rough Type:
Goliath's slingshot  —  When Google adopted “don't be evil” …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Times of London:
Exclusive interview with Bill Gates on how Yahoo takeover will challenge Google
Discussion: lab:kloud9
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Monkey Boy's three-legged race
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amid Yahoo Turmoil, AOL Makes An Acquisition  —  On Monday AOL will announce the acquisition of San Diego-based Goowy, a startup founded in late 2004 and which launched, incidentally, in my living room in late 2006 (we had a TechCrunch party where Goowy, Meebo, Sphere and other startups launched).
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Industry Standard 2.0: Their Analysis, Your Predictions  —  The Industry Standard—the once high-flying, and then hardest-falling, magazine of the dotcom era—is relaunching today in a public beta, nearly seven years after the original media outlet went bankrupt.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Industry Standard relaunches — as a predictions market  —  After much suspense, media conglomerate IDG has relaunched its brand Industry Standard.  —  This time, Industry Standard is a site that lets you predict the outcome of future events.  It lets you bet virtual money ("Standard $"), and it awards you prizes for doing well.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The Industry Standard returns
Press Association:
Ships did not cut internet cable  —  No ships were present when two marine cables carrying much of the Middle East's internet traffic were severed, Egypt's Ministry of Communications has said, contrary to earlier speculation about the causes of the cut.  —  The ministry had originally stated …
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Slashdot
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Jesse Robbins / O'Reilly Radar:
Cable cuts, conspiracies, and lolsubs...
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Sells Premium Music Service To RhapsodyAmerica; Buys FoxyTunes  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO), which has officially closed down its premium online music service Yahoo Unlimited (we reported on it first here), has sold the service to RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) and MTV JV company Rhapsody America …
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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Yahoo switches music service to Rhapsody
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
The Xbox 360 Elite laptop: Ben Heck strikes again  —  We think it's possible that the time has come to admit that Ben Heck (aka Benjamin Heckendorn) has officially taken it to the limit, put the pedal to the metal, and a large number of other cliches that suggest something has been pushed just about as far as you can take it.
Discussion: Kotaku, technabob and Tech Blog
 
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on the Google Social Graph API
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Janet Rae-Dupree / New York Times:
Eureka! It Really Takes Years of Hard Work
Discussion: Mashable!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Vista SP1 to debut Monday, reports say