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7:50 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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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 …
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.
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????
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
No Super Bowl For Yahoo: Top Brass Weigh Their Limited Options
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Microsoft Writes Yahoo: BoomTown Decodes the Letter, So You Don't Have To!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can Google Still Claim To Be David To Microsoft's Goliath? No.
Discussion: WinExtra
BBC:
Chips pass two billion milestone  —  The first chip to pack more than two billion transistors has been launched by silicon giant Intel.  —  The quad-core chip, known as Tukwila, is designed for high-end servers rather than personal computers.  —  It operates at speeds of up to 2Ghz, the equivalent of a standard PC chip.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Intel launching Tukwila: world's first 2 billion transistor chip  —  We first head of Intel's quad-core Tukwila back in 2006.  Now, it's launching at the International Solid State Circuits Conference.  Expected to arrive in the second half of the year, the 2GHz Itanium processor packs in more than 2 billion transistors.
Discussion: George Ou, ZDNet.com.au and WinBeta
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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Reuters:
Yahoo says Rhapsody will handle its digital music
Discussion: Coolfer
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.
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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).
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
BBC:
Overhaul of net addresses begins  —  The first big steps on the road to overhauling the net's core addressing system have been taken.  —  On Monday the master address books for the net are being updated to include records prepared in a new format known as IP version 6.
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Microsoft Adds Research Lab in East as Others Cut Back  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As other high-tech companies cut back on their research labs, Microsoft continues to increase its ranks of free-rein thinkers.  —  The company, which has research labs in Redmond, Wash.; Beijing; Cambridge, England …
Discussion: Memex 1.1
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?  —  STYLES make fights — or so goes the boxing cliché.  In 2008, they make presidential campaigns, too.  —  This is especially true for the two remaining Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  Reporters covering the candidates have already resorted …
Discussion: Cult of Mac, TechCrunch and Mashable!
 
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Charles Hudson / Charles Hudson's Weblog:
Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
The Future of We Media  —  Many of us are joining the ranks …
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Microsoft, Yahoo! and the Effect on OpenID
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