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12:00 PM ET, February 4, 2008

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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 …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yang e-mail reaches out to Yahoo employees  —  Wonder what Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang and the company's nonexecutive chairman, Roy Bostock, said to the troops on Friday, after Microsoft launched its unsolicited $44.6 billion bid?  —  Here's the text of the e-mail they sent to employees …
Discussion: Gadgetell and paidContent.org
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to employees: We're looking at other options; Don't get distracted  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang told employees in an email that the company has made “absolutely no decisions” about Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid.  He added that the board is also looking at other strategic alternatives.
Fred / A VC:
How Yahoo! Can Get Out Of The Microsoft Bear Hug  —  Let me start this post by saying that I don't think Microsoft will achieve its goal of obtaining some sort of balance and scale in the search market with an acquisition of Yahoo! If you look at the share of search that Google …
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Hello, Google, can you spell hypocrisy?
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Microsoft-Yahoo: Google ethics and the “monopoly pissing match”
Discussion: broadstuff and AccMan Pro
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Uses Oldest Trick in Book to Counter Microsoft
Discussion: AppScout and David Galbraith
Karl / DSLreports:
Google Aims To Scuttle MS/Yahoo Deal …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Yahoo may consider Google alliance, source says
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Announcing the RTM of Windows Vista SP1  —  Hi, Mike Nash here from the Windows Product Management group at Microsoft.  Today we are excited to announce that we have released Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista to manufacturing (RTM) for our first set of languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese).
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Microsoft:
Media Alert: Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing  —  Client and server operating systems help provide customers with increased efficiency, performance and security.  —  What: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today …
George Ou:
Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 RTM today  —  Microsoft has reached a major milestone today for its Windows Server and Client products.  Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service pack 1 have been released to manufacturing today which means they will soon be available to IT customers and consumers.
Discussion: The Register and eWeek
CNET News.com:
Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 finalized  —  Both products have been “released to manufacturing,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces.  Server 2008 will formally launch on February 27.  —  Yahoo, RealNetworks strike deal on subscription music
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   Official: Vista SP1 released to manufacturing — headed your way... in March
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo axes music service, strikes deal with Rhapsody  —  It's been a tumultuous few days for Yahoo—you know, with that takeover bid from Microsoft—but the company continues to shake things up internally, too.  —  On Monday, the company announced that it will discontinue …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Sells Premium Music Service To RhapsodyAmerica; Buys FoxyTunes
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.
Lance Davis / Reg Developer:
Google Android - a sneak preview  —  What's in it for developers?  —  Google invited developers to its London office for one of three workshops - the others being in Munich and Tel Aviv to spread the word and teach developers how to write for their new OS.
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
The Huffington Post:
News Corp Says “No Yahoo Bid”  —  A News Corp spokesman says it is not putting together a competing bid for Yahoo—which makes sense, given that it can't afford Yahoo.  Time Warner, AT&T, and Comcast, as expected, are not preparing bids.  (And this is good news: A Yahoo combination …
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
CFO: Microsoft likely to go into debt for Yahoo deal  —  Microsoft has historically been renowned for its huge cash holdings, and its ability to avoid going into debt, but the company will probably need to borrow for the first time to help cover the cash portion of its giant Yahoo bid.
 
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