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12:45 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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Epicenter
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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:
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.
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Thin is in: Ars Technica reviews the MacBook Air
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacDailyNews
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 …
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 …
Discussion: PC World, MacRumors and VentureBeat
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Sun aims for '09 with Rock boxes
Discussion: Ars Technica
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?!
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.
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).
Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
Thirty minutes with the N-Gage First Access client  —  “Ewan!” cried Rafe, “Nokia have pushed the N-Gage Client out ahead of MWC!”  “I knew they would,” [Yeah, right - Ed] I congratulated myself.  “Time to find out just what they have in store for us...”  —  So it's finally here.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
N-Gage Launches! Almost, Sort of...
Brian Heater / AppScout:
Is News Corp. Looking to Buy Yahoo?  —  Looks like Microsoft isn't the only company with money to burn on an ailing search company.  There's apparently a lot of talk among hedge funds looking to outbid the Redmond company for control over Yahoo!  —  TechCrunch is adding fuel to the fire …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Profy.Com
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B
Discussion: paidContent.org
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices  —  SAN ANTONIO - Beginning next month, AT&T Inc. will raise the price of its most common broadband Internet services in many of the states where it operates, a company spokesman said Monday.  —  The $5-per-month hike will apply in all but the states acquired with the buyout of BellSouth.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TECH.BLORGE.com
Nick / Rough Type:
Who cut the cables?  —  Curiouser and curiouser.  Last Wednesday two undersea communication cables carrying Internet traffic were severed near Alexandria, Egypt, causing widespread outages in Egypt and India that left a reported 100 million people without Net access.
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Simon Lauder / ABC News:
Conspiracy theories emerge after internet cables cut
Discussion: ArabianBusiness.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Google's Social Graph API a Creeping Privacy Violation?  —  I love me some screenscaping and mashups and data portability, but when it comes to personal information things get a little more complicated.  —  I'm in San Francisco today at Dappercamp, an event concerning a tool that's always got …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner  —  When people get a chance to try out Microsoft's Surface touch-screen tabletop computer, they often wish they could take one home.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Monday that the company is trying to speed up that process after getting a lot of demand for a consumer version.
 
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Simon & Schuster, Inc.:
ELINOR HIRSCHHORN NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF DIGITAL …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features
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Amanda McPherson / Open Voices:
Linus Torvalds Interview, Part II
Reuters:
Motorola CEO takes charge of troubled handset unit
Steven Kippel / WesleyTech.com:
Onkyo suspends HD DVD support
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Tribute planned for Microsoft's Jim Gray
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Microsoft Research to Open New Doors for Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.
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Moving In on the Wii  —  A unique motion-based controller …
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
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Website Grader Gives Out Free SEO Tips
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Elite Laptop
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy, Joystiq and DVICE
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
A Lesson in Apple Economics
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft plans new Windows Live, Live search releases
Discussion: LiveSide
InfoWorld:
Yahoo started small and grew fast