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10:20 PM ET, February 4, 2008

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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:
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Reaches Out to Yahoo  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt offered Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang help in any effort to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion bid.  Though regulatory concerns make a bid by Google unlikely, it could play a role in bids by others.
Fred / A VC:
How Yahoo! Can Get Out Of The Microsoft Bear Hug
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Microsoft bid is better than stagnating, say Yahoo insiders
Discussion: Epicenter
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Google Could Keep Yahoo From Microsoft
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).
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
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 …
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 …
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Joshua Porter / Bokardo:
The danger of social markers made public (more on the Social Graph API)
Discussion: apophenia
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.
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.
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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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
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 …
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping  —  CLARKSBURG, West Virginia (CNN) — The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists.
Discussion: Network World
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 …
 
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Amanda McPherson / Open Voices:
Linus Torvalds Interview, Part II
Discussion: Open Source
Reuters:
Motorola CEO takes charge of troubled handset unit
Steven Kippel / WesleyTech.com:
Onkyo suspends HD DVD support
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
N-Gage Launches! Almost, Sort of...
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Tribute planned for Microsoft's Jim Gray
Discussion: InfoWorld
Microsoft:
Microsoft Research to Open New Doors for Scientists in Cambridge, Mass.
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Moving In on the Wii  —  A unique motion-based controller …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Go Nintendo and DVICE
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
A Lesson in Apple Economics
InfoWorld:
Yahoo started small and grew fast
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Facebook, MySpace image uploaders vulnerable to attack
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews.net:
Google Delays Android SDK; May Give Developers More Time To Be Distracted By iPhone
AlexB / yourminis:
Goowy acquired by AOL!