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3:35 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:
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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Podcasts Taking Off (Again): eMarketer
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey Blodget, Still Betting On Google $2,000?  —  Google's stock continues its swan dive.  It wasn't that long ago that some bloggers (well, one blogger) were thinking Google could hit $2,000/share.  I scoffed, although to his credit Blodget did say it could take 10-15 years for it to happen.
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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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 …
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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?!
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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Rafe Blandford / All About Symbian:
N-Gage First Access goes live
Paul Miller / Engadget:
16GB iPhone just around the corner?  —  There's been plenty of conjecture (pictured) about a 16GB iPhone — and its mysterious absence from the initial lineup — ever since the 16GB iPod touch graced us all with its minuscule presence, but things are starting to look up.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Newlaunches.com
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Rupert Murdoch: +$900M is better than -$45B  —  Rupert Murdoch confirmed during News Corp.'s analyst call that he was not planning on bidding on Yahoo!  —  No wonder: Google is guaranteeing him $900M via Fox Interactive Media.  Yahoo! used to power those very same text ads via Overture …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Zimbra Releases v5.0 with BlackBerry Support, New Ajax Features  —  Zimbra, an open-source alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server that was acquired by Yahoo this past September, has released version 5.0 of its collaboration suite.  The upgrades are various and wide-reaching …
Virgin Mobile USA:
Virgin Mobile USA Provides Selected Preliminary Results and Guidance for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007  —  WARREN, N.J.  —  Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of wireless services with no annual contracts, announced today selected preliminary subscriber information …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Silicon Valley after a Microsoft/Yahoo merger: a contrarian view  —  This post is not about the potential Microsoft/Yahoo merger.  —  Instead, let's just assume for the moment that Microsoft succeeds in its bid for Yahoo.  —  What would a Microsoft/Yahoo merger mean for startups in Silicon Valley?
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
 
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Alex / FoxyTunes Blog:
FoxyTunes joins Yahoo!
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
Everex posts Cloudbook promo video on YouTube
Discussion: CLUMPC, CrunchGear and Engadget
Jason Fry / Wall Street Journal:
A Mac Ad You'll Never See
Discussion: MacUser
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
Flickr Users Concerned About Possible Microsoft Takeover
Discussion: TechCrunch
Associated Press:
AT&T hikes broadband prices
Discussion: CrunchGear and TECH.BLORGE.com
CNN:
FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping
Discussion: Network World, Techdirt and Digg
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Tribute planned for Microsoft's Jim Gray
Discussion: InfoWorld
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is Google's Social Graph API a Creeping Privacy Violation?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Website Grader Gives Out Free SEO Tips
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed
Discussion: Compiler, Valleywag and CrunchGear
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
A Lesson in Apple Economics
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner