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1:35 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:
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, VentureBeat and MacRumors
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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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: Business Week and paidContent.org
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Brian Heater / AppScout:
Is News Corp. Looking to Buy Yahoo?
Discussion: paidContent.org and Profy.Com
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
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.
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?!
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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Zephoria / apophenia:
just because we can, doesn't mean we should
Discussion: Bokardo and The Social Times
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 …
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
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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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
Simon & Schuster, Inc.:
ELINOR HIRSCHHORN NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF DIGITAL …
Ewan Spence / All About Symbian:
Thirty minutes with the N-Gage First Access client
Discussion: Gizmodo and Symbian-Guru.com
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
Discussion: Network World
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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 …
Michael Hara / NVIDIA Press Room:
NVIDIA to Acquire AGEIA Technologies
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Website Grader Gives Out Free SEO Tips
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's Android Is Already Delayed
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
A Lesson in Apple Economics
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wants to bring Surface home sooner