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1:05 AM ET, February 6, 2008

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Economist:
The Microhoo! hoo-hah  —  Microsoft's controversial bid for Yahoo!  —  THE “last day at work” video circulated by Bill Gates is trying to be funny, but for unintentional laugh-till-you-cry comedy, there is no beating the legendary effort by Mr Gates's chief executive, Steve Ballmer.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and WebProNews
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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Studies Alternatives to Microsoft  —  Yahoo is holding out hope it can avoid Microsoft's bid by way of a possible rival suitor or a tie-up with Google that might allow it to stay independent.  Video
Cade Metz / The Register:
Potential suitors throw Yahoo! to the wolf
Brittany Bohnet / Official Google Blog:
Be part of the Super Tuesday action  —  They don't call it Super Tuesday for nothing!  Today marks an exciting day in the race to the U.S. Presidency: voters in 24 states will choose their party candidates.  This will be the largest number of primaries taking place at one time in the history of the U.S. electoral system.
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Watch Election Returns or Google Maps  —  Super Tuesday Google Maps with Twitter: Just watch this for about five minutes; it's kind of amazing.  And it's global:  —  Amazingly some of the posts are responding to one another.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Teams With Twitter For Super Tuesday Tracking  —  Google has teamed with Twitter to provide a Twitter/ Google mashup for Super Tuesday.  —  Tweets relating to Super Tuesday are overlaid on a Google Map, along with other data including YouChoose '08 videos, Google News election headlines and primary state results.
BBC:
EBay to ban negative seller views  —  Online auction site eBay has said it plans to overhaul its feedback system and will ban sellers from leaving negative comments about buyers.  —  EBay said problems were occurring, and slowing down trade, when buyers left negative comments about sellers who then retaliated with their own views.
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:   eBay to eliminate negative feedback from sellers
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Suggesting Friends?  —  One of my readers just sent me an email about a new feature that he hadn't seen previously.  I haven't seen this feature either.  Apparently there is now a feature that “Suggests a friend to me.”  I'm assuming that if there is a contact …
eWeek:
Google, Yahoo Going After Outlook  —  Google and Yahoo are rolling out Web software on steroids to compete with Outlook, another clue why Microsoft is shelling out $45 billion and going into debt for Yahoo.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Business software units of Yahoo and Google …
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Postini: Will Google REALLY Mean Enterprise Apps Business?
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Facebook featured on new iPhone ad  —  Tonight, Apple released two new iPhone commercials in the standard iPhone-esqe style — Facebook and Cars.  In these two commercials, Apple expounds on features that have already been introduced in older commercials.  This is the first time that Apple …
Discussion: IanSchafer.com and Engadget
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
FCC Approves Sale of Nationwide Spectrum to AT&T  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved the purchase by AT&T of 12MHz of wireless spectrum that covers 60 percent of the U.S.  —  AT&T bought the spectrum from Aloha Spectrum Holdings.  The spectrum, in the highly coveted 700MHz band …
Discussion: CrunchGear and RSS
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:   FCC blesses sale of Aloha's 700MHz spectrum to AT&T
Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Verizon gaming Google in US wireless auction?  —  Analysis In the battle for the so-called 700-MHz band - a lip-smackingly juicy slice of the US wireless spectrum - somebody just pulled a fast one.  And you can bet it was Verizon, yanking the rug out from under Google and a crazed Eric Schmidt.
Discussion: Bits and Digital Daily
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Open access: everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Discussion: InsideGoogle, Engadget Mobile and Digg
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Who cut the cables?  —  Three undersea fiber-optic cables get cut in just one week, and the conspiracy crowd is already convinced this is the prelude to World War III—or at the very least, a United States bombing assault on Iran.  —  Truth be told, I'm not ready to dismiss their paranoia completely.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
Joiku Turns Your S60 Handset into a WiFi Hotspot  —  No, the image to the right isn't from the Blair Witch Project.  It's the logo of mobile developer Joiku, the Finnish team that has finally brought hotspot capabilities to the S60 platform.  Windows Mobile users have had this capability for a while …
Discussion: GigaOM, IntoMobile and Ubergizmo
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cellular-news:
Turning Symbian Smartphones into Mini Wi-fi Hotspots
Discussion: atmaspheric and jkOnTheRun
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reorg could come next week  —  Microsoft is expected to announce organizational changes in the coming days, shaking up some of the leadership in its Windows and Windows Live groups, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.  —  The changes have been in the works for some time …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Small wonder: inside Intel's Silverthorne ultramobile CPU  —  SAN FRANCISCO—In an ISSCC session this morning, Intel disclosed the first microarchitectural details of its forthcoming “Silverthorne” processor for ultramobile devices.  The new chip, which I'll describe in this post …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Christine Monaghan / Apple:
Apple Adds New iPhone & iPod touch Models  —  Apple® today added new models of the iPhone™ and iPod® touch which have double the memory, doubling the amount of music, photos and videos that customers can carry with them wherever they go.  The revolutionary iPhone now comes …
Zach Epstein / The Boy Genius Report:
HTC Magnum Video Surfaces; WTF?!?  —  What you can't tell from the video above is that the guy holding the Magnum is actually 11-inches tall... We're honestly not sure exactly what to make of this, but we have to assume that in reality it's is some sort of crazy internal prototype built to test some new hardware.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM explores 67.1m-core computer for running entire internet  —  Ruby on Rails on Rails on Rails on Rails  —  We'll hand it to IBM's researchers.  They think big - really big.  Like holy-crap-what-have-you-done big.  —  The Register has unearthed a research paper that shows IBM working …
Discussion: Digg
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Crack Chinese Market
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The Grand Theft Auto movie that almost was
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Dell Suit Reveals Lucrative Domain-Name Trade
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Vista SP1 will contain undocumented fixes
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