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1:10 AM ET, February 8, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Launches Live Video Service and We Cover it...Live...Sort of  —  The rumored launch of Yahoo!'s live video service became reality tonight at Live.Yahoo.com.  I'm covering it live, in video below.  It looks pretty good though early tests are experiencing scaling issues already.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Live - A Live Streaming Video Service  —  Given all the chaos this week surrounding Microsoft's bid to take over Yahoo, it's not surprising that a new Yahoo product launch wouldn't have an abundance of exuberance attached to it.  Still, the only word anyone got that Yahoo Live …
Discussion: CNET News.com and CenterNetworks
Michael Quoc / Y! Live Blog:
y!  live - the world is watching  —  We're excited to share with you Yahoo! Live, a new experiment in live video from the Advanced Products team at Yahoo!.  Y! Live was dreamed up as a way to make it possible for anyone to create their own live video experience.  Broadcast the concert you're at.
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! Live ships with API goodness  —  Yes, Yahoo! Live is alive!  Yahoo! Live is an experiment in personal live video broadcasting, brought to you by our Advanced Products team.  —  In parallel with the launch of our site, we're also releasing a set of Web Services and a couple …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo Live was live, now it's dead  —  Well, it was fun while it lasted.  Yahoo Live went, er... live earlier this evening, and promptly keeled over and died.  At last check (10:20 p.m. EST), a featured “performer” named JT The Bigga Figga was actually moving on camera …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Yahoo! Live goes live - then dies
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Rumor: Plaxo Sold to Google for $200M?  —  We're hearing rumors that online contact management service Plaxo has accepted a sub-$200 million offer and that the purchasing company is most likely search engine Google.  —  Plaxo has been in the news recently, reportedly hiring a bank to shepherd a sale.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google to buy Plaxo — and a new pal — for $200 million?
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Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February  —  TUAW has received a tip that the company that does television for Apple's live events and Macworld is apparently hiring for an unannounced Apple event at the end of February.  Keep in mind that this is an unconfirmed rumor — while TUAW trusts our source …
Tolles / blog.topix.com:
Welcome to the Neighborhood, Google  —  Gulp.  —  Silicon Valley CEO nightmare right out of central casting, right?  In our case, Google launching a local news product that is targeted down to the ZIP code level, something we've had a lock on since 2004, and one of our clearest differentiators.
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Google News Blog:
All News is Local  —  Something you already know about Google News …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become a Shopping Search Engine.  —  Sometimes I think that Amazon secretly wants to get out of the physical retailing business.  It gets much higher margins from selling digital goods, or from collecting an affiliate fee from any sales it directs to an third-party Amazon Merchant.
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Brian Smith / ComparisonEngines.com:
amazon becomes the largest shopping engine
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Properties Breakdown - by Pages  —  I wanted to follow up on a comment I received on my post last week with the Google Properties Breakdown.  Gonçalo asks a great question - whether the ranking changes much if we look at page views rather than visits as websites.
ChangeWave:
Seismic Shift To Smartphones  —  ChangeWave survey shows consumers abandoning basic models for advanced RIM and Apple phones  —  Record numbers of consumers are abandoning their basic cell phones for more-advanced models, according to the latest ChangeWave consumer cell phone survey.
AppleInsider:
Apple filing depicts Apple TV with iChat widget interface  —  A new and discrete patent filing on the part of Apple Inc. portrays previously undisclosed versions of the company's Apple TV set-top-box software and remote control that make extensive use of widgets to facilitate everything …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Major labels ‘face DoJ antitrust probe’  —  Unlaunched TotalMusic prompts price fixing concern  —  Two major labels have been served notice of a fresh antitrust investigation, a music business newsletter reports today.  MusicAlly's daily Bulletin suggests that the as-yet-unlaunched TotalMusic service …
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed: Ex-Googlers Create Social Network Experience Using Feeds  —  On the most recent episode of ReadWriteTalk, I sat down with Bret Taylor and Paul Buchheit of FriendFeed.  Both have been successful ‘intrapreneurs’ inside of Google.  Buchheit created GMail; while Taylor created Google Maps …
 
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