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10:05 AM ET, February 8, 2008


 Top Items: 
Financial Times:
Softbank says Yahoo Japan holding will not be sold  —  Softbank, the Japanese telecommunications and internet group, yesterday said it had no intention of selling its 41 per cent stake in Yahoo Japan after Microsoft's $41.8bn bid for Yahoo, the US search engine group.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft-Yahoo: The end game nears; Was there an Amazon-Yahoo deal in the works?  —  Yahoo will reportedly have a special board of directors meeting to discuss Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid.  Meanwhile, the game theories abound.  —  According to TechCrunch Yahoo's fate could be decided today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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  I'm covering it live, in video below.  It looks pretty good though early tests are experiencing scaling issues already.
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: ProgrammableWeb
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! Live ships with API goodness
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Out of the box 1.1.3 iPhones now software unlockable  —  Mr. GEOrge HOTz did it again.  He just loosed a world of hurt on AT&T with a software unlock for 1.1.3 iPhones.  That's right, the software is said to work on any fresh from the Apple store, shrink-wrapped iPhone sporting the latest 1.1.3 firmware and 4.6 bootloader.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab and PalmAddicts
George Hotz / On the iPhone:
11246unlock, good enough for the prize
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google to buy Plaxo — and a new pal — for $200 million?
Discussion: The Open Road
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Men Behind the Curtain  —  It's a challenge for a journalist coming late to a story like Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo.  I had literally just pressed the SEND key on last week's column when news hit the wire.  What to do?  The way things are structured at PBS I couldn't just pump …
Discussion: Peer Pressure and WebProNews
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.
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Like Apple, Intel Wants to Put the ‘Internet in Your Pocket’  —  Borrowing a phrase that Apple CEO Steve Jobs used when introducing the iPhone last year, Intel wants to put the “internet in your pocket.”  —  For Apple, that meant a top-down, years-long project to create the ultimate consumer fetish object …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
John Leyden / The Register:
Firefox updates, blitzes trio of critical bugs  —  Mozilla pushed out a new update of Firefox on Thursday that fixes ten security vulnerabilities, three of which are deemed critical.  —  The trio of critical patches for Firefox 2...12 variously fix vulnerabilities including web browsing history …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Seattle Taps Its Inner Silicon Valley  —  Many communities dream of becoming the next Silicon Valley.  This one is actually doing it.  —  Stroll through the hip Fremont District and you will sense the Valley vibe.  Google recently opened a research lab here, its second in Microsoft's backyard.
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple sharing directly from FriendFeed  —  A number of you have been clamoring for a simple way to post links and messages directly to FriendFeed without going to another web site.  Now you can!  —  At the top of your FriendFeed, click “Share something,” and you can share a message or a link without leaving the page.
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed: Ex-Googlers Create Social Network Experience Using Feeds
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Soul slider is coming through  —  Samsung just announced their new flagship “Soul” cellphone in the spirit of its Ultra Editions.  Get it?  Spirit Of ULtra, soul?  Yeah.  Anyway, as Sammy's go-to phone for 2008, we're looking at a quad-band GSM phone with 7.2Mbps HSDPA …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and RSS
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Jay Greene / Business Week:
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German Nokia webmasters leak N96 specifications
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Analyst Thinks Microsoft's Yahoo Bid Is a Bluff - I Think Analyst is Foolish
Discussion: CNN and WinExtra
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Launches in Spanish
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become …