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11:55 AM ET, February 8, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Board To Determine Fate Of Company Today  —  Sources have indicated to us that Yahoo has scheduled a special board of directors meeting on Friday to determine, effectively, the fate of the company.  After a week of hectic negotiating, it's clear that no one is going to step …
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New York Post:
YAHOO! PRICE TALKS  —  HOLDERS SQUEEZE M'SOFT  —  Yahoo!'s largest investor met yesterday with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer and other executives in an effort to gauge whether the software giant is willing to increase its already sweet $44.6 billion takeover offer, The Post has learned.
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 …
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
Financial Times:
Softbank says Yahoo Japan holding will not be sold
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Will Yahoo! Feel the Love?
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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.
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George Hotz / On the iPhone:
11246unlock, good enough for the prize  —  OMG NOW supports 1.1.3 TOO.  But use the 112 fls.  —  Full software unlock of 1.1.2; the impossible(or at least I said so) Here it is; instructions are in the package.  I guess I really am becoming a good reverser ;-)  —  Yes, the impossible has been done.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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
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.
New York Times:
Is It Too Late for Yahoo?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the first questions that Jerry Yang and his top lieutenants pondered after he became chief executive of Yahoo last summer was whether the company could remain independent.  They quickly answered yes.  —  But Mr. Yang, who founded Yahoo along …
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Portfolio.com
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
Staska / Unwired View:
Blackberry patents: Angled Slider and RIM Multi-Touch technology  —  The information that Blackberry 9000/9100/9900 devices are coming is old news, as well as the speculation that RIM is working on the next generation of consumer friendly Blackberries.  —  The rumors that RIM Blackberry …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and BlackBerry Cool
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell to Stop Selling AMD-based Systems Online  —  Dell to leave the online realm to Intel processors  —  It appears that the AMD-Dell relationship may soon be coming to an end - at least online.  Dell was rumored for years to consider switching to AMD processors for its computers, but the company constantly denied the rumors.
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 …
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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