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12:40 PM 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: and Paul Mooney
Matt / Peer Pressure:   The Rise and Fall of the Tech Blogosphere
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.
George Hotz / On the iPhone:
11246unlock, good enough for the prize
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  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
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Update: Dell to Stop Selling AMD-based Inspirons Online  —  Dell says goodbye to AMD-based Inspirons on  —  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 …
Dell pulls, but commits to AMD systems  —  Dell has caused a stir in recent hours by pulling some of its AMD-based systems from its online store, creating a concern that the PC builder would switch to Intel-only systems.  With the exception of three systems — the Inspiron 531 desktop …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
ClearChannel begs gov't to help it keep making money by stopping sattelite radio  —  ClearChannel has been working behind the scenes in a rather unsavory way to prevent the XM-Sirius merger from happening.  I know ClearChannel is “evil” because it killed local radio years ago (I ask …
Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
Richard Deverell / BBC Internet Blog:
My CBBC  —  So is the BBC really launching a “Facebook for under 12s” as was claimed by some of the papers last week?  —  Well, the short answer is, no. MyCBBC is not a social networking site.  —  However, what we are planning to launch is a service which will enable children to create a personalised space on the CBBC site.
Discussion: PDA and paidContent
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Chinese Professor Suing Google And Yahoo For Making Him Disappear From Chinese Search  —  We've seen plenty of lawsuits over the years from people who were upset over how Google ranked them in search results, but here's an interesting twist on that idea.  Guo Quan, a professor in China …
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