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5:10 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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actually, It's Not Quite Over Yet for Yahoo  —  While everyone is putting a fork in Yahoo and calling it done, it might take a bit longer for the troubled Internet company's goose to be fully cooked.  —  Yes, the Yahoo board will be meeting today to formally discuss the Microsoft unsolicited bid of $31 a share.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
An Open Letter to Steve Ballmer  —  I know you want to make your mark on Microsoft, but you should stop trying to be all things to all people.  Take a tip on focus from that other Steve  —  Dear Steve,  —  Let's talk over this Yahoo! (YHOO) thing before you move ahead.  It's a profoundly bad idea.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Yahoo! Finance
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: Techland, Paul Mooney and Portfolio.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Radical Option For Yahoo: Out-Open Google  —  Yahoo is between a rock and Google.  As Yahoo's board decides today whether or not to accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion offer to buy the company, we've argued that it really only has two choices: accept the inevitable and go with Microsoft, or outsource search to Google.
CNN:
UPDATE: Clock Is Ticking On Yahoo's Board
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Investor Wants More Microsoft Money
Discussion: InfoWorld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason MSFT Won't Raise YHOO Offer: Capital Research
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Update: Dell to Stop Selling AMD-based Inspirons Online  —  Dell says goodbye to AMD-based Inspirons on Dell.com  —  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 …
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spicu.com:
The look & design of the new Apple Macbook Pro 2008 series  —  The new Macbook Pro is coming the next days!  —  Apples special event is upcoming this month and what everybody expects is the new Macbook Pro that we are all are waiting for!  —  Till now nobody knows how the new Macbook Pro will look like …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Visualizing Social Media Fatigue  —  Our attention is stretched so thin these days that there are times when I have actually tried to register for what I thought was a new service only to realize later that I already had an account — it just got lost in the shuffle.
Discussion: The Social Times
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Andrew Shuttleworth / Andrew Shuttleworth Web HQ:
Social Media Information Flow - The Complexity of the Web 2.0 World
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is mobile really a sure thing for Google?  —  news analysis Google sees mobile as its future, but the company's success in the mobile realm may not be a slam dunk.  —  With half the world's population soon owning a cell phone, the opportunity to reach more people on the Web via a mobile device is huge.
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us:
Alltop Has All the Tops Stories, and Egos, Covered  —  I was just alerted that I have been included in the Alltop index of top sites on the Web.  Wow, thank you.  It's a pretty incredible group of voices and I'm more than flattered to be included.  —  Introducing Guy Kawasaki's latest startup, Alltop.
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Red Hat/Cygnus record run lost amid Sun/MySQL billion-dollar hoopla  —  Eight-plus years is an eternity in the technology industry, yet that is how long it has taken for Sun's recent billion-dollar acquisition of MySQL to supplant Red Hat's $675 million purchase of Cygnus back in 1999 as the most valuable deal in open source annals.
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Linux-Watch.com:
Can open source and capitalism co-exist?
Discussion: Open Source
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
Report: DOJ Investigating Universal's Total Music  —  Did Steve Jobs distribute a few iPhones to the Department of Justice?  —  The DOJ has reportedly launched an investigation into Total Music, an iTunes rival from Universal Music Group that has yet to launch.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
TorrentFreedom Offers 100% Anonymous and Unrestricted BitTorrent  —  With a militant style more associated with the crew of The Pirate Bay, TorrentFreedom promises to put the user back in control, by offering a new BitTorrent-optimized, zero-logging, 100% anonymous VPN service, guaranteed to punch a hole through throttling ISPs.
comScore:
U.S. Internet Users Viewed 10 Billion Videos Online in Record-Breaking Month of December, According to comScore Video Metrix  —  Writer's Strike May be Contributing to Surge in Online Video Viewing Activity  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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 …
 
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Brian Morrissey / Adweek:
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
EFF and chums sue Feds over border laptop inspections
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Comcast alters its TOS, traffic ‘shaping’ now acknlowedged
Discussion: Electronista, Techdirt and Slashdot
James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia's N95 successor slips out on web
Discussion: GigaOM
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Reuters CEO sees “semantic web” in its future
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA president “simply musing” about filters on your PC
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Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Cisco to Combine Google's Android, UC and Enterprise 2.0
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
House Approves Bill To Require Universities To Offer Students Music Services
Discussion: CNET News.com and p2pnet
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Office Push Scrutinized
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
ClearChannel begs gov't to help it keep making money by stopping sattelite radio
Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
Matt / Peer Pressure:
The Rise and Fall of the Tech Blogosphere
Discussion: broadstuff
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Like Apple, Intel Wants to Put the ‘Internet in Your Pocket’
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Out of the box 1.1.3 iPhones now software unlockable
 

 
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