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3:00 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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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.
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 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
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 …
CNN:   UPDATE: Clock Is Ticking On Yahoo's Board
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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Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
What's Going on with Dell and AMD?  —  Many folks have seen the post on Engadget about changes in Dell's AMD offerings online.  Here's the deal.  —  Dell regularly adjusts its product offerings, and how customers can purchase those products.  Currently the majority of our Inspiron AMD-based systems …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell stops selling AMD-powered machines online
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Ars Technica
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Reuters CEO sees “semantic web” in its future  —  At Money:Tech yesterday, I did an on-stage interview with Devin Wenig, the charismatic CEO-to-be of Reuters (following the still-not completed merger with Thomson).  Devin highlighted what he considers two big trends hitting financial (and other professional) data:
 
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia's N95 successor slips out on web
Discussion: GigaOM
Linux-Watch.com:
Can open source and capitalism co-exist?
Discussion: Open Source
Jerry Brito / The Technology Liberation Front:
TPW 35: Network Management Redux
Discussion: George Ou
comScore:
U.S. Internet Users Viewed 10 Billion Videos Online in Record …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA president “simply musing” about filters on your PC
Discussion: Neowin.net and Mashable!
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 Mashable!
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Office Push Scrutinized
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mustek announces digital photo frame that doubles as an alarm clock and so much more
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
Light Reading:
TWC ‘Starts Over’ in HD
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget HD
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Ustream.tv negotiating $50 million sale to Microsoft
Claudia H Deutsch / Bits:
Kodak Knows a Little About Dying Business Models
John Markoff / New York Times:
Seattle Taps Its Inner Silicon Valley
ChangeWave:
Seismic Shift To Smartphones