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7:25 PM ET, February 8, 2008

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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.
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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: Valleywag and The Mac Observer
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.
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.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Yahoo Investor Wants More Microsoft Money
CNN:
UPDATE: Clock Is Ticking On Yahoo's Board
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason MSFT Won't Raise YHOO Offer: Capital Research
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Marksonland
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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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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Comscore: Online video traffic surged in December — mostly to YouTube
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Newsday
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.
Discussion: Digg
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 …
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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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft to Buy Ustream?  No Comment  —  The rumor mill kicked into high gear this morning when Valleywag posted a story saying Ustream was in advanced negotiations to be acquired by Microsoft for $50 million.  Quick calls to Ustream CEO Chuck Wallace and a Microsoft rep got us the standard “We don't comment on rumors.”
Discussion: Valleywag and VentureBeat
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Acquire Ustream.tv For $50 Million?
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 by a good friend 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.
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
EA's CEO: How I Learned To Acquire Developers And Not Screw Them Up  —  LAS VEGAS — Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello is very sorry about what happened to Bullfrog.  And Westwood.  And Origin Systems.  —  ""We at EA blew it, and to a degree I was involved in these things, so I blew it.
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
EarthLink's citywide Wi-Fi biz for sale  —  EarthLink is selling off its municipal Wi-Fi business, the company's CEO said Thursday night during its fourth-quarter 2007 conference call.  No buyer has been found, but the business, which has been drastically scaled back from its original vision, is now officially on the auction block.
 
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Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
Publisher: Kindle Not Igniting E-Book Sales (AMZN)
Discussion: TeleRead and Valleywag
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Ideate This: Dell Takes a Swipe at IBM in Funny Web Video
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Visions of an online music cartel?
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Samsung Sued Over Defective Blu-ray Players
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Do Not Call Registry extension fast-tracked to the President
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Publicis Groupe Data Deal Promises Transparency For $1.5 Billion Online Ad Buys
Discussion: Business Wire
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
The day the wiretaps go dead
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft helps nab $900M piracy ring
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
DLO's Portable Fold-up iPhone Speakers Are Necessary
Discussion: Electronista, iLounge and Macworld
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Comcast alters its TOS, traffic ‘shaping’ now acknlowedged
Discussion: Electronista, Techdirt and Slashdot
Electronista:
Analysts: Microsoft should keep XP until 2009
Discussion: InfoWorld
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
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Cisco to Combine Google's Android, UC and Enterprise 2.0
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Staska / Unwired View:
Blackberry patents: Angled Slider and RIM Multi-Touch technology
 

 
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