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3:55 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.
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Radical Option For Yahoo: Out-Open Google
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
CNN:   UPDATE: Clock Is Ticking On Yahoo's Board
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason MSFT Won't Raise YHOO Offer: Capital Research
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Microsoft-Yahoo: The end game nears; Was there an Amazon-Yahoo deal in the works?
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 …
Simon Kerbel / Download Squad:
Dell removing AMD-based computer systems from online store?
Discussion: eWeek and CNET
Tony Smith / The Register:
Dell ‘committed’ to AMD despite consumer kit shift to retail
Discussion: Engadget and Wall Street Journal
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
Andrew Shuttleworth / Andrew Shuttleworth Web HQ:
Social Media Information Flow - The Complexity of the Web 2.0 World
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 …
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Firefox updates, blitzes trio of critical bugs  —  Mozilla pushed out a new update of Firefox on Thursday that fixes ten security vulnerabilities, three of which are deemed critical.  —  The trio of critical patches for Firefox 2...12 variously fix vulnerabilities including web browsing history …
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 …
Brian Solis /
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.
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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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia's N95 successor slips out on web
Discussion: GigaOM
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U.S. Internet Users Viewed 10 Billion Videos Online in Record …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA president “simply musing” about filters on your PC
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Cisco to Combine Google's Android, UC and Enterprise 2.0
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: CNET and p2pnet
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: Orbitcast and Engadget
Matt / Peer Pressure:
The Rise and Fall of the Tech Blogosphere
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Chinese Professor Suing Google And Yahoo For Making Him Disappear …
Discussion: Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Out of the box 1.1.3 iPhones now software unlockable
Seismic Shift To Smartphones