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11:35 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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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Considers Google Defense  —  Yahoo Inc.'s board of directors discussed its options Friday in the face of Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited offer to buy the Internet company, including an advertising-outsourcing pact with Google Inc., people familiar with the matter said.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Report: Yahoo board talks but makes no decision on Microsoft  —  One week after Microsoft publicly bid to acquire Yahoo, the takeover target's directors held a conference call and still haven't decided what to do, according to The Wall Street Journal.  —  The Yahoo directors discussed outsourcing …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Updates: Another Board Meeting Wednesday: New Banker; Google Outsourcing Discussed  —  More on the Yahoo board meeting discussing the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) offer and other options:  — Kara reports it was not an in-person meeting but on the phone, and that the board will meet again …
Discussion: Financial Times
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Investor Wants More Microsoft Money
Discussion: Marksonland
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
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  —  Online video sites saw more growth in December, according to Comscore, gaining more than 2.5 million unique viewers over November to reach nearly 141 million people in the US.  YouTube once again sucked up the majority …
Assetbar:
Twitter-proxy: Any Interest?  —  The stories of twitter going down frequently don't need repeating here.  Instead, I want to ask the community if there is any interest in addressing the problem.  —  As many are aware, Twitter's problem with scaling is not RoR, it's not [Joyent] NTT, or …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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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.
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.
Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
Publisher: Kindle Not Igniting E-Book Sales (AMZN)  —  We keep hearing that Amazon's Kindle is a hit, and while we're skeptical, we'll play along.  Since Amazon hasn't released statistics on the gadget's sales, we don't have much choice.  —  That said, we wonder: If the Kindle is flying off the shelves …
Discussion: Gadget Lab, TeleRead and Valleywag
Jon Udell:
Mythbusting the ‘Google generation’ report  —  Hugh McGuire recently pointed to a New Scientist blog entry that begins: … The link points to a press release, entitled Pioneering research shows ‘Google Generation’ is a myth, which summarizes a 35-page report in PDF format.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
 
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