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8:50 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: The Mac Observer and Valleywag
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
Discussion: Marksonland
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 …
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
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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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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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 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.
Discussion: Insider Chatter
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
 
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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
Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Cisco to Combine Google's Android, UC and Enterprise 2.0
Discussion: VoIP Watch