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12:20 PM ET, February 9, 2008


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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Facing Free Software, Microsoft Looks to Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Nearly a quarter-century ago, the mantra “information wants to be free” heralded an era in which news, entertainment and personal communications would flow at no charge over the Internet.  —  Now comes a new rallying cry: software wants to be free.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET
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 …
Zephoria / apophenia:
a google horror story: what happens when you are disappeared  —  Earlier this week, an acquaintance of mine found himself trapped in a Kafka-esque nightmare, a nightmare that should make all of us stop and think.  He wants to remain anonymous so let's call him Bob.  Bob was an early adopter of all things Google.
Erica Ogg / CNET
Nokia turns people into traffic sensors  —  UNION CITY, Calif.—On a cool, overcast morning in the parking lot of a Lowe's hardware store, 100 UC Berkeley students lined up in rows ready to jump into a bevy of idling vehicles.  —  With media and VIPs from companies like Nokia, Navteq …
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
Hiawatha Bray / Boston Globe:
Polaroid shutting 2 Mass. facilities, laying off 150  —  As company exits film business, plants will close in Norwood, Waltham  —  Polaroid Corp., the Massachusetts company that gave the world instant film photography, is shutting down its film manufacturing lines in the state and abandoning …
Associated Press:
Polaroid shutters the Polaroid  —  The photography company long known for its self-developing film cameras moves to focus on printers and digital technology.  —  BOSTON (AP) — Polaroid is dropping the technology it pioneered long before digital photography rendered instant film obsolete to all but a few nostalgia buffs.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Gizmodo and Engadget
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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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Meizu M8 Goes on Sale to Suppliers  —  The much hyped Meizu M8 seems to have gone on sale to suppliers via Alibaba.  The companies listed to be holding stock are Fujian Huaxia Trade Co., Ltd, Samsin Trade Co., Ltd and Fuzhou ZhongTianLi Trade Co among others.
Discussion: Electronista
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft says “sorry” with free Valentine's Zune 80 players  —  Microsoft's special Valentine's Day edition of the Zune (Red Zune 80) is apparently more popular than the company expected.  The Zune Originals creation that was announced just three weeks ago has already been through …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Boy Genius Report
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Does the World Need Another Way to Search?  —  Google's dominance in online search hasn't stopped hundreds of startups from trying to build a better mousetrap.  Each is trying a new twist on search: geography, crowdsourcing, tags, user annotations, learned hierarchies and timelines.
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Politics Driving More Live, Online Video Coverage  —  How super was Super Tuesday for sites covering the primaries with live video? had a banner day, and served 2.7 million video streams and 600,000 live video streams according to Silicon Alley Insider.
Edward Sussman / Fast Company:
The Media is Social  —  How will alter the digital landscape.  —  Fast Company is about to shake things up again.  —  Back in 1995, in our first issue, we announced on our cover: “Computing is Social.”  It became a Fast Company mantra and helped open the eyes of a generation …
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
City Council Forces Forum Offline; Claims Debate Should Take Place At Meetings Only
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Jon Udell:
Mythbusting the ‘Google generation’ report
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Visions of an online music cartel?
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Samsung Sued Over Defective Blu-ray Players
Discussion: CNS
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
EA's CEO: How I Learned To Acquire Developers And Not Screw Them Up
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Chris Soghoian / CNET
The day the wiretaps go dead
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Comscore: Online video traffic surged in December — mostly to YouTube