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1:30 PM ET, February 9, 2008

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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Report: Yahoo to reject Microsoft bid  —  Yahoo's board has decided Microsoft's $31-per-share offer “massively undervalues” the company, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.  Yahoo is expected to formally reject Microsoft's offer, the Journal reported.
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Launches Music Torrent Streaming  —  The popular BitTorrent site Mininova just released a set of new features, including music torrent streaming.  The new music streaming feature uses a Java applet developed by BitLet, which is easy to use and compatible with all Java-enabled browsers.
Discussion: Digg
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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louisgray.com:   AssetBar Proposes Solution to Twitter Scaling Problem
All About Symbian:
Nokia Maps 2.0 hits beta  —  Nokia Maps is approaching the release of its second major version (2.0).  Currently it is in a semi-public beta, so you expect to see a few postings about this around the net in the next few days and weeks.  The new version brings a number of improvements including …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Ministers plan clampdown on ‘unsuitable’ video games  —  A legally enforceable cinema-style classification system is to be introduced for video games in an effort to keep children from playing damaging games unsuitable for their age, the Guardian has learned.
Discussion: Kotaku and GamePolitics.com
Edward Sussman / Fast Company:
The Media is Social  —  How FastCompany.com 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 …
 
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Brad Linder / Eee Site:
DreamBook Light IL1: Yet another sub-$500 mini laptop
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and Engadget
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Politics Driving More Live, Online Video Coverage
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Koolwire converts files by e-mail
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mashable!
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
City Council Forces Forum Offline; Claims Debate Should Take Place At Meetings Only
louisgray.com:
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Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Ideate This: Dell Takes a Swipe at IBM in Funny Web Video
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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