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5:10 PM ET, February 9, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Reject Microsoft Bid  —  Yahoo's board plans to reject Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion offer to acquire the Web giant, a person familiar with the situation says.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Bold Whimper  —  A few well connected reporters said our prediction that Yahoo would make a decision on the Microsoft offer yesterday were off, and that Yahoo would take more time to make it's move.  But it seems that Yahoo did in fact make a decision yesterday.  They will reject Microsoft's offer.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Byte of the Apple
New York Times:
Yahoo Board to Reject Takeover Bid From Microsoft  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo's board of directors plans to reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion hostile bid with a letter Monday saying the offer undervalues Yahoo, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday.  —  The decision to reject the bid …
Discussion: Engadget, BloggingStocks and Slashdot
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
No More Sand for the 98-Pound Weakling of the Web  —  Well, everyone certainly misjudged Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's resolve.  —  While BoomTown maintained from the start that the $31 a share Microsoft has bid for the Internet portal co-founded by Yang was way too cheap and wrote yesterday …
Discussion: New York Times and WebProNews
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.
Megan Davies / Reuters:
Yahoo set to rebuff Microsoft bid
Discussion: Valleywag
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Colossal Strategic Mistake: “We Need to Be in Advertising”  —  We believe the Microsoft Yahoo (MSFT / YHOO) acquisition will be a disaster.  So far, in support of this conclusion, we have cited integration, execution, and operational challenges.  Now it's time to look at the bigger picture.
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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.
Discussion: Mashable! and Paul Mooney
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.
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Read The Wall Street Journal For Free  —  Reading Google News today, I noticed a Wall Street Journal article about the Microsoft-Yahoo deal listed.  I'd just seen that article earlier on Techmeme, when on my work computer, where I read it after having to log-in to the WSJ using my paid subscription.
Discussion: Joe Duck and BoomTown
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: DSLreports, Gizmodo, Engadget and Digg
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Tentative deal reached in writers strike: Guild leaders say it protects writers' future  —  A tentative deal has been reached in the ongoing writers strike.  The only reason why we paid attention to it here was because a primary reason for the strike stemmed from the use of “new media” …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Lost Remote
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:
The Pirate Bay and Filesharers Backed by Swedish Politicians  —  Two weeks ago we reported on Greens EFA launching the pro-filesharing campaign “I Wouldn't Steal”.  With new editorials in Swedish newspapers coinciding with The Pirate Bay's charges, it seems the Green Party is looking to push …
Discussion: DSLreports 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 …
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Mark Jewell / Associated Press:
Polaroid Closing Instant Film Factories
 
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Billboard:
Timbaland Creating Mobile Album For Verizon
Discussion: VentureBeat
The Pirate Bay:
Denmark, first look  —  So what has happened in Denmark now the past days?
Discussion: Slyck and P2P Blog
Brad Linder / Eee Site:
DreamBook Light IL1: Yet another sub-$500 mini laptop
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkkmobile and Gadgetell
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Launches Music Torrent Streaming
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Nokia Maps 2.0 hits beta
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 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Ministers plan clampdown on ‘unsuitable’ video games
Discussion: Kotaku and GamePolitics.com
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Politics Driving More Live, Online Video Coverage
Discussion: Mashable!
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Koolwire converts files by e-mail
Discussion: Rev2.org and Mashable!
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a google horror story: what happens when you are disappeared
 

 
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