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4:30 AM ET, February 9, 2008

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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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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: Valleywag and The Mac Observer
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Investor Wants More Microsoft Money
Discussion: Marksonland
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
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.
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
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
louisgray.com:
Warning: Google Reader Congestion of Up to Five Hours  —  Recently, Google's gained a lot of good feeling in the blogosphere for how rapidly they are indexing blog posts as part of their universal search.  But while their search side is getting quicker and quicker, it can sometimes …
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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Andrew Shuttleworth / Andrew Shuttleworth Web HQ:
Social Media Information Flow - The Complexity of the Web 2.0 World
Discussion: The Last Podcast and Library clips
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 …
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 …
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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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Koolwire converts files by e-mail
Associated Press:
‘Wiihab’ uses video games to help patients heal
Discussion: Engadget
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
City Council Forces Forum Offline; Claims Debate Should Take Place At Meetings Only
Jon Udell:
Mythbusting the ‘Google generation’ report
Richard McRoskey / Silicon Alley Insider:
Publisher: Kindle Not Igniting E-Book Sales (AMZN)
Discussion: Gadget Lab, TeleRead and Valleywag
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Ideate This: Dell Takes a Swipe at IBM in Funny Web Video
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Visions of an online music cartel?
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Microsoft to Buy Ustream? No Comment
Discussion: last100, VentureBeat and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Do Not Call Registry extension fast-tracked to the President
Discussion: Gizmodo
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
EA's CEO: How I Learned To Acquire Developers And Not Screw Them Up
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
The day the wiretaps go dead
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft helps nab $900M piracy ring
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Comcast alters its TOS, traffic ‘shaping’ now acknlowedged
Discussion: Electronista, Ars Technica and Digg
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Reuters CEO sees “semantic web” in its future
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is mobile really a sure thing for Google?
Discussion: Insider Chatter