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11:25 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.
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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: Gizmodo, PalmAddicts 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
AssetBar Proposes Solution to Twitter Scaling Problem  —  While I've previously talked about AssetBar's capabilities as a next-generation social RSS feed reader, expected to open to the public soon, the secret sauce behind AssetBar's efforts is a distributed database system that eliminates …
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 …
Josh Lowensohn /
Koolwire converts files by e-mail  —  If you're away from your home computer and need to open a file on a foreign computer that doesn't have the program installed, there are a few options.  For one, Gmail converts several file types so they can be viewed right in the browser, including PDF, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office documents.
Discussion: and Mashable!
Jon Udell:
Mythbusting the ‘Google generation’ report  —  Hugh McGuire recently pointed to a New Scientist blog entry that begins: … The link points to a press release, entitled Pioneering research shows ‘Google Generation’ is a myth, which summarizes a 35-page report in PDF format.
Discussion: Jeremy Zawodny's blog
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 …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
City Council Forces Forum Offline; Claims Debate Should Take Place At Meetings Only
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET
Visions of an online music cartel?
Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Samsung Sued Over Defective Blu-ray Players
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Do Not Call Registry extension fast-tracked to the President
Discussion: Gizmodo
David Kaplan /
Publicis Groupe Data Deal Promises Transparency For $1.5 Billion Online Ad Buys
Discussion: Business Wire
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
EA's CEO: How I Learned To Acquire Developers And Not Screw Them Up
Discussion: Ubergizmo
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Soghoian / CNET
The day the wiretaps go dead
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft helps nab $900M piracy ring
Discussion: CNET
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Comscore: Online video traffic surged in December — mostly to YouTube
Wired 1.1: An Archaeology  —  Wired magazine turns 15 years old this month.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
DLO's Portable Fold-up iPhone Speakers Are Necessary
Discussion: Engadget, iLounge and Electronista
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