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7:05 PM ET, September 7, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
After the CEO, Yahoo needs to fire its board  —  There is one place Yahoo can easily finish first: the company with the worst and most ineffectual board with the spine of a centipede.  I have not been a fan of Yahoo's board for a long time and nothing really has changed my mind.
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yang Says “Not for Sale”: All-Hands on Yahoo's Slippery Deck!  —  At a prequel for the many VPs of Yahoo to the all-hands meeting for all 13,500 employees of the Silicon Valley Internet giant that is taking place at 11 am, Yahoo co-founder, director and former CEO Jerry Yang told the group the company was “not for sale.”
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:   Here's The Memo Yahoo's Board Sent Employees After Firing Bartz
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:   Announcing Our Offer For Yahoo!
Bloomberg:
HTC Sues Apple Using Patents Obtained From Google Last Week  —  HTC Corp. (2498), Asia's second-biggest maker of smartphones, filed infringement claims against Apple Inc. (AAPL) today, using patents obtained from Google Inc. (GOOG) last week.  —  The nine patents originated with Palm Inc. …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook first half revenue hits $1.6 billion: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's revenue rose to $1.6 billion in 2011's first half, a source with knowledge of its financials told Reuters.  —  Net income in the first half of 2011 came to almost $500 million, according to the source …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:   Report: Facebook Nears $500M Net Income on $1.6B Revenue in First Half of 2011, Mostly Tracking Projections
Phillip Dampier / Stop the Cap!:
Netflix Cracks Down on Sharing: One Stream Per Customer Unless You Pay More  —  Netflix streaming customers who happen to share their account with other family members are having a frustrated Labor Day weekend as Netflix completes implementation of strict new limits on the number of concurrent video streams available for viewing.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix: We're not cracking down on simultaneous streams  —  Netflix is denying charges that it has started to crack down on users streaming to more than one device at any given time.  Rumors of such a crackdown appeared online earlier this week: The blog Stop the Cap! posted a report …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Shocker for Android OEMs: Google document proposes giving Motorola time-to-market advantage to build Android “lead devices”  —  This is the third of three posts today on information gleaned from last night's filings in Oracle v. Google.  I previously blogged about Sun's proposal to create …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle President Safra Catz ready to talk settlement with Google in court — Google wants to send Andy Rubin  —  Shortly before the holiday weekened, Judge William Alsup, the federal judge presiding over Oracle's patent and copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, communicated his inclination to order …
Discussion: CNET News, SlashGear and Electronista
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming out in October or November  —  You can always count on Eric Schmidt to say a bit more than what he's supposed to.  At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Schmidt mentioned-intentionally or not-that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming out sometime in October or November.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Google Docs suffers outage  —  Google productivity apps failed at about 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday.  —  Google's suite of productivity apps under the Google Docs banner (the word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, and drawing app) are suffering an outage as of 2:35 p.m. Pacific Time.
Discussion: @kevinmarks
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Offline Google Docs  —  As promised, Google started to roll out the offline version of Google Docs, but don't expect too much.  Much like the offline Gmail and offline Google Calendar, Google Docs works offline only if you use Chrome and install an app from the Chrome Web Store.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and TechCrunch
Andrew Blum / @ajblum:   Docs are back. I guess the end of the world will come another day. RT @ajblum: Google failures always make me feel like Harold Camping.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” … Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast, many of you need to run multiple operating systems, usually on many different machines.  Not all of us have access to a full suite of labs to house all these machines …
Chadwick Matlin / Fortune:
The “end of TechCrunch”?  It might not be such a bad thing  —  What would the startup scene be like without the blog that currently animates it?  A whole lot better, actually.  —  FORTUNE — At TechCrunch's Disrupt conference earlier this year, Michael Arrington brought Arianna Huffington …
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Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
iPhone 5: First Test Photo?  —  As anyone who follows our regular series of “Test Photo” features knows, we enjoy checking out pictures captured by unreleased phones.  The holy grail of such a pursuit is, of course, tracking down an image from the next iPhone.  And we think that we've found one.
Eric Rosenblum / Google Commerce:
Google Offers Beta in Five More Cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle  —  This summer we've brought you some amazing deals from fantastic businesses in Portland, the Bay Area and New York City with Google Offers beta.  Now, we're expanding to five more areas: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle.
CNET News:
SF Police launch probe into iPhone search  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Police here have launched a probe into the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype conducted by Apple security personnel with the assistance of four plainclothes officers.  —  Lt. Troy Dangerfield told CNET today …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Droid Bionic review  —  The Droid Bionic has been something of a unicorn amongst fans of the Android platform.  The device — announced at CES on January 5th of this year — has had an unnaturally long lead up to launch, punctuated by blips on the radar consisting mostly of rumors and leaked photos.
Discussion: Engadget, BGR, USA Today and Gizmodo
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Forget Wiretapping Laws, Now You Might Be Able To Use Copyright Law To Stop Anyone From Recording You Ever  —  There was a recent ruling in a copyright dispute between Swatch (the watchmakers) and Bloomberg that could have troubling implications concerning wiretapping issues.
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
TiVo Premiere Elite announced: four tuners, 2TB of storage, $499  —  After months of rumors, TiVo's officially announced the new Premiere Elite DVR, a quad-tuner beast that can store up to 300 hours of HD recordings on 2TB of internal storage.  The unit is based on the same TiVo Series4 internals …
Discussion: PC World and TechCrunch
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
2013 Apple Earnings Forecast Raised by 10 Percent  —  Add another chapter to the never-ending Apple growth story.  —  Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has modeled Apple's performance for the 2013 calendar year and come up with some very large numbers indeed: Earnings per share of $40.50 on $164 billion in revenue.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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HP launches cloud services private beta
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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