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6:20 AM ET, February 8, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Launches Live Video Service and We Cover it...Live...Sort of  —  The rumored launch of Yahoo!'s live video service became reality tonight at Live.Yahoo.com.  I'm covering it live, in video below.  It looks pretty good though early tests are experiencing scaling issues already.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Live - A Live Streaming Video Service  —  Given all the chaos this week surrounding Microsoft's bid to take over Yahoo, it's not surprising that a new Yahoo product launch wouldn't have an abundance of exuberance attached to it.  Still, the only word anyone got that Yahoo Live …
Michael Quoc / Y! Live Blog:
y!  live - the world is watching  —  We're excited to share with you Yahoo! Live, a new experiment in live video from the Advanced Products team at Yahoo!.  Y! Live was dreamed up as a way to make it possible for anyone to create their own live video experience.  Broadcast the concert you're at.
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! Live ships with API goodness  —  Yes, Yahoo! Live is alive!  Yahoo! Live is an experiment in personal live video broadcasting, brought to you by our Advanced Products team.  —  In parallel with the launch of our site, we're also releasing a set of Web Services and a couple …
Discussion: Mashable!
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo Live was live, now it's dead
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and Joe Duck
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Board To Determine Fate Of Company Today  —  Sources have indicated to us that Yahoo has scheduled a special board of directors meeting on Friday to determine, effectively, the fate of the company.  After a week of hectic negotiating, it's clear that no one is going to step …
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Financial Times:
Softbank says Yahoo Japan holding will not be sold  —  Softbank, the Japanese telecommunications and internet group, yesterday said it had no intention of selling its 41 per cent stake in Yahoo Japan after Microsoft's $41.8bn bid for Yahoo, the US search engine group.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Rumor: Plaxo Sold to Google for $200M?  —  We're hearing rumors that online contact management service Plaxo has accepted a sub-$200 million offer and that the purchasing company is most likely search engine Google.  —  Plaxo has been in the news recently, reportedly hiring a bank to shepherd a sale.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February  —  TUAW has received a tip that the company that does television for Apple's live events and Macworld is apparently hiring for an unannounced Apple event at the end of February.  Keep in mind that this is an unconfirmed rumor — while TUAW trusts our source …
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
German Nokia webmasters leak N96 specifications  —  You don't mess with the Germans, they'll find some way to stab you in the back.  The Nokia N96 specifications have been posted on Nokia's German site and here they are for your pleasure:  — Quadband EDGE  — Dualband HSDPA 850/2100 MHz
Natasha Lomas / CNET News.com:
Top topics ring in Mobile World Congress  —  The 2008 Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona on Monday 11 February and CNET.co.uk and its sister sites will be heading out there to see what's floating the mobile industry's boat this year.  In the spirit of sneak preview …
Discussion: BBC NEWS, The Register and Inc.com
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple sharing directly from FriendFeed  —  A number of you have been clamoring for a simple way to post links and messages directly to FriendFeed without going to another web site.  Now you can!  —  At the top of your FriendFeed, click “Share something,” and you can share a message or a link without leaving the page.
Discussion: ParisLemon and The Last Podcast
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Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed: Ex-Googlers Create Social Network Experience Using Feeds
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Out of the box 1.1.3 iPhones now software unlockable  —  Mr. GEOrge HOTz did it again.  He just loosed a world of hurt on AT&T with a software unlock for 1.1.3 iPhones.  That's right, the software is said to work on any fresh from the Apple store, shrink-wrapped iPhone sporting the latest 1.1.3 firmware and 4.6 bootloader.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PalmAddicts and Gadget Lab
BBC:
Malicious programs hit new high  —  The numbers of malicious programs have reached “epidemic” proportions  —  The number of malicious programs found online has reached an unprecedented high, say security firms.  —  Reports vary but some estimates suggest there were five times as many variants …
ChangeWave:
Seismic Shift To Smartphones  —  ChangeWave survey shows consumers abandoning basic models for advanced RIM and Apple phones  —  Record numbers of consumers are abandoning their basic cell phones for more-advanced models, according to the latest ChangeWave consumer cell phone survey.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Google Properties Breakdown - by Pages  —  I wanted to follow up on a comment I received on my post last week with the Google Properties Breakdown.  Gonçalo asks a great question - whether the ranking changes much if we look at page views rather than visits as websites.
 
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Jay Greene / Business Week:
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InfoWorld:
Antivirus company's Web site downloads ... a virus
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Analyst Thinks Microsoft's Yahoo Bid Is a Bluff - I Think Analyst is Foolish
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Launches in Spanish
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