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8:55 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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo Live was live, now it's dead  —  Update:  —  Valleywag is reporting that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Ustream, a Yahoo Live competitor, for $50-million or so — which MG Siegler at ParisLemon notes doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense.  As for Yahoo Live, it is now apparently …
Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! Live ships with API goodness
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
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 and BloggingStocks
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.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google to buy Plaxo — and a new pal — for $200 million?
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, Gadget Lab and PalmAddicts
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Like Apple, Intel Wants to Put the ‘Internet in Your Pocket’  —  Borrowing a phrase that Apple CEO Steve Jobs used when introducing the iPhone last year, Intel wants to put the “internet in your pocket.”  —  For Apple, that meant a top-down, years-long project to create the ultimate consumer fetish object …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The Men Behind the Curtain  —  It's a challenge for a journalist coming late to a story like Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Yahoo.  I had literally just pressed the SEND key on last week's column when news hit the wire.  What to do?  The way things are structured at PBS I couldn't just pump …
Discussion: WebProNews and Peer Pressure
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.
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 …
InfoWorld:
Microsoft buys 3D company for Virtual Earth  —  Microsoft has bought Caligari, a developer of 3D modeling software, in a move that could help enrich the graphics experience in Microsoft's Virtual Earth mapping system.  —  Caligari started making 3D modeling and animation software for the Amiga computer in the mid-1980s.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Buys Caligari To Pimp Up Virtual Earth
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
Sean Ammirati / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed: Ex-Googlers Create Social Network Experience Using Feeds  —  On the most recent episode of ReadWriteTalk, I sat down with Bret Taylor and Paul Buchheit of FriendFeed.  Both have been successful ‘intrapreneurs’ inside of Google.  Buchheit created GMail; while Taylor created Google Maps …
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Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple sharing directly from FriendFeed
Discussion: ParisLemon and The Last Podcast
John Markoff / New York Times:
Seattle Taps Its Inner Silicon Valley  —  Many communities dream of becoming the next Silicon Valley.  This one is actually doing it.  —  Stroll through the hip Fremont District and you will sense the Valley vibe.  Google recently opened a research lab here, its second in Microsoft's backyard.
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Soul slider is coming through
Discussion: Gizmodo and InfoWorld
Economist:
Of cables and conspiracies  —  An online frenzy that seems way out of line
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Appeals court: First Amendment protects forum trolls too
Discussion: TechCrunch and RSS
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
FCC wireless auction nearing $20 billion
Natasha Lomas / CNET News.com:
Top topics ring in Mobile World Congress
BBC:
Malicious programs hit new high
Claudia H Deutsch / Bits:
Kodak Knows a Little About Dying Business Models
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Analyst Thinks Microsoft's Yahoo Bid Is a Bluff - I Think Analyst is Foolish
Discussion: CNN and WinExtra
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Facebook Launches in Spanish
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Spammers' bot cracks Microsoft's CAPTCHA
Discussion: WinBeta
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Some won't have to wait until March for Vista SP1, after all
James Sherwood / The Register:
HTC Vista UMPC to hit the UK within weeks
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Major labels ‘face DoJ antitrust probe’
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