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11:40 AM ET, February 8, 2008

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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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft-Yahoo: The end game nears; Was there an Amazon-Yahoo deal in the works?  —  Yahoo will reportedly have a special board of directors meeting to discuss Microsoft's $44.6 billion unsolicited bid.  Meanwhile, the game theories abound.  —  According to TechCrunch Yahoo's fate could be decided today.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
New York Post:
YAHOO! PRICE TALKS  —  HOLDERS SQUEEZE M'SOFT  —  Yahoo!'s largest investor met yesterday with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer and other executives in an effort to gauge whether the software giant is willing to increase its already sweet $44.6 billion takeover offer, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Will Yahoo! Feel the Love?
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News.com
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
UStream.tv negotiating $50 million sale to Microsoft  —  Sources tell Valleywag that lifecasting startup UStream.tv is in advanced discussions with Microsoft to acquire UStream for more than $50 million, but there are other companies in the bidding as well.  UStream is currently raising …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Live - A Live Streaming Video Service
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo Live Launches - Online Video, Um, Live
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo Live was live, now it's dead
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 …
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New York Times:
Is It Too Late for Yahoo?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One of the first questions that Jerry Yang and his top lieutenants pondered after he became chief executive of Yahoo last summer was whether the company could remain independent.  They quickly answered yes.  —  But Mr. Yang, who founded Yahoo along …
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Portfolio.com
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
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George Hotz / On the iPhone:
11246unlock, good enough for the prize
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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.
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
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.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Samsung's Soul slider is coming through  —  Samsung just announced their new flagship “Soul” cellphone in the spirit of its Ultra Editions.  Get it?  Spirit Of ULtra, soul?  Yeah.  Anyway, as Sammy's go-to phone for 2008, we're looking at a quad-band GSM phone with 7.2Mbps HSDPA …
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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InfoWorld:
Keep Windows XP until 2009, analysts tell Microsoft
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Dell to Stop Selling AMD-based Systems Online
Discussion: The Tech Report and Engadget
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
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John Leyden / The Register:
Firefox updates, blitzes trio of critical bugs
BBC:
Password pain looks set to ease
InfoWorld:
Microsoft buys 3D company for Virtual Earth
Discussion: TechCrunch and Yahoo! Finance
Economist:
Of cables and conspiracies  —  An online frenzy that seems way out of line
Natasha Lomas / CNET News.com:
Top topics ring in Mobile World Congress
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Simple sharing directly from FriendFeed
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
German Nokia webmasters leak N96 specifications
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February
 

 
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