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11:05 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
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.
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
UStream.tv negotiating $50 million sale to Microsoft
Discussion: ParisLemon and Mashable!
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo Live Launches - Online Video, Um, Live
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Live - A Live Streaming Video Service
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo Live was live, now it's dead
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  —  OMG NOW supports 1.1.3 TOO.  But use the 112 fls.  —  Full software unlock of 1.1.2; the impossible(or at least I said so) Here it is; instructions are in the package.  I guess I really am becoming a good reverser ;-)  —  Yes, the impossible has been done.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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?
Discussion: Paul Mooney
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.
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.
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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.
cabel.name:
FancyZoom 1.0  —  ...so I fought back the charging Guanaco, immediately hopped on my paraglider, and basically caught the first flight out of Chile — but not without dealing with some cantankerous customs inspectors while drinking a cool glass of chicha.  Really sorry it took so long!
 
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Firefox updates, blitzes trio of critical bugs
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German Nokia webmasters leak N96 specifications
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Quietly Launches Product Ads; Secretly Wants to Become …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Redeye VC
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Apple event the last week of February