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4:45 PM 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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Actually, It's Not Quite Over Yet for Yahoo  —  While everyone is putting a fork in Yahoo and calling it done, it might take a bit longer for the troubled Internet company's goose to be fully cooked.  —  Yes, the Yahoo board will be meeting today to formally discuss the Microsoft unsolicited bid of $31 a share.
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
An Open Letter to Steve Ballmer  —  I know you want to make your mark on Microsoft, but you should stop trying to be all things to all people.  Take a tip on focus from that other Steve  —  Dear Steve,  —  Let's talk over this Yahoo! (YHOO) thing before you move ahead.  It's a profoundly bad idea.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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: Techland, Paul Mooney and Portfolio.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
A Radical Option For Yahoo: Out-Open Google  —  Yahoo is between a rock and Google.  As Yahoo's board decides today whether or not to accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion offer to buy the company, we've argued that it really only has two choices: accept the inevitable and go with Microsoft, or outsource search to Google.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Another Reason MSFT Won't Raise YHOO Offer: Capital Research
Discussion: HipMojo.com
CNN:
UPDATE: Clock Is Ticking On Yahoo's Board
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Microsoft-Yahoo: The end game nears; Was there an Amazon-Yahoo deal in the works?
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Update: Dell to Stop Selling AMD-based Inspirons Online  —  Dell says goodbye to AMD-based Inspirons on Dell.com  —  It appears that the AMD-Dell relationship may soon be coming to an end - at least online.  Dell was rumored for years to consider switching to AMD processors for its computers …
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spicu.com:
The look & design of the new Apple Macbook Pro 2008 series  —  The new Macbook Pro is coming the next days!  —  Apples special event is upcoming this month and what everybody expects is the new Macbook Pro that we are all are waiting for!  —  Till now nobody knows how the new Macbook Pro will look like …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Visualizing Social Media Fatigue  —  Our attention is stretched so thin these days that there are times when I have actually tried to register for what I thought was a new service only to realize later that I already had an account — it just got lost in the shuffle.
Discussion: The Social Times
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Andrew Shuttleworth / Andrew Shuttleworth Web HQ:
Social Media Information Flow - The Complexity of the Web 2.0 World
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Is mobile really a sure thing for Google?  —  news analysis Google sees mobile as its future, but the company's success in the mobile realm may not be a slam dunk.  —  With half the world's population soon owning a cell phone, the opportunity to reach more people on the Web via a mobile device is huge.
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us:
Alltop Has All the Tops Stories, and Egos, Covered  —  I was just alerted that I have been included in the Alltop index of top sites on the Web.  Wow, thank you.  It's a pretty incredible group of voices and I'm more than flattered to be included.  —  Introducing Guy Kawasaki's latest startup, Alltop.
Staska / Unwired View:
Blackberry patents: Angled Slider and RIM Multi-Touch technology  —  The information that Blackberry 9000/9100/9900 devices are coming is old news, as well as the speculation that RIM is working on the next generation of consumer friendly Blackberries.  —  The rumors that RIM Blackberry …
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
DLO's Portable Fold-up iPhone Speakers Are Necessary  —  Everyone knows how completely horrible the built-in iPhone speakers are for listening to music or talking on speakerphone, which is why this DLO Portable Speaker for iPhone is totally necessary.  You can carry it around in a little oval pod …
Discussion: Electronista, iLounge and Macworld
 
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Dave Greenfield / Team Think:
Cisco to Combine Google's Android, UC and Enterprise 2.0
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
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The Rise and Fall of the Tech Blogosphere
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Chinese Professor Suing Google And Yahoo For Making Him Disappear …
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Like Apple, Intel Wants to Put the ‘Internet in Your Pocket’
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Out of the box 1.1.3 iPhones now software unlockable
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Seismic Shift To Smartphones