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4:55 PM ET, September 7, 2011

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
After the CEO, Yahoo needs to fire its board  —  There is one place Yahoo can easily finish first: the company with the worst and most ineffectual board with the spine of a centipede.  I have not been a fan of Yahoo's board for a long time and nothing really has changed my mind.
Discussion: Geek News Central and AllThingsD
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yang Says “Not for Sale”: All-Hands on Yahoo's Slippery Deck!  —  At a prequel for the many VPs of Yahoo to the all-hands meeting for all 13,500 employees of the Silicon Valley Internet giant that is taking place at 11 am, Yahoo co-founder, director and former CEO Jerry Yang told the group the company was “not for sale.”
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's The Memo Yahoo's Board Sent Employees After Firing Bartz  —  Last night, Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock fired CEO Carol Bartz over the phone.  —  Then, a little later, Roy and Yahoo's cofounders Jerry Yang and David Filo sent out this email:  —  From: Jerry Yang [redacted]
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:   Announcing Our Offer For Yahoo!
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
My Picks for Yahoo's Next CEO — Maybe Snoop Dogg, Ya Digg?
Discussion: Business Insider
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Bring in the Suits: Yahoo Hiring Strategic Advisers to Plot Next Moves
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Carol Bartz Out at Yahoo; CFO Tim Morse Named Interim CEO
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
iPhone 5: First Test Photo?  —  As anyone who follows our regular series of “Test Photo” features knows, we enjoy checking out pictures captured by unreleased phones.  The holy grail of such a pursuit is, of course, tracking down an image from the next iPhone.  And we think that we've found one.
Phillip Dampier / Stop the Cap!:
Netflix Cracks Down on Sharing: One Stream Per Customer Unless You Pay More  —  Netflix streaming customers who happen to share their account with other family members are having a frustrated Labor Day weekend as Netflix completes implementation of strict new limits on the number of concurrent video streams available for viewing.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix: We're not cracking down on simultaneous streams  —  Netflix is denying charges that it has started to crack down on users streaming to more than one device at any given time.  Rumors of such a crackdown appeared online earlier this week: The blog Stop the Cap! posted a report …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Facebook first half revenue hits $1.6 billion: source  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's revenue rose to $1.6 billion in 2011's first half, a source with knowledge of its financials told Reuters.  —  Net income in the first half of 2011 came to almost $500 million, according to the source …
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Bringing Hyper-V to “Windows 8” … Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, or simply an enthusiast, many of you need to run multiple operating systems, usually on many different machines.  Not all of us have access to a full suite of labs to house all these machines …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
Droid Bionic review  —  The Droid Bionic has been something of a unicorn amongst fans of the Android platform.  The device — announced at CES on January 5th of this year — has had an unnaturally long lead up to launch, punctuated by blips on the radar consisting mostly of rumors and leaked photos.
Discussion: USA Today
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
Verizon Wireless' Motorola DROID BIONIC launches September 8th, $299.99
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Oracle President Safra Catz ready to talk settlement with Google in court — Google wants to send Andy Rubin  —  Shortly before the holiday weekened, Judge William Alsup, the federal judge presiding over Oracle's patent and copyright infringement lawsuit against Google, communicated his inclination to order …
Discussion: CNET News and Electronista
Eric Rosenblum / Google Commerce:
Google Offers Beta in Five More Cities: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle  —  This summer we've brought you some amazing deals from fantastic businesses in Portland, the Bay Area and New York City with Google Offers beta.  Now, we're expanding to five more areas: Austin, Boston, D.C., Denver and Seattle.
Alberto Vildosola / Android and Me:
Eric Schmidt: Ice Cream Sandwich coming out in October or November  —  You can always count on Eric Schmidt to say a bit more than what he's supposed to.  At the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Schmidt mentioned-intentionally or not-that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming out sometime in October or November.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
WAR AT AOL!  (The Tiawanese Animation Version Is Here)  —  Just watch:  —  Please follow SAI: Media on Twitter and Facebook.  —  Join the conversation about this story »  —  See Also:  — AOL SPOKESMAN: Mike Arrington Is No Longer Employed By This Company*
Tim Carmody / Wired:
Amazon's Future Is So Much Bigger Than a Tablet  —  Amazon has swiftly become the most disruptive company in the media and technology industries.  Its potential in this space is simply off the charts: bigger than Apple's, bigger than Google's or Microsoft's.  —  09.06.11 From Epicenter
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
TiVo Premiere Elite announced: four tuners, 2TB of storage, $499  —  After months of rumors, TiVo's officially announced the new Premiere Elite DVR, a quad-tuner beast that can store up to 300 hours of HD recordings on 2TB of internal storage.  The unit is based on the same TiVo Series4 internals …
Discussion: TechCrunch and PC World
Steven Leckart / The Daily:
How a grad student perfected the art of the TOS  —  Gregg Bernstein's eureka moment came the way so many do: while poring over typeface licenses.  —  He was designing for a record label, which required buying fonts and then paging through interminable terms-of- service notices restricting how he could uses his purchases.
Discussion: iLounge, TUAW and Cult of Mac
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
AT&T Unlikely to Avoid Multi-Billion Dollar T-Mobile ‘Break Up’ Fee  —  AT&T could still be forced to pay Deutsche Telekom a termination fee of at least $3 billion, even if U.S. regulators ultimately block AT&T's $39 billion takeover of Deutsche-owned T-Mobile.
Discussion: SlashGear
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Car Price Comparison Company TrueCar Raises $200M+, Gears Up For IPO  —  TrueCar, which publishes real-time vehicle transaction data in the US market for both new and used cars, has secured over $200 million in debt and equity financing to grow the business and explore acquisitions.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP launches cloud services private beta  —  Summary: HP launches private beta for its first two cloud services.  Will enterprise customers bite?  —  HP on Wednesday launched a private beta for its HP Cloud Services effort, which includes both compute and storage.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Tapjoy snags former Playstation marketer as chief marketing officer  —  Tapjoy had a run-in with Apple this spring.  But the mobile monetization firm has recovered and is back on the expansion path.  The latest sign: It's just made a high-profile hire — Peter Dille, a former senior vice president …
The Independent:
.xxx rated: internet's red-light district has arrived  —  The scramble for the adult industry's new dedicated domain name has begun, its American founder tells Nick Clark  —  Stuart Lawley is expecting a gold rush - and xxx marks the spot.  Following a decade-long battle …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Seagate plays the 4TB card with its GoFlex Desk external HDD, shipping now for $250  —  That tangled mess of a backup solution feeling a little cramped?  Yeah, join the crowd.  Seagate's looking to give you a dash of capaciousness — a dash that you could desperately used — with its newest desktop HDD.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
General Assembly Gets Funding From Yuri Milner and Jeff Bezos  —  Ready for some e-book learnin'?  —  When Betabeat first visited General Assembly a few weeks before it opened, co-founder Adam Pritzker told us that the vision was to create an educational space free from the pressures …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple 27" Thunderbolt Displays Shipping to Stores  —  MacRumors has learned that Apple is beginning to ship the new 27" Thunderbolt Display to stores and resellers this week.  This means that customers should be able to see and buy the devices very soon.  We haven't yet heard any news …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, TUAW and O'Grady's PowerPage
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Forget Wiretapping Laws, Now You Might Be Able To Use Copyright Law To Stop Anyone From Recording You Ever
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Local Business Data Provider Locu Raises Seed Round
Mark Lee / Bloomberg:
Google's Internet License for China Renewed Amid Battle for Market Share
Discussion: The Next Web
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
HP approached LG, Samsung about sale of PC business
Discussion: SlashGear and Business Insider
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MPAA's Bogus ‘Piracy’ Numbers Mean It Thinks Downloaders Would Buy 200 More DVDs Per Year
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
U.S. must reveal some cellphone tracking cases: court
Discussion: ZDNet
BostInnovation.com:
9/11 In A Social Media World: How The Times Have Changed
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:sliggity
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How Sweden Dismantled Many Of Its Online Civil Rights At The Orders Of US Content Industries
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Did Wal-Mart Throw A Lawsuit To Get Access To Netflix Customers?
Discussion: Techland
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
The End Is Nigh: Teen Heartthrob Justin Bieber Is A Startup Investor
Discussion: Mark Evans Tech
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Facebook iOS app gets monster update to 3.5