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12:00 AM ET, April 5, 2007

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Fred Vogelstein / Wired News:
How Yahoo Blew It … Terry Semel was pissed.  The Yahoo CEO had offered to buy Google for roughly $3 billion, but the young Internet search firm wasn't interested.  Once upon a time, Google's founders had come to Yahoo for an infusion of cash; now they were turning up their noses …
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Alpha - Google Custom Search Engine Gets a Competitor  —  Yahoo!7 is about to release version 1.0 of Yahoo! Alpha beta - a new service that allows users to create personalized search engine homepage using an intuitive drag-n-drop interface.  —  Unlike Google Custom Search engine …
Eric Savitz / BARRONS.com:
Yahoo Could Regret Not Paying Up For Facebook, Needham Says  —  One of the dark stains on Yahoo's (YHOO) track record is its decision not to buy Google (GOOG) when it had the chance.  Needham's Mark May today wonders if the company has made a comparable error with its refusal to pay up for Facebook.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Launches Response to Google Co-op  —  The Digital Inspiration blog reports that Yahoo is launching Yahoo! Alpha.  Ironically, it's called Alpha (beta).  You can try it here on their AU domain.  It's unclear if this is only going to be an Australian product or if Yahoo will roll it out more broadly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo ambushed by hindsight and armchair CEOs-again
24/7 Wall St.:
Yahoo! To Facebook: Still Too High A Price
Discussion: BloggingStocks
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Quick, Possibly Incomplete Guide to What Gets Installed by the Google Desktop Installer  —  Mac software is usually distributed in a way that encourages simple drag-and-drop installation.  A disk image or zip archive that the user opens, then a single file (or bundle) …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Co-existing with platform vendors
Discussion: Mozilla Labs Blog
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees DRM-free music in Zune's future  —  Microsoft plans to follow Apple in selling unprotected songs from EMI, though the company won't say just when such tracks will appear on the Zune Marketplace store.  —  When CEO Steve Jobs issued his open letter calling for an end to DRM …
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Kostas Tzounopoulos / Zune-Online.com:
Zune for free with a phone-like plan?  —  According to Zune marketing director, Jason Reindorp, Microsoft is looking at using the Zune Pass subscription just like mobile phone providers use their plans.  This means a future flash version of Zune, could be released for a low price or even for free with a Zune Pass subscription plan...
Intel:
Intel Serves Up 'Pro' To Go  —  Intel® Centrino® Pro Gives IT Managers Wireless Management and Security Capabilities  —  Under a new brand called Intel® Centrino® Pro processor technology, Intel Corporation today announced it will extend its innovative and popular features designed …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel plans Centrino Pro for business notebooks  —  Brands are colliding over at Intel, with the company's decision to call its notebook management technology Centrino Pro.  —  Intel revealed plans to import the vPro desktop PC management technologies into notebooks last month, and plans to announce the official moniker on Wednesday.
Discussion: Gadgetell
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
For PSP, a New Focus On Teen Market  —  Sony is shifting its marketing focus for the PSP platform to the 13-17 year old demographic, with a new marketing campaign titled "Dude, Get Your Own."  —  I spoke with PSP senior product manager John Koller this afternoon about the PSP's recent price cut …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and PSP Fanboy
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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Windows cursor patch causing trouble  —  Installing Microsoft's Tuesday patch for a "critical" Windows vulnerability is causing trouble for some users.  —  Microsoft broke with its monthly patch cycle Tuesday to repair a bug in the way Windows handles animated cursors.
Gizmodo:
Addonics CompactFlash Adapters Replace Notebook Hard Drives  —  Now here's a great idea from Addonics: replace a laptop's 2.5" hard disk with flash memory, using a $30 adapter that lets you boot from CompactFlash cards.  Suddenly you've converted that lappy into a solid-state notebook without spending an arm and a leg.
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Popouts, Buttons and Slideshows  —  As an engineer, one of my favorite aspects of delivering Google Talk through the web is that we can enhance it quickly.  In fact, we updated the Google Talk Gadget today with a few new features:  —  (1) To make it easier to use Google Talk anywhere …
HP:
HP Puts on its Game Face  —  Company shows off innovations for gaming industry  —  HP today outlined its strategy to capitalize on the rapid growth in online, mobile and PC gaming and demonstrated some of the company's advanced technologies applicable for the gaming industry.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Garrett Camp, Founder & Chief Architect, StumbleUpon  —  Search engines are great tools to help you find things you suspect exist on the web, but they leave a lot to be desired when it comes to discovering the unexpected or unknown.  Sure, you may find something really cool after doing …
 
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Hostway Acquires Affinity Internet
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Colin Barker / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sued over Vista branding
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Intel Wheels and Deals Embedded Xeon Chips
Discussion: ChipLand, Engadget and The Raw Feed
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
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Nick / Rough Type:
Amazon patents cybernetic mind-meld
Discussion: Slashdot and Between the Lines
BBC:
Lenovo tops eco-friendly ranking
Discussion: Neowin.net and Slashdot