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10:30 PM ET, April 4, 2008


 Top Items: 
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo offer: source  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp is evaluating its offer for Yahoo Inc in light of worsening market conditions, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.  —  Microsoft has been repeatedly trying to engage Yahoo's board in discussions, this person said.
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Hold Meetings  —  Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. senior executives met this week to discuss Microsoft's proposal to acquire the Internet company but failed to resolve any of their differences, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The meeting, which took place …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft losing patience with Yahoo?  —  Microsoft is evaluating its Yahoo acquisition bid under the theory that the Internet company may have lost value since the $44.6 billion offer was made, according to a Reuters report this afternoon, citing an anonymous source.
Discussion: Techland, Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's Foot Dragging On Deal Could Cost Them Plenty  —  What is the problem?  I mean, seriously.  Yahoo! has been sitting on a $42 billion unsolicited offer on the table from Microsoft for two months, and other than a bunch of caterwauling since, Yahoo hasn't done much one way or the other.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Be Standing Pat on Yahoo
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft ‘evaluating’ its Yahoo offer
Discussion: Reuters and WinBeta
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service  —  Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch.  There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven't been contacted by Google.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
The Smoking Gun:
Couple Sues Google Over “Street View”  —  Pittsburgh pair claims privacy invaded by posting of home photo  —  A Pittsburgh couple is suing Google for invasion of privacy, claiming that the web giant's popular “Street View” mapping feature has made a photo of their home available to online searchers.
Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Free” is Killing Us—Blame The VCs  —  I believe it should be possible to start a small business and to have a small number of profitable customers, and to earn a living.  From there, it should be possible to work hard, and to grow your business into something substantial.
Mathew /
Free 2.0: Don't blame the VCs
Discussion: SmugBlog
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk, Labs Edition  —  There's a new flavor of Google Talk: the Labs edition, a desktop client that looks very similar to the Google Talk gadget and has most of its features.  The application doesn't support voice chat or file transfer, but it has some new features …
Discussion: Googling Google
Felix Salmon /
Blogonomics: Valleywag Pay Slashed  —  Jordan Golson can't be happy: Nick Denton has cut the amount of money he gets per thousand pageviews to $6.50 from $9.75.  That's a 33% pay cut, on a per-pageview basis.  What about on an absolute basis?  —  Well, the pageview rate is set on the basis of the previous quarter's pageviews.
The Boy Genius Report:
New iPhone to sport a case redesign?  —  Apple fanboys attack!  We're pretty hesitant to believe this one for ourselves, although it would make sense.  There's this image floating around that claims to be the back of the new 3G iPhone.  Sportin' a glossy black finish …
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Your ad-supported Web 2.0 site is actually a B2B enterprise in disguise  —  Doing a B2C is more fun than a B2B right?  —  A lot of folks are doing consumer internet startups because they think Web 2.0 startups are more fun.  You can focus on the end user, make them happy, get traction, and go from there.
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
It's back to pencils and paper after computers prove unwieldy  —  Stumbling over its multibillion-dollar plans for a high-tech census, the government says it will go back to counting the nation's 300 million people the old-fashioned way - with paper and pencil.  —  Help wanted: 600,000 temporary workers to do the job.
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and CNET
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Census Bureau decides it can't count on computers
Don Reisinger / CNET
Why e-book readers don't stand a chance  —  Although some people see a reason to buy a device just to read a book, I don't.  Some have said that Amazon's Kindle is the savior of the e-book market.  I don't believe it.  Others say that e-book readers will kill the book publishing industry and bring it into the 21st century.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Search Marketer: Yahoo Taking Share From Google (GOOG, YHOO)  —  Yahoo's last-ditch effort to hold off Microsoft (MSFT) comes down to this: Stall, hope they'll have a monster Q1, and the market will suddenly see the company's value again.  —  Slim chance, but here's at least one data point …
Discussion: Valleywag
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