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5:05 PM ET, April 4, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Microsoft and Yahoo meet again, then walk away
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Free 2.0: Don't blame the VCs  —  A New York-based entrepreneur named Hank Williams has a guest post over at Silicon Alley Insider about how the tech economy is being ruined by the “freetards” (although he doesn't use that term).  In a nutshell, Hank believes all the venture-backed startups …
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
To the 700MHz victors go the spoils: AT&T, Verizon dish plans
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Windows 7 may come ‘in the next year’  —  MIAMI—Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Friday indicated that Windows 7, the next major version of Windows, could come within the next year, far ahead of the development schedule previously indicated by the software maker.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
21st (and Real) Reason Why Seesmic Bought Twhirl  —  Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur outlines 20 reasons why his company bought Twhirl, an Adobe AIR-based Twitter client that is preferred by the self-obsessed net-set (including yours truly).  Some see it as a future-of-the-web move.
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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
20 reasons why Seesmic acquired Twhirl
Ashish Thapliyal / Ashish Thapliyal's Blog:
Silverlight Roadmap questions  —  Silverlight is about 7 month old kid but it is already making such a big buzz.  One of my colleague Rahul did excellent job in terms of putting up a FAQ regarding the roadmap  —  1. When exactly will Silverlight support all the codecs that a standard Windows Media Player support?
Discussion: Ars Technica and BetaNews
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft blogger publishes Silverlight 2.0 timetable
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Daniel Jacobs / International Business Times:
Apple iPhone Users Do All but Talk  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Users of Apple's iPhone are using the device to do everything but talk on the phone, according to a new study, transforming the product into a mobile entertainment platform rather than just a cellular phone.
Discussion: iLounge
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Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   iPhone owners do everything but talk
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Microsoft Unveils Web Series Slate  —  Microsoft unveiled an ambitious slate of original programming created for its multiple Web platforms, including the MSN portal, MSNBC.com and Xbox Live  —  Microsoft sent a direct message to the ad buying community on Thursday—everyone's software company is a hit-making digital media leader.
Fred / A VC:
Something Important Is On The Horizon In The Music Business  —  Having ceded the file based music opportunity (mp3s and drm'd file formats) to Apple, the recorded labels are now getting hip to the much bigger opportunity, streaming music.  —  Yes, it's true that listeners will still want to own files for a few more years.
Paul Chaney / Conversational Media Marketing:
Blogging even when I have nothing to say...Wait!  I do have something today.  —  I started feeling panicky last night realizing that I haven't updated this blog in several days.  —  In principle, I'm a stickler for setting a blog posting frequency schedule as I believe readers tend to rely …
Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo news guru Budde joins DailyMe start-up  —  Neil Budde, editor-in-chief of news, finance, and sports at Yahoo, has joined a news aggregation start-up called DailyMe where he will be president and chief product officer.  —  Budde left Yahoo on December 12, 2007.
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
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The Boy Genius Report:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D12 Seeded
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Craigslist to fan blog: Give us your domain, now
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone