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5:05 AM ET, April 5, 2008

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Reuters:
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.
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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 …
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Lines Drawn for Microsoft and Yahoo, and Neither Is Ceding Ground
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Be Standing Pat on Yahoo
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's Foot Dragging On Deal Could Cost Them Plenty
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 and bytes|genes
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.
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Phorm “Webwise” System  —  Last week I spent several hours at Phorm learning how their advertising system works — this is the system that is to be deployed by the UK's largest ISPs to pick apart your web browsing activities to try and determine what interests you.
Discussion: The Open Rights Group
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BBC:   ‘Illegal’ ad system scrutinised
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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 / Portfolio.com:
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Huge Microsoft patent loss is a partial win  —  A federal jury in San Diego this afternoon awarded $367.4 million to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute with Microsoft.  It ranks among the biggest patent verdicts in U.S. history, but it could have been worse: Alcatel-Lucent had been seeking $1.75 billion.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking the Techmeme Habit  —  Techmeme is a great place to stay up-to-date with the current tech news in the blogosphere, showing the most popular and current news items of the day.  The site also offers a Leaderboard section which features the current top 100 bloggers and news sources.
InfoWorld:
Companies struggle as Safari pops up on networks  —  Network administrators are complaining that Apple's recent decision to offer users its Safari Web browser as part of an iTunes and QuickTime update has made their lives harder as they struggle to remove the software from PCs on their networks.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Census Bureau decides it can't count on computers  —  This is just pitiful.  As a taxpayer, and especially as a Silicon Valley taxpayer, it rankles me no end to see yet another government technology initiative botched up because the people in charge are out of their depth.
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Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
It's back to pencils and paper after computers prove unwieldy
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and CNET News.com
 
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