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8:05 PM ET, April 4, 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 …
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: CNET News.com
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Updated: Microsoft, Yahoo Meet Again; At Standstill; Microsoft …
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft ‘evaluating’ its Yahoo offer
Discussion: Reuters and WinBeta
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Microsoft and Yahoo meet again, then walk away
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
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Carriers Outline Wireless Future  —  More data in the air!  Broadband Internet everywhere!  Lower prices!  —  These are some of the promised fruits from the U.S. government's plan to sell wireless spectrum to the private sector, according to executives at leading mobile communications carriers.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T's 700 MHz Strategy: LTE
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
To the 700MHz victors go the spoils: AT&T, Verizon dish plans
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.
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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Census Bureau decides it can't count on computers
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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 …
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: BetaNews and Ars Technica
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft blogger publishes Silverlight 2.0 timetable
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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