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3:45 PM ET, April 5, 2008

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Microsoft Sends Letter to Yahoo! Board of Directors  —  Microsoft Sends Letter to Yahoo! Board of Directors  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 5, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today sent the following letter to the Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) Board of Directors:  —  Board of Directors
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Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sets a three-week ultimatum for a Yahoo decision  —  After earlier news that Microsoft was recalculating its Yahoo offer, it has become clear what the company has decided to do.  In a letter to Yahoo's Board of Directors, from CEO Steve Ballmer today, Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Gives Yahoo Ultimatum: Sign Deal In 3 Weeks Or We Cut Bid  —  ANALYSIS: In this ultimatum Microsoft makes a compelling case that Yahoo's board is violating its fiduciary duty to shareholders by not even engaging with Microsoft.  This, combined with the threat of a bid cut …
Discussion: Mashable!
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Quake 3 for iPod Touch / iPhone  —  The time has finally come.  Games like Quake 3 are hitting the iPhone platform.  It is particularly cool to see the accelerometers being used to control the action.  —  Bonus points for controlling 2 players at once.  —  Apple's new gaming platform looks to be shaping up quite nicely.
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Cam / HermitWorks:
Quake 3 + iTouch  —  So we've been playing around with Quake 3 and Apple's iTouch.  Scott grabbed the icculus source and with a few modifications had it running pretty quick.  Here's a video of him with two iTouch's in multiplayer.
Discussion: Podcasting News
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Engineers shun the razor, hope for an edge  —  As an expression of solidarity, engineers at Powerset Inc. vowed to not shave until they finish the company's first product.  They put away their razors in late January as their company hit another milestone in its drive to release its long-anticipated product to the public.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Powerset Will Launch In Coming Weeks  —  San Francisco based Powerset will be publicly launching a long-awaited beta version of the service in the coming weeks, the company told me yesterday.  They are working on a new kind of search engine that will understand natural language searches …
ZDNet:
Gartner: Open source will quietly take over  —  In a few years' time, almost all businesses will use open source, according to Gartner; even though IT managers may be unaware of it, and prefer to talk about fashions such as software as a service.  —  Open-source promoters have welcomed …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Lawyer Who Threatened File-Sharers is Banned For 6 months  —  A lawyer who sent out hundreds of thousands of threatening letters demanding that alleged file-sharers pay 400 euros, has been banned from operating for 6 months.  Elizabeth Martin, who had been working with Swiss anti-piracy outfit …
Discussion: Mashable! and p2pnet
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Walt Mossberg loves AppleTV...and 3G iPhone in 2 months!  —  Walt Mossberg talks about how the US cable companies and DSL providers are screwing the US over with tricks and slow speeds....  (Yah I pay €50/month for 100MB Fiber in France:D)  —  ...AppleTV is nice but currently has limited appeal because of bandwidth.....
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Translate a Google Spreadsheet  —  The recently launched API for Google Translate makes it easier to add translation options to any web application.  A Google Spreadsheets gadget uses the API to translate the text from a spreadsheet.  The input text should be in English and the destination language should be specified in the settings.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Huge Microsoft patent loss is a partial win
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk, Labs Edition
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service
InfoWorld:
Companies struggle as Safari pops up on networks
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Search Marketer: Yahoo Taking Share From Google (GOOG, YHOO)
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