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5:45 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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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 …
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sets a three-week ultimatum for a Yahoo decision  —  Following earlier news that Microsoft was recalculating its $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, it has become clear what the company has decided to do.  Microsoft has thrown down the gauntlet, as evidenced by a letter Saturday from CEO Steve Ballmer to Yahoo's board of directors.
Discussion: Valleywag and CNET News.com
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:   Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources
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, you know you can get 100Mb Fiber in France for €50/month?)
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
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Quake 3 for iPod Touch / iPhone
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
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
My Essential Twitter Tools  —  Many conversations are shifting to Twitter, this post proves it (network with others, by adding those in the comments).  Twitter is extensible, and many third-party developers are creating tools around the simple data being exported for a variety of unique applications.
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: p2pnet, Mashable! and Digg
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 …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New Compete.com search share numbers show surprising surge for Live Search  —  Compete.com released their version of March US search market share numbers on Friday, showing a surprising surge for Live Search, up nearly 4 percentage points from February (a notoriously slow, and short, month), and up .7% year over year.
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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