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6:40 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
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: Forbes, and Mashable!
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Microhoo: Ballmer takes off his gloves  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his troop of strategists, lawyers, accountants, and bankers are done seeking a peaceful resolution with Yahoo's board of directors.  It's been more than two months since Microsoft made what Ballmer calls a “generous” offer of $31 per share to acquire Yahoo.
Discussion: Forbes and Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft (Pretends To) Force Yahoo's Hand … Enough with subtle messages delivered through the press: Microsoft goes on the record with their threat to bail on Yahoo.  —  This is really just a sign by Microsoft that they really, really still want this deal.
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: DisplayBlog and Podcasting News
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Quake 3 for iPod Touch / iPhone
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Powerset Will Launch In Coming Weeks
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
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 …
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
New search share numbers show surprising surge for Live Search
Discussion: Mashable!
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Lawsuit Claim: Students' Lecture Notes Infringe on Professor's Copyright
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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Discussion: Mashable!
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Moov Is the LEGO of Kids' Vehicles (Verdict: I Don't Want to Grow Up)
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
ISPs Hog Rights in Fine Print
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
Aart van Bezooyen / Core77 Design Studio Bullitts:
FLX - The Squeezable USB-Drive
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Phorm “Webwise” System
Discussion: BBC
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources