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11:45 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 …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for merger deal  —  (04-05) 15:42 PDT SUNNYVALE — Microsoft Corp. ratcheted up the pressure on Yahoo Inc. Saturday to accept its blockbuster takeover offer by giving the Sunnyvale Web portal three weeks to sign a deal or face a hostile acquisition bid.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
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.
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.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sets a three-week ultimatum for a Yahoo decision
Discussion: Valleywag and Beyond Binary
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?)
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Walt Says 3G iPhone Coming in 60 Days  —  Walt Mossberg has confirmed what AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega already hinted at CTIA: the iPhone will be 3G-capable “in 60 days.”  Mossberg said it 6:53 into this Beet.tv feature.  Knowing that it's going to be one year after release …
Discussion: CrunchGear, jkOnTheRun and Digg
James Ashton / Times of London:
Joost faces TV squeeze  —  JOOST, the online television service launched with a fanfare last year by the founders of internet telephony firm Skype, is preparing for a major retrenchment after failing to attract enough users and top-flight broadcasting rights.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Coming soon: superfast internet  —  THE internet could soon be made obsolete.  The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.  —  At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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.
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.
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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
 
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
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Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
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Lawsuit Claim: Students' Lecture Notes Infringe on Professor's Copyright
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
ISPs Hog Rights in Fine Print
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