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10:30 AM ET, April 5, 2008


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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Source: Google To Launch BigTable As Web Service  —  Google may be releasing BigTable, its internal database system, as a web service to compete with Amazon SimpleDB, according to a source with knowledge of the launch.  There are also rumors that press is being pre-briefed on the product, although we haven't been contacted by Google.
Discussion: Outside the Lines and bytes|genes
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft losing patience with Yahoo?  —  Microsoft is evaluating its Yahoo acquisition bid under the theory that the Internet company may have lost value since the $44.6 billion offer was made, according to a Reuters report this afternoon, citing an anonymous source.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:   Lines Drawn for Microsoft and Yahoo, and Neither Is Ceding Ground
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Microsoft evaluating Yahoo bid: sources
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft ‘evaluating’ its Yahoo offer
Discussion: Reuters and WinBeta
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 …
Discussion: Law & Life, Slashdot and
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.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and GottaBeMobile
Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
The Phorm “Webwise” System  —  Last week I spent several hours at Phorm learning how their advertising system works — this is the system that is to be deployed by the UK's largest ISPs to pick apart your web browsing activities to try and determine what interests you.
Discussion: The Open Rights Group
BBC:   ‘Illegal’ ad system scrutinised
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
craigslist blog:
Kinder, Gentler C&Ds Please  —  I'm getting some well-deserved flak for a ham-handed cease-and-desist email I sent to a blogger recently.  The dialogue had remained cordial until he revealed his business model - running deceptive textads such as the ones below, which got on my nerves:
Discussion: craigslist blog
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Huge Microsoft patent loss is a partial win  —  A federal jury in San Diego this afternoon awarded $367.4 million to Alcatel-Lucent in a patent dispute with Microsoft.  It ranks among the biggest patent verdicts in U.S. history, but it could have been worse: Alcatel-Lucent had been seeking $1.75 billion.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Felix Salmon /
Blogonomics: Valleywag Pay Slashed  —  Jordan Golson can't be happy: Nick Denton has cut the amount of money he gets per thousand pageviews to $6.50 from $9.75.  That's a 33% pay cut, on a per-pageview basis.  What about on an absolute basis?  —  Well, the pageview rate is set on the basis of the previous quarter's pageviews.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Talk, Labs Edition  —  There's a new flavor of Google Talk: the Labs edition, a desktop client that looks very similar to the Google Talk gadget and has most of its features.  The application doesn't support voice chat or file transfer, it's still Windows-only, but it has some new features …
Discussion: Googling Google
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Discussion: Valleywag
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
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Your ad-supported Web 2.0 site is actually a B2B enterprise in disguise
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
BBC To ISPs: Don't Traffic Shape Me, Bro
Discussion: DSLreports
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Microsoft's Savvy Open Source Move
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Every Click You Make  —  Internet Providers Quietly Test …
Discussion: ClickZ News Blog
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New iPhone to sport a case redesign?
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Couple Sues Google Over “Street View”
Don Reisinger / CNET
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