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3:17 AM ET, April 6, 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 …
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.
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.
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
Microsoft sets a three-week ultimatum for a Yahoo decision
Discussion: Valleywag and Beyond Binary
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They work long hours, often to exhaustion.  Many are paid by the piece — not garments, but blog posts.  This is the digital-era sweatshop.  You may know it by a different name: home.
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 feature.  Knowing that it's going to be one year after release …
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 and Digg
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.
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!
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
How a videoblogger from NYC outsmarted a so-called “Social Media Expert”  —  I've read Naked Conversations, the book by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel that talks about the power of blogging for individuals, businesses, and communities.  I've even used their examples with clients - a few of which are mentioned in their book.
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
Interview: Why Nick White left Microsoft  —  Earlier this week Nick White, Product Manager for Windows Vista and blogger at WindowsVistaBlog, announced that he was leaving Microsoft.  —  We previously interviewed Nick about what SP1 for Vista was all about, so we sat down with him yesterday …
Discussion: Slashdot
Microsoft Windows 7 Exclusive
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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