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6:35 PM ET, April 7, 2008


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Business Wire:
Yahoo!'s Board of Directors Responds to Latest Microsoft Letter  —  The Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation.  —  Dear Steve:
Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook to Settle Thorny Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  Facebook is close to putting an uncomfortable and embarrassing legal episode behind it.  —  A person briefed on the status of dueling lawsuits between Facebook and the competing site ConnectU said on Sunday that Facebook was finalizing …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple notebook lines to see major design changes, sources say  —  Apple Inc.'s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks will be the last of their breed, as both product families are destined for major design changes upon their next refresh, AppleInsider has learned.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Search engines warned over data  —  Search engines should delete personal data held about their users within six months, a European Commission advisory body on data protection has said.  —  The recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN.
David Carnoy / CNET
Can Sony get 50% market share for Blu-ray this year?  —  Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008.  And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mossberg: 3G iPhone coming in 60 days  —  Uncle Walt says the iPhone will be able to download Web pages even faster in 60 days.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  Uncle Walt thinks a 3G iPhone will arrive within the next 60 days.  —  Walt Mossberg, the legendary technology columnist …
Wei Luo / Google LatLong:
All the news that's fit to print on a map: The New York Times in Google Earth  —  I read a lot of news by surfing the Internet, as do many of my colleagues and friends, and I've always dreamed of a way to browse news based on geography.  What's happening in Paris today?  What are the top headlines in Japan?
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
5 factors that determine your advertising CPM rates  —  An interesting post at Techcrunch: Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant Ads Than Large Sites.  —  I love seeing this cross-site ad monetization data, since it's rare to get your hands on it unless you for an ad network.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant …
Discussion: media landscaping
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
AMP!:  Is Yahoo! Breaking Up the Advertising Atom?  —  The latest punch thrown in Yahoo!'s fight to stay relevant and avoid a take over by Microsoft is their unveiling of their new ad management software, named AMP!, which will ship this summer.  Though pay-per-click text ads remain Google's …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Confirms Snocap Acquisition  —  After a long search that turned up no other buyers, Shawn Fanning's startup Snocap is being bought by music social network imeem.  We first reported the deal in February.  Imeem is officially announcing the deal today.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
imeem hopes SNOCAP buyout will help it stay ahead of MySpace
Discussion: Digital Trends and Listening Post
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?  —  During a keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, an Intel executive brandished a Netbook that looked Air-thin.  Will inexpensive Linux Netbooks be a poor man's MacBook Air?  —  Most of the photos to date of upcoming Netbooks …
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking!  TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked  —  UPDATE 4.7.08: Looks like ZDnet was hacked as well (although they've since cleaned up)  —  So in some innocent conversation earlier today with Allen Stern, he noticed that Tailrank was getting hammered with spam, via Tailrank's River …
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Time Machine via AirPort Disk Is Unsupported, Apple Says  —  Apple confirmed for me last week that a feature for using hard drives attached via USB to an AirPort Extreme Base Station is an unsupported feature.  The company declined to provide further information.
Discussion: MacUser and jkOnTheRun
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Media Watch: Chief Dan Farber Brings Lessons Of Blogger Media  —  I'm waiting for Dan Farber, the new head of CNET's, in a large, sun-lit foyer.  People are coming out for lunch and their mood seems relaxed and cheerful despite a 10 per cent cut in CNET staff numbers made just just a few days before.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foreclosures Shown On Scary, Encroaching Heat Maps  —  If you want to see in stark colors exactly how the mortgage credit crisis is spreading across the country, go to real estate search site HotPads and look at the foreclosure heat maps in your area.  These are map mashups that take foreclosure data …
Smoritz / Techland:
AMD swings the ax after sales shortfall  —  AMD (AMD) will slash jobs by 10% amid a sales shortfall for the first quarter, which ended a week ago.  The chipmaker says it saw a drop in demand across all its business segments during the quarter.  —  The company expects to book $1.5 billion …
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cuts expected flash memory spending by $200M
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
Discussion: TechSpot
Katie Allen / Guardian:
Home copying - burnt into teenage psyche
Discussion: sarahintampa and p2pnet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup
Discussion: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
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