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3:40 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:
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New York Post:
YAHOO! SETS REPLY TO MICROSOFT ATTACK
Discussion: Fortune
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Yang hits back at Ballmer; mentions antitrust concerns
Discussion: Contentinople
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 …
BBC:
Europe clears mobiles on aircraft  —  Mobile phone calls will be allowed on planes flying in European airspace under new European Commission rules.  —  The decision means that mobiles could be used once a plane has reached an altitude of 3,000m or more.  —  It follows six months of consultation …
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Commission paves the way for in-flight mobile phone use across Europe  —  Commission paves the way for in-flight mobile phone use across Europe … One regulatory decision for all European airspace was required for this new service to come into being," said Viviane Reding, the EU's Telecoms Commissioner.
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Europe Takes Step Toward In-Flight Cellphones
Discussion: InfoWorld
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   European Groups Says Search Engines Must Delete Search Date Within Six-Months
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
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 …
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
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.
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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.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
As expected, Imeem bails out Snocap by acquiring it
Discussion: Listening Post and Digital Trends
Josh Wiseman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Chat: Now We're Talking  —  This week marks the launch of Facebook Chat—a new way for you to communicate with your friends in real-time.  The Wall and Inbox have been the primary ways to communicate, but when more immediacy is necessary—for example when making plans for lunch …
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
The Frustratingly Unfulfilled Promise of Google Gears  —  Back on May 30th of last year, Google released Google Gears, a browser plug-in designed to help Web-based applications work even when they couldn't connect to the Internet.  I was pretty jazzed up about it, and so were my PCW colleagues …
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.
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TripIt Goes Even More Mobile  —  TripIt, the service that creates master travel itineraries out of your confirmation emails, has become even more traveler-friendly with a new mobile site.  —  Users can access the site at m.tripit.com with their handheld devices.
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool and jkOnTheRun
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Check Trip Itineraries On Your Mobile with TripIt Mobile
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Media Watch: News.com Chief Dan Farber Brings Lessons Of Blogger Media  —  I'm waiting for Dan Farber, the new head of CNET's News.com, 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.
Discussion: Furrier.org
 
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Labels seek billions in damages over Baidu MP3 deep-linking
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Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
The Great Unbundling: Newspapers & the Net
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Scrabble launches on Facebook: Yanks need not apply
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Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup
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Yahoo Rolls Out More Details About APEX/AMP
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Should anonymous people be allowed to conduct business?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Case Study In Personal Brand Destruction
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NHL Launches Ambitious Next Phase In Broadband As Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Aiming for a Virtual End to PC Headaches
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