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6:20 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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
imeem hopes SNOCAP buyout will help it stay ahead of MySpace  —  Music-focused social networking service imeem announced today that it has acquired SNOCAP, a provider of digital licensing and copyright management services.  The acquisition will allow imeem to filter through the music uploaded by its users …
Discussion: Digital Trends and Listening Post
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 …
EU Press Room:
Commission paves the way for in-flight mobile phone use across Europe
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cuts expected flash memory spending by $200M  —  Apple has cut its 2008 flash memory orders by $200 million, according to iSuppli, setting up a down year for flash vendors.  —  In February, iSuppli reported that Apple was slashing its orders of flash memory amid a weakening economy …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
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Galen Gruman / InfoWorld:
iPhone is already the top mobile browser
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Elinor Mills / CNET
Gartner lays odds on Microsoft in ads over Google in enterprise
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
HP Provides Unlimited Online Storage with Upline
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What does your TweetCloud say about you?
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple Q2 2008 report on April 23 may show big Mac sales
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
Discussion: TechSpot
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Labels seek billions in damages over Baidu MP3 deep-linking
Discussion: WebProNews
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking! TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked
Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
The Great Unbundling: Newspapers & the Net
Discussion: Rough Type
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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