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11:00 PM ET, April 9, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Test Google Ads As It Mulls Broader Deal  —  Yahoo Inc. said it will carry search advertising from Google Inc. as part of a test effort that could lead to a broader partnership and boost Yahoo's leverage in its ongoing takeover standoff with Microsoft Corp.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Comments on Yahoo! Announcement  —  Microsoft Comments on Yahoo! Announcement  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 9, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today issued the following statement from Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel, related to an announcement today by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO):
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Strikes Back, Part 2: Yahoo-AOL May Announce Merger Next Week*  —  The WSJ confirms that a Yahoo-AOL deal may be imminent.  Earlier, Rafat Ali at PaidContent had speculated that the Yahoo-Google search partnership could pave the way for a Yahoo-AOL merger announcement, perhaps as early as next week.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! to Conduct Limited U.S. Test of Google's AdSense for Search Service  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it will begin a limited test of Google Inc.'s AdSense for Search service, which will deliver relevant Google ads alongside Yahoo!'s own search results.
New York Times:
Microsoft Said to Be Talking With News Corporation About Joint Yahoo Bid  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, according to people involved in the discussions.  The combination, which would join Yahoo …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo-AOL: Will It Happen Finally?  In Advanced Talks on Combining  —  Update: Now WSJ is reporting the same thing, three hours later: that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) and AOL (NYSE: TWX) are in serious advanced talks on combining.  Under the plan being discussed, Time Warner would fold its AOL unit …
Discussion: Tech Ticker and Valleywag
DealBook:
Yahoo to Announce Test Partnership With Google  —  Another shot has been fired in the increasingly bitter battle between Microsoft and Yahoo.  —  The Internet company said it would begin a limited test of Google's search advertising technology as part of efforts to remain independent from Microsoft.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Windows collapsing under its own weight; Radical change needed  —  Microsoft's Windows juggernaut is collapsing as it tries to support 20 years of applications and becomes more complicated by the minute.  Meanwhile, Windows has outgrown hardware and customers are pondering skipping Vista to wait for Windows 7.
Discussion: Electronista and deal architect
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ashton Kutcher-backed startup Ooma is falling apart  —  Hold the phone: Voice-over-Internet startup Ooma is flailing, despite — or perhaps because of — a viral-video marketing campaign directed by Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher.  Ooma launched its product, a $400 device which offers unlimited phone calls …
Bret Taylor / Bret Taylor's blog:
We need a Wikipedia for data  —  I just started blogging.  I am not sure what I want to write about, but I think one theme will be “things I want but want someone else to build.”  This article describes one of those things.  —  At Google, I worked on a number of projects that required data from third party data sources.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Where to Find Open Data on the Web
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Last.fm's Free Music ‘Boosts Sales’; Unlimited Services ‘To Kick In By 2012’  —  Last.fm claims its 12-week-old free, full-track music streams have resulted in 119 percent more CD and download sales through its Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) click-through partnership.
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:   Free Music Encourages Sales, Says Last.fm
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FBI: Lieberman campaign, not hackers, caused 2006 Web site crash  —  You may recall that during the heat of the 2006 primary race that prompted then-Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman to go Independent, the Connecticut politician's Web site, well, dropped dead.  —  At the time, conspiracy theories abounded.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Flickr purists gripe about video expansion  —  Shortly after Flickr added videos to its photo-sharing site, a number of users are up in arms.  —  The No Video on Flickr group amassed more than 4,000 members just a few hours after the new feature launched.  —  “I love Flickr …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Symantec Acquires Desktop Virtualization Firm  —  AppStream brings hot new market to data storage and security vendor.  —  Data security and storage provider Symantec disclosed on April 9 that it is acquiring an OEM partner, the SAAS [software as a service provider] AppStream.
Discussion: The Register
PC World:
First Look: Adobe Media Player  —  Peter Cohen, Macworld.com  —  Leveraging Adobe Interactive Runtime (AIR), Adobe Media Player is a cross-platform compatible media delivery option for user who want to watch video online and, in some cases, download them.  Here's a look at what to expect.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Handing Out $50 to HD DVD Victims  —  Following up Best Buy's $50 pledge to HD DVD victims, Amazon is also doling out a $50 credit to anyone who bought Toshiba's folly before Feb. 23, 2008.  Naturally, they're encouraging you to use it on a shiny new Blu-ray player …
 
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Consider Your Needs, Then Use This Guide To Buying a Laptop
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InfoWorld:
AMD finally ships quad-core Opterons
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Should I.S.P.'s Tell You if They Want to Track Your Surfing?
Discussion: IP Democracy
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Top Botnets Control One Million Hijacked Computers
Discussion: The Register
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
LTE Jumps Ahead in the Race to 4G
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Microsoft Details IE 8 Security Default Change
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How IT can save us from recession
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First look: Mozilla Fennec takes browser fight to handhelds
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Enterprise Takes A Page From Salesforce—Launches Its Own App Marketplace
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mac security not so much about the Mac  —  SAN FRANCISCO …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Stiffs Nonprofits, Launches Second Rate Widget Builder With No Hosting
Discussion: Beth's Blog
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Legg Mason Wades Into the Yahoo Fray
Discussion: Tech Tracks
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Five reasons why Vista beats Mac OS X
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