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6:20 AM ET, April 10, 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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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.
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):
New York Times:
News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft  —  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, Microsoft's MSN and News Corporation's MySpace …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand  —  Things are moving fast in the Yahoo-Microsoft drama.  All the different forces are aligning for an endgame.  The latest twist: The WSJ is reporting that Yahoo is close to signing a deal to combine with AOL.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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 …
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Striptease  —  Will it be Google or AOL?  Yahoo! executives are willing to team up with competitors to craft a new future for their company—provided those competitors don't include Microsoft.  But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer still has a card to play: He's enlisted the support …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Quote du Jour: MSFT/YHOO/AOL/NWS/etc.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Yahoo turns to Google for help
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget gets a new look and adds Switched to the family!  —  It's been well over a year since our last big redesign, which in gadget time means our last design was unveiled circa original Walkman.  So we're freshening up the whole joint — all seven sites — with a brand new design.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Thursday plans to introduce a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software models to help users avoid traffic jams.  —  The new service's software technology, called Clearflow …
Richard Felton / TG Daily:
Apple 's 3G iPhone to be priced from $399  —  Chicago (IL) - We just came across a few more interesting 3G iPhone details.  Industry sources told TG Daily that the device in fact will launch at WWDC 2008, in two or possible three different configurations, and prices starting at $399.
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
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What the New York Times “death by blogging” story got right.  —  [ Editor's Note: Part of me doesn't want to even write this story because it involves the death and health of friends.  Part of me feels the need to discuss the topic in order to reach out to friends who pushing it too hard.
 
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Discussion: CNET News.com
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Symantec Acquires Desktop Virtualization Firm
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InfoWorld:
AMD finally ships quad-core Opterons
Discussion: TG Daily and Hardware 2.0
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FBI: Lieberman campaign, not hackers, caused 2006 Web site crash
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PC World:
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Handing Out $50 to HD DVD Victims
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Flickr purists gripe about video expansion
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Enterprise Takes A Page From Salesforce—Launches Its Own App Marketplace
 

 
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