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4:10 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.
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 …
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
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.  —  Quote of the day comes in the dizzying Perils of Pauline-style adventure that is MSFT's attempt to buy YHOO.  —  Recall: At the end of Episode 26 the evil MSFT had forlorn YHOO strapped to the tracks, saying YHOO has only three minutes to give …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Yahoo turns to Google for help
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:   FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site
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.
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.
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Elisabeth Lewin / Podcasting News:
Wizzard To Use Adobe Media Player For Video Podcasts
Discussion: Mashable!
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
 
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
MySpace Gets International TV Deal
Discussion: CNET News.com
Paul Adams / Compiler:
Google Says, ‘Sorry, You Search Like A Bot’
PR Newswire:
Picture Perfect Mother's Day Gift: ViewSonic Digital Photo Frames
Discussion: Engadget and Switched
Veronica Belmont:
Ok, you were right! I'm joining Tekzilla!
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Consider Your Needs, Then Use This Guide To Buying a Laptop
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Symantec Acquires Desktop Virtualization Firm
Discussion: The Register
InfoWorld:
AMD finally ships quad-core Opterons
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and TG Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Top Botnets Control One Million Hijacked Computers
Discussion: The Register
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
An All Too Convenient Truth: Many Marketers Pollute the Web
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Booyah! Cramer Finally Signs With TheStreet.com (TSCM)
Colin Barker ZDNet.co.uk / ZDNet:
How IT can save us from recession
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Handing Out $50 to HD DVD Victims
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Flickr purists gripe about video expansion
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Enterprise Takes A Page From Salesforce—Launches Its Own App Marketplace
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Stiffs Nonprofits, Launches Second Rate Widget Builder With No Hosting
Discussion: Beth's Blog
 

 
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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
‘Serial’ conclusion leaves podcasters cautiously optimistic about the future

Brent Lang / Variety:
Sony Pictures could lose $75M on “The Interview”, which cost $44M to make, $30M to promote

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Danny Zappin's Zealot Networks Buys Majority Stake in YouTube Licensing Firm AudioMicro

 
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