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8:25 PM ET, April 10, 2008

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Fred / A VC:
We Need A New Path To Liquidity  —  Watching all these machinations between Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, AOL, News Corp/MySpace, and their ilk makes me sick.  They are playing around with Internet assets like they are toys.  And meanwhile the services we have come to rely on like Flickr …
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY I DELETED MY TWITTER ACCOUNT  —  It's no big deal.  I liked Twitter.  But I found it too easy.  —  I think my time would be better spent drawing cartoons and writing books.  —  That's just how I feel.  —  [UPDATE:] This story seems to have made it onto the front page of Techmeme.
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Underwire / Wired:
Flickr Users Cry Mutiny Over New Video Feature  —  Flickr users are revolting.  Again.  —  Several groups protesting this week's addition of video to Yahoo's popular photo-sharing site have sprung up to object to the new feature.  —  One group, We Say No to Videos on Flickr …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Goes Scorched Earth  —  What a day.  I can't say neither side is throwing punches any longer in the epic fight over what's left of Yahoo.  Microsoft and Yahoo are done, for the most part, with sternly worded letters.  —  Yesterday Yahoo made two announcements/leaks.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Sorting out the whole Microsoft-Yahoo melee  —  For anyone trying to track the recent flurry of activity surrounding Microsoft's Yahoo acquisition bid, here's a company-by-company guide, including highlights from Wall Street analysts' notes to clients today.  —  Yahoo: Trying to avoid or sweeten Microsoft's original offer.
DealBook:
Google C.E.O. Taps Quattrone as Adviser in Yahoo Battle  —  Update: Mr. Quattrone's firm, Qatalyst, has been hired by Google, people close to the company told DealBook.  —  Look who Google's turned to for help.  —  Frank P. Quattrone is advising Eric E. Schmidt, Google's chief executive …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Blockbuster eyes streaming to TVs  —  Apple TV is getting some competition from Blockbuster.  —  The home video giant is developing a set-top device for streaming films directly to TV sets and is expected to announce the offering sometime this month.  —  Blockbuster declined comment …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Blockbuster considering set-top box for movie downloads
Discussion: CinemaTech
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia CEO goes on Intel rant  —  Nvidia CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang let rip with a diatribe against Intel at Nvidia's financial analyst day on Thursday.  Huang cited frustration with Nvidia's market share struggle with Intel and recent Intel comments stating that discrete graphics cards will become “unnecessary.”
Discussion: TG Daily
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Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
NVIDIA CEO: “We're Going to Open a Can of Whoop Ass”
Discussion: TechSpot
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Aliph Jawbone 2 exposed  —  So there are a couple of big complaints about Aliph's otherwise-lauded Jawbone noise canceling Bluetooth headset: one, it's rather porky, and two, the charge connector is about as reliable as a Comcast installation appointment.  Hang tight, though …
Discussion: Gizmodo, DVICE, IntoMobile and Electronista
Chris Mills / Opera Labs:
Opera Mini for Android  —  Introduction  —  This article takes a look at one of Opera's latest and greatest projects - the creation of an Opera Mini version that will run on Google's Android open mobile development platform.  Over the course of the article, we'll explain why we created it …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Windows is ‘collapsing,’ Gartner analysts warn  —  The researchers damn Windows in current form, urges radical changes  —  Computerworld) Calling the situation “untenable” and describing Windows as “collapsing,” a pair of Gartner analysts yesterday said Microsoft Corp. must make radical changes …
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
The Social Press Release: Multimedia, Two-Way, Direct to the Public  —  The Social Press Release: Multimedia, Two-Way, Direct to the Public  —  Silicon Valley journalist/blogger Tom Foremski had had enough.  Two years ago, he wrote a poison pen letter to the PR industry in a blog post titled Die!
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 …
AppleInsider:
Filing: Apple conceptualized smart MVNO system ahead of iPhone  —  In the years and months leading up to the release of its iPhone handset, Apple Inc. considered forming its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) system which would interface with multiple primary wireless carriers …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and mocoNews.net
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Falco: Yes, We Might Merge With Yahoo; No, I Can't Say How Many Of You Will Be Fired  —  AOL CEO Randy Falco (TWX) sets employees at ease about that distracting AOL-Microsoft-Yahoo-News Corp chatter.  (YHOO) (MSFT).  No comment yet on how many thousands of AOLers will be fired if the Yahoo merger goes through.
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag
Eric Lempel / PlayStation.Blog:
Firmware (v.2.30) Details and Store Walkthrough  —  Hey Everyone!  We know you're all patiently waiting for the next PS3 firmware update, ver. 2.30, which includes the revamped PLAYSTATION Store.  The good news is that it's coming soon, and you can now see how the new user interface will look in this video demo featuring Grace Chen.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Ad Industry Bans Targeting People With Cancer; Ads to Widows and Orphans Allowed  —  UPDATED |  11:46 AM If you've got AIDS, cancer or erectile dysfunction a group of big advertising networks are going to promise not to remember that you read sites about those topics and remind you …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Seven Tips for Making the Most of Your RSS Reader  —  RSS is a big deal, as anyone who's subscribed to even a few feeds probably knows.  Once you get past just a few feeds, though, it can quickly get overwhelming.  RSS can leave you feeling inadequate, brain-dead and uninspired.
 
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