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10:35 AM ET, April 10, 2008


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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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Striptease
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   News Corporation resumes talks with Microsoft over Yahoo takeover bid
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Yahoo turns to Google for help
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Quote du Jour: MSFT/YHOO/AOL/NWS/etc.
Discussion: broadstuff and IP Democracy
Business Wire:
Yahoo! to Conduct Limited U.S. Test of Google's AdSense for Search Service
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 …
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.
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: WebProNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Regroups Blogs, Launches AOL Tech Network  —  AOL launched what they're calling the AOL Tech Network this evening.  It's a grouping of existing blogs - the Engadget sites, Switched, TUAW and Download Squad, under a new tech content group.  —  Unike AOL Games, AOL Entertainment and other sub brands …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Start making sense  —  Big and small companies are getting into the business of building an intelligent web of linked data  —  SOME new ideas take wing spontaneously.  Others struggle to be born.  The “semantic web” is definitely in the latter category.  But it may have found its midwife in Reuters, a business-information company.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff
Associated Press:
Text Alerts to Cellphones in Emergency Are Approved  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators approved a plan on Wednesday to create a nationwide emergency alert system using text messages delivered to cellphones.  —  Text messages have exploded in popularity, particularly among young people.
Discussion: CrunchGear
FCC approves emergency alert text-messaging system
Discussion: Capitol Valley and Gawker
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Can't Get Their Price, Goes For Fundraising Instead Of Sale  —  Web chat startup Meebo has been working with investment bank Montgomery & Co. for the last few months to either find a buyer or raise a big new round of financing.  The rumor was they were looking for a $250 million valuation.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
MySpace signs TV show deal  —  Social networking site MySpace has signed a deal to put its shows on TV.  —  The deal means that MySpaceTV shows such as Quarterlife, Roommates and Special Delivery will soon air on screens outside the US.  —  The deal was signed with the Shine Group …
Discussion: The Social Times and p2pnet
Greg Sandoval / CNET
MySpaceTV inks international distribution deal
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Updates Layout, Now With Tabs And Statistics  —  YouTube has quietly launch a new layout on video pages with a new tab focused layout and video statistics (pic above).  —  The first change in the consolidation of Share, Favorites, Playlists and Flag into a dedicated tab driven box.
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 …
Tim Greene / Network World:
Experts hack power grid in no time  —  Basic social engineering and browser exploits expose electric production and distribution network  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Cracking a power company network and gaining access that could shut down the grid is simple, a security expert told an RSA audience, and he has done so in less than a day.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AdBrite Launches Open Targeting Exchange  —  Online advertising network AdBrite (our coverage) is announcing the launch of the Open Targeting Exchange or OTX today.  I have to say that it took me a bit of time to understand what this OTX does and I've bought hundreds of millions in media over my career.
Discussion: Tech Beat
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Future of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed
Ben Fullerton / Twitter Blog:
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Closely-watched case may spell trouble for software patents
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone contacts search and meeting invite revealed
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gadget Lab
Department of Homeland Security:
Cyber Storm: Securing Cyber Space
Pretty as a picture: make an artistic statement with the new …
Discussion: Tech Digest, Gizmodo and Engadget
Paul Adams / Compiler:
Google Says, ‘Sorry, You Search Like A Bot’
 Earlier Items: 
Veronica Belmont:
Ok, you were right! I'm joining Tekzilla!
Discussion: Valleywag, Revision3 and Ryan Block
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What the New York Times “death by blogging” story got right.
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
An All Too Convenient Truth: Many Marketers Pollute the Web
Discussion: Cost Per News
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ashton Kutcher-backed startup Ooma is falling apart