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1:10 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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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.
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 …
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
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Quote du Jour: MSFT/YHOO/AOL/NWS/etc.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Report: Yahoo & AOL Approaching A Deal
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Yahoo turns to Google for help
Discussion: Associated Press
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Legg Mason Wades Into the Yahoo Fray
Discussion: Tech Tracks
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Enterprise Takes A Page From Salesforce—Launches Its Own App Marketplace  —  Google is obviously making big moves into the enterprise.  In February, it relaunched JotSpot as Google Sites under the enterprise group, and next week it is expected to announce deeper integration of Google Apps …
Discussion: eWeek and bub.blicio.us
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Official Google Enterprise Blog:
A Little Help for our Friends
Discussion: WebGuild
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.
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 …
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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Play The News: Google App Engine  —  There has been a lot of talk on the web over the last few days about Google App Engine.  We've analyzed it here on ReadWriteWeb.  Now it's your turn to have your say.  We've created, via a new app from Impact Games, an interactive game …
 
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Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn
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Statistics on Friendfeed usage provide interesting insights
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Consider Your Needs, Then Use This Guide To Buying a Laptop
Discussion: MacDailyNews
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Should I.S.P.'s Tell You if They Want to Track Your Surfing?
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Woohoo, broke 3,000 subscribers today!  New readers: Feel free to intro yourselves
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Top Botnets Control One Million Hijacked Computers
Discussion: The Register
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Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Microsoft Details IE 8 Security Default Change
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Mozilla Fennec takes browser fight to handhelds
CNNMoney.com:
Cell phone alert system proposed
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Stiffs Nonprofits, Launches Second Rate Widget Builder With No Hosting
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German publishers grudgingly allow Google to display news snippets in search results without compensation

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Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

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Media organizations compete with and need to learn from tech start-ups in recruiting young talent

 
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