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12:55 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 …
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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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
In Yahoo-Microsoft buyout brawl, a flurry of punches
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Strikes Back, Part 2: Yahoo-AOL May Announce Merger Next Week*
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Decline And Fall of Western Civilization Part III: The Twitter Years  —  Are you feeling Twitter overload, or just sick of hearing about it?  Blogger/Cartoonist/Ad Man Hugh McLeod feels the same way.  He illustrated a post titled Why I Deleted My Twitter Account with the following cartoon:
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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MacTalk News:
Australian iPhone Release Info Given to Resellers by Apple Australia  —  Rumours have been rampant for months since the launch of the iPhone in the USA back mid-2007 regarding Australia's chance to taste the iPhone.  There have been many dates and leaks of false info, so much so that some people …
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 …
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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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
PlayStation 3 Firmware Update 2.30 Brings DTS-HD Master Audio
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs and Electronista
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
NetBlender releases iPhone SDK for Blu-ray integration
Discussion: iLounge and TG Daily
Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Blockbuster eyes streaming to TVs  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - 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.
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Regroups Blogs, Launches AOL Tech Network
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and The Blog Herald
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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MySpaceTV inks international distribution deal  —  The MySpaceTV show ‘Quarterlife’ is going international  —  MySpace is a social-networking site that behaves increasingly like an entertainment conglomerate.  —  MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is expected to announce Thursday morning …
Discussion: Mashable!, AppScout and NewTeeVee
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
MySpace signs TV show deal
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's largest investor doubles down  —  Oh baby.  —  Capital World Investors virtually doubled down on its Yahoo holdings - giving the investment firm a 10.1 percent stake, according to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.  —  Capital World Investors …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Economist:
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: broadstuff and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Karl / DSLreports:
Verizon Advertising: Do As We Say, Not As We Do …
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