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3:25 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 …
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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
There is an Alternative Path to Liquidity, VCs just ignore it  —  Fred Wilson asks a very good question: … Here's what I think:  —  The major problem entrepreneurs face is knowing that the IPO market isn't an option.  They also know that their companies aren't necessarily IPO-worthy.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Valleywag
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.
Rex Hammock /   Is Hugh MacLeod about to be a trend story?
Ted Rheingold / Spidey Senses:
Twitter is to Blogging what Telegrams were to Airmail
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 …
Erica Ogg / CNET
Blockbuster considering set-top box for movie downloads
Discussion: CinemaTech
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 …
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 …
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
mediaFORGE Launches Interactive Widget Ads  —  mediaFORGE has launched a new interactive ad platform that marries banner ads and widgets.  —  mediaFORGE's widget focused offering adds fully customizable widgets as a rollover to traditional ads.  As visitors roll over the ad …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
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.
Andrew Shotland / Local SEO Guide:
Grayboxx Gets Darker - Sells to Bay Advisor  —  Bob Chandra, CEO of Grayboxx, a local search start-up, just informed me that the company is selling its IP to Bay Advisor.  Grayboxx launched last year with a lot of industry interest in their “Preference Scoring” algorithm.
Discussion: GigaOM and Screenwerk
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo's largest investor doubles down  —  Yahoo's largest institutional investor nearly doubled its stake in the Internet search pioneer, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.  —  Capital World Investors increased its Yahoo stake to 10.1 percent …
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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
FCC greenlights text message emergency alert system  —  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a plan on Thursday to team up with wireless carriers for emergency text message alerts.  —  Cellular service providers can opt into the new system, called the Commercial Mobile Alert System …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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