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3:14 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.
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.
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):
New York Times:
News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft  —  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, Microsoft's MSN and News Corporation's MySpace …
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.
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.
Rafat Ali /
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 …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Quote du Jour: MSFT/YHOO/AOL/NWS/etc.  —  Quote of the day comes in the dizzying Perils of Pauline-style adventure that is MSFT's attempt to buy YHOO.  —  Recall: At the end of Episode 26 the evil MSFT had forlorn YHOO strapped to the tracks, saying YHOO has only three minutes to give …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Striptease
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Yahoo turns to Google for help
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Report: Yahoo & AOL Approaching A Deal
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.
Anne Broache / CNET
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
FBI probe: Lieberman campaign to blame for crashing own Web site
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.
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.
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
Official Google Enterprise Blog:
A Little Help for our Friends
Discussion: WebGuild
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 …
Stephen Shankland /
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 …
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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
AMD finally ships quad-core Opterons
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and TG Daily
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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 (TSCM)
PC World:
First Look: Adobe Media Player
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
How IT can save us from recession
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Handing Out $50 to HD DVD Victims
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Stiffs Nonprofits, Launches Second Rate Widget Builder With No Hosting
Discussion: Beth's Blog