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11:20 PM ET, April 12, 2008


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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Yahoo-Microsoft Done Deal, Only Question is Price.”  Unless MSFT Walks  —  Eric Savitz at Barrons filters all the noise and comes back to the [likely] conclusion: Nothing has changed, Microsoft's offer is still much more than Yahoo shareholders are likely to get elsewhere, especially if the price goes up.
Discussion: Barron's Online
New York Times:
Yahoo, Weighing Options, Keeps Them Open  —  Yahoo's board met Friday to evaluate Microsoft's takeover bid and other alternatives but did not make a formal decision on which option to pursue, people briefed on the meeting said.  —  Yahoo's board did authorize the company's management …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sorry, I'm Not Buying This New Touchy-Feely Approach To The Music Tax  —  Ethan Kaplan writes a beautiful tribute to the value of music, and how we as a society must come to terms with how we will value it as the business model around recorded music continues to disintegrate.  —  I call BS on the whole post.
Ethan Kaplan /
Reducing Back to Art  —  I've been in the music business for about two years now, nearly two and a quarter.  So long as I've been in this business, there has been discussion about the issues of piracy, value and monetary exchange in a world rapidly converting to digital distribution.
Fabrice Grinda / Musings of an Entrepreneur:
OLX just raised $13.5 million  —  OLX just raised another $13.5 million from General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund and DN Capital.  This brings the total raised to $23.5 million as we had raised $10 million in September 2006 from the same VCs and various angels.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Competitor OLX Raises $13.5M  —  According to co-founder Fabrice Grinda, “OLX is probably the largest classified site no one has ever heard of.”  And now it's also the most funded classified site no one has ever heard of, having secured an additional $13.5M in Series B funding today …
‘Amazon Tax’ Lands in New York  —  Controversial new law shifts collection requirement to online retailers in a move that other states could follow, but legal uncertainties abound.  —  With the passage of the hotly debated state budget last night, New York legislators approved a bill …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Era of blogger's control is over  —  Louis Gray, who is now my favorite blogger who covers what's happening in the social media space, writes a blog post about how bloggers are getting worried about the fracturing of their comments.  It is currently on the top of TechMeme, and since today's Saturday …
Alina Tugend / New York Times:
At a Certain Age, Simplicity Sells in High-Tech Gadgets  —  ALL right, everyone under the age of 40, go run around the block or something.  This column is not for you.  —  It is for people like me, inching toward 50, who are, let us say, not technology-averse, but do not embrace it with the unquestioning love that our children do.
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
GroupTweet Enhances Twitter  —  One of the persistent complaints about Twitter is that it doesn't offer any sort of “group” functionality: messages from everyone you follow come in as a big heap, and anything you say goes to all of your followers.  GroupTweet provides a solution for the second half …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Digital Information 250 Years From Now  —  The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has apparently decided to end its policy of taking a “digital snapshot” of all public congressional and federal web sites after each congressional and presidential term.
Discussion: Computerworld and Slashdot
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
Flat-rate plans may leave carriers gasping for bandwidth  —  The proliferation of unlimited cell phone plans, be they voice, SMS, or data, will result in much greater demands on the infrastructure of the cellular phone companies, according to a new report by market research firm ABI Research.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Wiki FM Lets You Listen to Bands on While Reading their Bios on Wikipedia
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
FCC moves closer to ruling on SMS censorship issue
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
TV Networks Seek Formula for Online Ads
Discussion: and Mashable!
Harrison Hoffman / CNET
The Masters swings for rich Web coverage
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Peter / The Local Onliner:
HyperLocal Efforts Keep Going; OurTown Launches
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Walrath / PC Perspective:
Phil Hester of AMD Resigns
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
Firefox Logo Spied In Deep Space
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and Digg
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Lessons From Twitter: #1  —  A number of years ago now …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Meet Facebook's new number two
Discussion: Mashable!