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7:25 AM ET, April 14, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance  —  On Monday, Google and Salesforce are officially announcing the complete integration of Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, and Gtalk) and Salesforce's online enterprise apps.  TechCrunch broke the story last week.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft  —  Google and Salesforce.com, two of Microsoft's most conspicuous rivals, are expanding a 10-month-old collaboration in an effort to accelerate their sales of customer management and office software to businesses.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Google, Salesforce link up for business apps  —  It has hardly been a well-kept secret.  Now, Salesforce.com and Google have made it official: they're linking up to offer Google Apps integrated with Salesforce.com's CRM (customer relationship management) applications.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
Salesforce Announces Integration With Google Apps
Discussion: WebProNews and InfoWorld
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:   Cloud Watching: Google and Salesforce.com Band Together
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquired By Live Universe  —  Pageflakes, an Ajax home page service that originally launched in Germany in late 2005, has been acquired by Los Angeles based Live Universe, sources tell us.  The deal has not yet been announced, and both Live Universe and Pageflakes refuse to comment.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?
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Arn / MacRumors:
‘OpenMac’ Promises $399 Headless Mac... But Not From Apple  —  A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called “OpenMac” which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts.  For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:  — 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Mr. Philip J. Schoonover / PR Newswire:
Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI - News) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC - News) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Blockbuster sees media convergence; Offers to buy Circuit City  —  Here's a deal where 1 + 1 = 0.5: Blockbuster is offering to acquire Circuit City for “a least $6 a share.”  —  Blockbuster went public on Monday (statement) with an offer to buy Circuit City.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter and inadequacy (er, the great friend divide)  —  I'm tracking the new “friend divide.”  What is it?  —  Well, compare your experiences on a number of services when you only have one friend vs., say, 500.  Look at Upcoming.org.  Have only one friend?  It really is empty looking and there's not much value.
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MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
How to Lose Followers and Alienate a Community
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3G iPhone: What we know and what we don't  —  In the last several weeks, rumors and speculation about the upcoming 3G version of the iPhone have greatly multiplied.  The reasons for this sudden increase in noise could could be any number of things, but seasoned Apple-rumor-followers …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Storage Space, The Final Frontier  —  Developers who have found our cloud computing model attractive have been asking us to be a little bit more open about what we are planning to do in the future.  To date we've simply announced new additions to the Amazon Web Services lineup …
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)  —  It's not easy to write a book.  First you have to pick a title.  And then there is the table of contents.  If you want the book to be categorized, either by a bookseller or a library, it has to be assigned …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
No harm, no foul, no attorneys' fees for RIAA victim  —  A hotly contested file-sharing case involving a man whose adult daughter admitted to sharing files over LimeWire has been dismissed, much to the dismay of the defendant and despite an amicus brief (PDF) filed by the EFF.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
What's interesting is what we say it is.  Really?  —  With the annual Web 2.0 conference only a week away, we're about to get bombarded with the latest avalanche of marketing hype about technologies that are supposed to change our lives.  And if past is prologue, I'm quite sure …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Incredibly Shrinking Music Biz — EMI Shutting Down Some Asian Offices — EMI, one of the global music majors, is shutting down some of its offices in Asia.  Offices in Thailand and Singapore have already been shuttered, while regional headquarters in Hong King are ready for the grim reaper, Music 2.0 reports.
Discussion: Voices
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Maths / Music 2.0:
EMI Closing Asian Offices - Major Labels' Global Foibles Exposed
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Reuters:
China 3G permits may take up to 2 more years: E&Y
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield to leave BBC for Project Kangaroo
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft may be barred from EU public procurement procedure
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Profile redesign pushed back several weeks
Discussion: Mashable!
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Their passion is Windows XP
Discussion: broadstuff and Wired News
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: We're serious about Internet safety and privacy
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
March Madness On Demand Stats: 4.7 Million Unique Video Player Users …
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Beaming Online Services Toward Blacks
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Shyftr Responds to Critics, Alters RSS Commenting Strategy
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
YouTorrent Goes Legal, and Up For Sale
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Starts to Index the Invisible Web
Discussion: Datawocky
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GrandCentral Offline: If You Wanna Be A Phone Company, You Can't Go Dead
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AlertThingy, The FriendFeed Desktop Application, Launches
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Virgin Media CEO Says Net Neutrality is “A Load of Bollocks”