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11:20 AM ET, April 14, 2008


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Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent to Circuit City Chairman …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blockbuster: Carl Icahn Loves Our Circuit City Bid. Really (BBI)
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Retailers break vows on analog TV sales, get FCC wrist slap
Discussion: TG Daily
Arnold Kim / 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
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Company claims to sell Mac clone for $399  —  Source: Psytar (at least until Apple Legal has their morning coffee)  —  Personal technology enthusiasts yearning for the Mac Experience without the Apple Tax—that huge markup that Mac users pay for off-the-shelf PC hardware with OS X—your days of gnashing teeth may be over.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What's wrong with a $399 Mac?
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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft  —  Google and, 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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Google's “five year plan” to get into Enterprise continues
Mike Ricciuti / CNET
Google, Salesforce link up for business apps
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Willcom's D4 MID pumps Vista on Intel Atom, into our hearts  —  Check it out, 'cause you're looking at what must be the world's smallest QWERTY device capable of running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1.  At least it will be when it makes its debut in Japan come June.
Discussion: and Electronista
First Centrino Atom computer coming in June  —  The first portable computer based on Intel's Centrino Atom chip package is coming in June, although it will be bigger and more expensive than such devices were expected to be.  —  Sharp will manufacture the D4 ultramobile PC …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Erik Huggers tipped to replace Ashley Highfield at BBC  —  The former Microsoft executive Erik Huggers is tipped to be the BBC's new director of future media and technology, replacing Ashley Highfield, who is leaving to head the commercial web TV venture Project Kangaroo.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
BBC new media boss leaves
Discussion: BBC Internet Blog
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield to leave BBC for Project Kangaroo
Discussion: PDA
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Third-Party Gmail Redesign Style  —  The Firefox extension Stylish allows you to easily load homemade stylesheets in your browser, to be applied to specific websites.  These custom stylesheets are then able to change a couple of colors or font sizes... or deliver a full-featured redesign of an application.
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitLinks: The Techmeme of Twitter?  —  Just launched today is a new Twitter mashup called Twitlinks.  This one aggregates the latest links posted to Twitter by tech industry pundits.  The end result is a homepage that kind of resembles Techmeme, only without the threading of topics.
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?
Discussion: Valleywag and WebGuild
Hackers exploit poor website code  —  Web designers making very old mistakes are letting malicious hackers hijack visitors to their sites, say experts.  —  Many of the loopholes left in the code created for websites have been known about for almost a decade say the security researchers.
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 …
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Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
I'm caving on comments  —  I know, there's been a lot reference …
Discussion: Gadgetell
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
When one headset just isn't enough  —  Another case of life imitating art.
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Young tech giants give to Obama
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
T-Mobile betting on 3G to close on high-speed competitors
Discussion: eWeek and DSLreports
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Hackers Open New Front in Card Data Thefts
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba Portege R500-12Q surfaces with 128GB SSD
Discussion: Crave, Gadgetell and
AOL lands Verizon advertising deal
China 3G permits may take up to 2 more years: E&Y
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
No harm, no foul, no attorneys' fees for RIAA victim
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: BoomTown and Mashable!
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
What's interesting is what we say it is. Really?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter and inadequacy (er, the great friend divide)
Discussion: Capitol Valley and ParisLemon
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Storage Space, The Final Frontier
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Their passion is Windows XP
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)

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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Among LA Times buyouts, two assistant managing editors and six bureau chiefs leaving

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Vatican Court rejects journalist's bid to drop charges in case over leaked documents

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