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12:45 PM 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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET
Blockbuster's pending acquisition of Circuit City is laughable  —  Reuters is reporting that Blockbuster has offered Circuit City between $1 billion to $1.3 billion to acquire the floundering electronics retailer.  And now, all that's left for us to do is laugh.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Crazy Blockbuster Circuit City Bid Great News For Netflix
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blockbuster: Carl Icahn Loves Our Circuit City Bid. Really (BBI)
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?
Scott Holden / The Official Salesforce Blog:
Introducing Salesforce for Google Apps  —  Today we are excited to announce that we have expanded our partnership with Google and together have delivered an industry-changing new product called Salesforce for Google Apps.  It went live last night at 11pm PST to all customers.
Discussion: Digital Daily, CRM FYI and Changing Way
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google and Why don't they merge?
Discussion: CNET
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Google's “five year plan” to get into Enterprise continues
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google-Salesforce Deal Shows Google Not Insane, Microsoft Disruption Continues
Discussion: Pattern Finder
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 …
Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Persistent Storage for Amazon EC2
RightScale Blog:
Amazon takes EC2 to the next level with persistent storage volumes
Discussion: bytes|genes
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
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nick Denton “Pruning” Gawker Media, Ditching Three Sites  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton is “rationalizing” his blog business by spinning off three underperforming sites: Wonkette, Gridskipper and Idolator.  The sites will find new homes/owners as follows:
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
Verizon Wireless Offers Smartphone Users Unlimited Web Browsing And Access To Favorite E-mail Accounts  —  For customer inquiries, please call 800-922-0204 or go to  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Multi-tasking moms, tech savvy young professionals, and entrepreneurs will be able to access e-mail …
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!
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Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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The press becomes the press-sphere
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
That's Rich: FM Publishing Gets Big Valuation
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
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Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily:
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Discussion: Gadgetell
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When one headset just isn't enough  —  Another case of life imitating art.
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Young tech giants give to Obama
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET
T-Mobile betting on 3G to close on high-speed competitors
Discussion: eWeek and DSLreports
AOL lands Verizon advertising deal
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3G iPhone: What we know and what we don't
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Profile redesign pushed back several weeks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquired By Live Universe
Discussion: GigaOM and Valleywag