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4:25 PM ET, April 14, 2008

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b2i.us:
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 …
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Don Reisinger / CNET News.com:
Blockbuster's pending acquisition of Circuit City is laughable
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Blockbuster sees media convergence; Offers to buy Circuit City
Reuters:   Blockbuster offers up to $1.3 bln for Circuit City
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
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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.
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:
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nick “The Slasher” Denton cuts loose three blogs: Gridskipper …
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google mapping spec now an industry standard  —  Members of an industry group called the Open Geospatial Consortium have approved Google's KML technology as an open standard for describing some geographic data.  —  KML is used to manage the display of geospatial information in Google Earth …
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Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
KML: A new standard for sharing maps
Discussion: Official Google Blog
Verizon:
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 …
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 salesforce.com customers.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive Opening Menlo Park Office; Big Acquisition Needed?  —  CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS), the digital media arm of CBS, is finally opening up a fully staffed office in Menlo Park, CA, in an apparent attempt stir innovation and content development...this comes about 18 months …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At CBS, Bad News Doesn't End at 7
InfoWorld:
Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight  —  Microsoft unveiled on Monday new content partners for its Silverlight technology and provided details of a forthcoming DRM (digital rights management) technology for its multimedia platform.  —  The company made these announcements …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The press becomes the press-sphere  —  One problem I've had with much discussion about the future of news lately is that it's too press-centric.  It focuses on the press as if it were at the center of the world, as if it owned news, as if news depended on it, as if solving the press' problems solves news.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Google XSS  —  Now, normally when I find an XSS vulnerability on a popular domain I just report it to the appropriate security team and move on, but this one is interesting...  By taking advantage of the content-type returned by spreadsheets.google.com (and a caching flaw on the part of Google) …
Discussion: Netcraft and Security Watch
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
With Highfield gone, the BBC must now open up  —  As Ashley Highfield leaves the post of the BBC's director of future media and technology to head up Project Kangaroo (the joint online video platform for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4) one wonders what a startup - or even several startups …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges graphics glitch with latest notebooks  —  Apple is investigating problems with its new Penryn-based Intel notebooks that cause flickering and graphics corruption during media playback and web browsing.  —  The two issues have been widely reported by users …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
The Boy Genius Report:
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!  —  What could possibly be better than your 52 inch Sony XBR5 TV?  The XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8, of course!  If there was any doubt about Sony's seriousness with the XBR line, we can safely put that to rest right now.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
That's Rich: FM Publishing Gets Big Valuation  —  Federated Media Publishing has raised between $40 million in $50 million in Series C funding at a $200 million pre-money valuation, peHUB has learned.  Oak Investment Partners led the round, with return backers like Omidyar Network also participating.
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.
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.
 
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