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10:55 PM ET, April 22, 2008

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
EBay Files Suit Against Craigslist  —  SAN FRANCISCO — All is not well in eBay's extended family.  —  EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., filed a lawsuit Tuesday in the state of Delaware against Craigslist, the online classified advertising company in which it owns a minority interest.
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Business Wire:
eBay Files Corporate Governance Suit to Protect its Investment in craigslist  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—In order to safeguard its four-year financial investment in craigslist, eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY - News)(www.ebay.com) today filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
eBay Finally Loses Cool: Sues Craigslist Over “Stake Dilution”  —  eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) and Craigslist, never the happy brethren, have barely tolerated each other over the years since the former bought a stake in the online classifieds phenom in 2004.  The two compete head on …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's first quarter good; Not good enough for a higher Microsoft bid; Yang wants more  —  Updated: Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said he was “open to all and any alternatives including a sale to Microsoft” following the company's first quarter results.  The brief comments indicate Yahoo hasn't ruled …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q1 Earnings Released, Revenues and Earnings Above Expectations  —  Update: Erick is live blogging the earnings call.  —  Yahoo released Q1 financials moments ago, and blew through expectations.  Total revenue for the quarter was $1.8 billion, net revenues were $1.35 billion.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Q1 Results Just Good Enough  —  Summary: Yahoo has done what it needed to do: report a solid quarter in the high end of the range.  The results were not a blow-out and certainly could have been higher.  However, they should be enough to allow Yahoo to maintain its current Microsoft stance: no deal unless you raise price.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo Toots Its Horn as It Falls Further Behind
Discussion: Digital Daily and New York Times
Ashlee Vance / The Register:   VMware placates Wall Street with 70 per cent Q1 revenue surge
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
DRM sucks redux: Microsoft to nuke MSN Music DRM keys  —  Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
My Dear John Letter from MSN Music
InfoWorld:
FCC: Comcast blocking was widespread  —  Comcast's slowing of peer-to-peer traffic appeared to be more widespread than the company has disclosed, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday.  —  FCC chairman Kevin Martin, testifying before a Senate committee …
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K.C. Jones / InformationWeek:
FCC Chief Says Comcast Blocked Traffic Even During Slow Times
StreetInsider.com:
Sony Corporation of America to Acquire Gracenote  —  Sony Corporation of America (SCA) announced today that it has signed a merger agreement with Gracenote, Inc. Sony will pay approximately $260 million plus other contingent consideration.  —  “Gracenote is a global leader in technology …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Associated Press
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sony Buys Gracenote for $260M
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Sony Buys Media Metadata And Tech Firm Gracenote For $260 Million Plus
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google sued over advertising program  —  A lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court accuses Google of deceiving its customers into paying for ads they didn't expressly request.  —  When participating in Google's online auction-based advertising system, customers specify what they would be willing …
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us:
You Can Run, But You Can't Hide from FriendFeed  —  I'm working from the press room at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and my pal Marshall Kirkpatrick asked me if I have tried MySocial 24×7, a new tool for keeping up with your FriendFeed firehose.  —  Marshall wrote about it here.
Discussion: The Last Podcast and louisgray.com
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Take Your Friends' Activities Wherever You Go With MySocial 24X7
Discussion: TechCrunch and David Risley
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Twitter Japan launches, with ads  —  Twitter Japan launched Tuesday evening California time, and unlike the English-language version of the popular microblogging site, it will feature ads from the get-go.  —  In a conversation Tuesday evening, Joi Ito, of Digital Garage …
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
To defeat a malicious botnet, build a friendly one  —  Beating the “botnets” - armies of infected computers used to attack websites - requires borrowing tactics from the bad guys, say computer security researchers.  —  A team at the University of Washington, US, want to marshal swarms of good computers to neutralise the bad ones.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Apple's Secret Life  —  Forget Steve Jobs.  —  The time to get the scoop on Apple's (nasdaq: AAPL - news - people ) next move is not when its charismatic founder is pitching the faithful on the computer and gadget maker's next product.  It's when his minions—Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook …
Gary Wolf / Wired News:
Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn?  Surrender to This Algorithm  —  The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade.  Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods …
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Tom Hester / New Jersey Online:
N.J. justices call e-privacy surfers' right
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Search Wikia takes a step closer to the promise of ‘search meets Wikipedia’
Discussion: CenterNetworks
John Fontana / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Targets Low-Cost PC Market
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
I Want to Believe in Ultimate Extras
Discussion: Engadget
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Widgetbox launches portable widget directory for iPhone users
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Linden Lab selects Mark Kingdon as new CEO
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Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Figures Show Some Users May Like Adware
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
TBS To Mac Users: No Seinfeld For You!
InfoWorld:
Cryptography expert: Lots of security software is ‘snake oil’
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Shame On You, John Edwards: The Exploitation Of Web Culture
Discussion: WinExtra and techPresident
David / Signal vs. Noise:
Are you sure you want to be in San Francisco?
Discussion: The Social Times