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7:55 AM ET, April 28, 2008


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Marc Andreessen /
If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo  —  We have seen extensive press coverage of Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo over the last few months, including notably excellent coverage from Silicon Alley Insider and the Wall Street Journal.  However, I have not seen a detailed analysis …
Discussion: Mashable!
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Confronts Tough Choice on Yahoo  —  Steve Ballmer is facing one of the biggest decisions of his career: Walk away from Microsoft Corp.'s $42.7 billion acquisition offer for Yahoo Inc. or launch the largest hostile takeover battle in tech-industry history.
Discussion: BoomTown, Gizmodo and Technology Live
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will The Microsoft Hammer Fall This Week? … That three week deadline expired on Saturday.  So what happens next?  —  Citigroup's Mark Mahaney says in an April 25 report there is a 45% chance of a merger at a price somewhat higher than the initial bid, a 40% chance that Microsoft will go hostile …
Discussion: WebProNews
John Markoff / New York Times:
A Google Prototype for a Precision Image Search  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Google researchers say they have a software technology intended to do for digital images on the Web what the company's original PageRank software did for searches of Web pages.  —  On Thursday at the International World Wide Web Conference …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Experiments With Next Generation Image Search  —  Two Google scientists presented a paper (pdf embedded below) at the World Wide Web Conference in Beijing last week that outlines their vision for the future of image search.  —  Notably, the new image search technology …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Says Yes With Mesh  —  Back in the good old days, big software companies did big things.  Little companies tiptoed around in the shadow of the platform makers, gaining enough speed to liftoff and attract enough attention to survive long enough to be acquired.
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang 04.25.08  —  The Gillmor Gang - Marc Canter …
Discussion: //steve clayton
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
When Young Teachers Go Wild on the Web  —  Public Profiles Raise Questions of Propriety and Privacy  —  It's almost like Googling someone: Log on to Facebook.  Join the Washington, D.C., network.  Search the Web site for your favorite school system.  And then watch the public profiles …
Sarah Lacy:
Twitter Raises $20 M?  That's News, Why?  —  Twitter has raised between $15 m and $20 m according to Cnet.  Twitter's next round of cash has been a subject of much blogging and speculation and scrambling around trying to get the scoop.  I haven't been doing any of that, frankly.
I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Early Adopters: Attention Is Migrating to FriendFeed  —  Based on the reaction to a recent post about Twitter early adopters, it's clear there's an appetite to understand when trends emerge and applications migrate across the technology adoption lifecycle.  —  To that end, there are important updates about FriendFeed.
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Golden Years of Television Find New Life on the Web  —  Is there still money to be made from “Matlock”?  —  Within the last few months, television distributors have opened up their libraries of classic content online, making thousands of episodes of programs like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” available free.
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Digg
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Take a Picture of an Ad, Earn a Reward  —  Two men's magazines are trying to engage their readers more — by increasing their cellphone bills.  —  Rolling Stone and Men's Health are both testing programs in which readers can take cameraphone pictures of icons on ads, then send them to a certain number.
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Cartoons of a Racist Past Lurk on YouTube  —  Among the millions of clips on the video-sharing Web site YouTube are 11 racially offensive Warner Brothers cartoons that have not been shown in an authorized release since 1968.  —  Some of the cartoons were removed on April 16.
Foxconn to assemble 3G iPhones with shipments to total 24-25 million units, says paper  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for the assembly of second-generation iPhones from Apple supporting 3G, with shipments to begin in June this year …
Discussion: Engadget
Fred / A VC:
Aggregation Wins - Not So Fast  —  I was thinking about the twin techs tonight while I was doing the dishes.  That being Techcrunch and Techmeme.  I was thinking about the chart that shows how Techmeme has overtaken Techcrunch because it's better to read a link heavy page that aggregates …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Stuart J. Johnston / Washington Post:
Hackers Focus Efforts on Firefox, Safari
Discussion: and Digg
Grand Theft Auto receives acclaim
Beautiful to use: Nokia unveils three new handsets that merge …
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Citizen Journalists and Responsibility
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
iTunes Store May Capture One-Quarter of Worldwide Music by 2012
Discussion: Podcasting News, Mashable! and Digg
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
FM Media Looks To Invest In Content Companies And Tie Up Multi-Year Ad Contracts
Bob Rudis / The Apple Blog:
Read RSS Newsfeeds In Style With “Times”
Discussion: SurfBits
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Reluctantly, a Daily Stops Its Presses, Living Online
Discussion: PressThink
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Guevin / CNET
EU launches second test satellite for Galileo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD launches ‘business class’ Phenom, Athlon chips
Discussion: eWeek, TG Daily and CNET
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Users Demand Expertise at How-To Web Sites
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Demotes News Feed Preferences
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Why Sharing is Great
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumors: Apple working on iTunes controller for iPhone
Clay Shirky / Here Comes Everybody:
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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