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1:35 PM ET, April 27, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Senior Yahoos To Jerry: Please, Please, Please Get This Over With  —  Senior Yahoos “dread” the prospect of Microsoft (MSFT) withdrawing its bid, Kara Swisher says, fearing the dull thud as Yahoo's stock crashes to $20.  Specifically, Kara says, having chatted with her Yahoo (YHOO) sources,
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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo mum as Microsoft merger deadline passes  —  (04-26) 17:54 PDT SUNNYVALE — Yahoo Inc. let a Saturday deadline set by Microsoft Corp. to accept a merger pass in silence, setting the stage for the next chapter in the three-month standoff of technology titans.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
PC makers find ways to extend XP's life  —  Facing a June 30 deadline to stop selling PCs with Windows XP, the world's largest computer makers are getting creative.  —  Taking advantage of the “downgrade rights” offered as part of the Windows Vista license agreement, Hewlett-Packard and Dell …
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Dell to Sell XP after June 30, Microsoft to Pretend They're Selling Vista to Save Face  —  While we've heard Microsoft hint at keeping XP on store shelves longer than they initially stated due to the, well, boatload of people who want nothing to do with Vista, Dell is the first retailer …
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Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Dell promises to protect business customers' right not to use Vista
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Filesharing Report Shows Explosive Growth for uTorrent  —  The data presented here are based on a sample of over a million PCs (Windows only), and were gathered by PC Pitstop.  —  A few months we already reported that uTorrent overtook Azureus' position as the most installed BitTorrent application, and this trend continues.
Discussion: Mashable!, DSLreports, Beet.TV and Digg
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
GAPINGVOID: A NEW DIRECTION?  —  [Tablet PC sketch of what I have in mind.  Click on image to enlarge etc.]  —  One of the things I like about Twitter is that it allows you to have instant feedback from lots of people while you're thinking out-loud.  —  Case in point: If you have been following …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
You Didn't Realize It, But You Really Want Those Twitter Messages In Your Calendar  —  Belgium-based Twistory launched into private beta today at MobileWebCamp.  —  It's a very simple tool, built by Tijs Vrolix to show off his coding and design skills: Subscribe to messages from any Twitter user …
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
Soulxtc / Zeropaid File Sharing P2P Technology News:
Metallica Now Embraces File-Sharing? … New interview says that they've been “observing Radiohead and Trent Reznor,” and that for its next album fans can expect “everything in terms of possibilities with the Internet.”  —  It was back in 2000 that Metallica discovered a demo of its song …
Palluxo!:
LEAKED: Apple to Licence Haptic Technology for iPhone  —  Apple Inc is in talks with Immersion Corporation to licence Haptic Technology for its iPhone.  Immersion Corporation on Thursday announced that they have appointed former Apple executive Clent Richardson to the position of President and CEO.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Missed Twitter Questions from Jonathan Schwartz Interview at Web 2.0 Expo  —  In the Jonathan Schwartz interview at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco yesterday, I screwed up.  After learning we weren't set up for audience Q&A with microphones, I thought, “well then, I'll just suggest …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Social insurance?  Naw.  —  For my book, I've been thinking about a few industries that I think are impervious to social, Google-age, web-2.0, VRM goodness; we are bound to hate them.  —  Take insurance.  I can't see any way that I'm going to see insurance as a social experience.
 
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