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12:00 PM ET, April 28, 2008

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Does a Yahoo proxy war add up?  —  Microsoft has three clear paths to take with regards to Yahoo acquisition: It can make a hostile bid, raise its offer or walk away and hope for a better price later.  —  Given that Microsoft's “negotiate or else” deadline passed Saturday …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and WebGuild
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will The Microsoft Hammer Fall This Week?
Discussion: WebProNews
Apple:
Apple Updates iMac  —  Now with Faster Processors & Faster Graphics Option  —  Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac.  With prices starting at just $1,199 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple beefs up iMac line  —  Apple on Monday updated its iMac lineup with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.  —  Among the tweaks to the iMac line: The iMac has 2GB of memory standard on most models and offers a 3.06 GHz Intel processor on the 24-inch iMac with more video memory as an option.
Discussion: PC World, TG Daily, Gearlog and Electronista
Content Consumer:
The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment  —  Introduction  —  I've toyed with Linux since 2002, when I first installed Mandrake.  With the latest release of Ubuntu, I was interested to see how far Linux had come since then in terms of being used easily by the mainstream.
Discussion: TeleRead, TechBlog, Slashdot and Digg
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 …
Verizon:
1Q 2008 HIGHLIGHTS  —  Consolidated Results  — 57 cents in EPS and 61 cents in adjusted EPS before discontinued operations (non-GAAP), compared with 1Q 2007 EPS of 51 cents and 54 cents, respectively.  — $23.8 billion in revenues, up 5.5 percent; $4.3 billion in operating income, up 14.1 percent.
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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Experiments With Next Generation Image Search
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
All the rage in Europe: Firefox market share climbs higher  —  European web metrics company Xiti has published browser market share statistics for March.  The data indicates that the open source Firefox web browser has climbed to almost 29 percent market share in Europe, where it is still steadily increasing in popularity.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Stuart J. Johnston / Washington Post:
Hackers Focus Efforts on Firefox, Safari
Discussion: TechSpot, Switched, TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
GTA IV: entertainment's future  —  When Niko Bellic steps into a New York cityscape next week, he does so with the potential to become a defining figure of our times.  —  This grim-faced ex-soldier will visit prostitutes and casually run down pedestrians, helping to redefine …
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BBC:   Grand Theft Auto receives acclaim
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft internal memo details Windows 7-Windows Live ties  —  In January, I mentioned an internal Microsoft memo I had seen which provided details of how Microsoft plans to more tightly integrate its Windows 7 operating system with Windows Live services.  Today, I'm providing the text …
Discussion: Microsoft2
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Morgan Stanley's March Internet Trends Report: Social Applications Dominating  —  Morgan Stanley's Internet Trends report from last month takes a big turn from previous reports - the focus is nearly 100% on social applications and how they are taking over the Internet (Yahoo apparently read it).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name  —  So I was in Washington, D.C., this past weekend for a lovely wedding, traveling back to a city where I started my career and worked for 15 years after college.  —  And I conducted a little experiment among the more than 100 folks gathered for the wedding …
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
New Jersey Court Says Independent Investigators Can Review E-Voting Machines
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Satellite Is Sexy Again
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitturly Cracks The TwitterMeme Nut
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Broadband 2.0 Poised to Reshape Web, TV
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Black Duck buys Koders
Discussion: eWeek
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia decks execs as it counts cost of free music
Macworld:
Adobe discontinues GoLive
Discussion: Macsimum News and MacUser
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
iTunes Store May Capture One-Quarter of Worldwide Music by 2012
 Earlier Items: 
I'm Not Actually a Geek:
Early Adopters: Attention Is Migrating to FriendFeed
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Take a Picture of an Ad, Earn a Reward
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Cartoons of a Racist Past Lurk on YouTube
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Reluctantly, a Daily Stops Its Presses, Living Online
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Says Yes With Mesh
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Golden Years of Television Find New Life on the Web