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3:30 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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another reason Microsoft should give up on Yahoo: Morale
Discussion: WinExtra
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will The Microsoft Hammer Fall This Week?
Richard Waters / Financial Times:   Microsoft faces critical decision over Yahoo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: Does a Yahoo proxy war add up?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Discussion: TG Daily, Gearlog and Electronista
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video: Psystar in the Wild  —  It's alive.  Reader Patrick (Whiskeyfrown) is lucky enough to be using one of the few Psystar Open Computing machines that have made it into the wild, and he was generous enough to make a video showing the machine (including the connections in the back to the monitor to show that it's legit).
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni's Secret Project: Merge Outlook With Yahoo Mail  —  E-mail startup Xobni may or may not be in acquisition talks with Microsoft (they say no), but they do have a nifty project up their sleeves that Microsoft would be interested in, especially if its proposed Yahoo deal ever goes through.
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).
Discussion: The Social Times
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
At Journal, the Words Not Spoken  —  On Wednesday night, employees of The Wall Street Journal gathered in the Grill Room at the World Financial Center to bid farewell to Stuart Karle, the former general counsel of The Journal, a tenacious defender of journalism who is regarded as a reporter's lawyer.
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Murdoch's ‘Head of Content’
Discussion: Gawker
DigiTimes:
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 …
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 …
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Broadband 2.0 Poised to Reshape Web, TV  —  The advent of DSL and cable modems gave rise to a slew of popular web services, produced multibillion dollar companies and reshaped consumers' daily lives — all with relatively wimpy “broadband” connections that top out at a mere 3 to 6 megabits per second (Mbps).
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Zoho adds VB macros, pivot tables to its Web spreadsheet  —  Zoho continues its quest to build the most comprehensive online productivity suite, adding support for macros and pivot tables in its spreadsheet, Zoho Sheet.  —  The new version includes support for Visual Basic (VB) …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: New Sidekicks on the way  —  TmoNews seems to have the inside scoop that there may be two new Sidekicks being announced in late July.  The SK Gekko is slated for July 27th and the Sidekick Aspen should surface on the 30th.  It's unclear whether or not these are new devices or anything else, really.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Web Site Optimization:
Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2003  —  The size of the average web page has more than tripled since 2003.  From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K (see Figure 1), some 233% (Domenech et al.  2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008).  During the same five-year period …
Discussion: WebGuild, Slashdot and Valleywag
 
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google forges ahead with next generation of image search
Brittany Sauser / Technology Review:
Computerized Combat Glove
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Bungee integrates with the power of Amazon EC2
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Launching The SAI 25: The World's Most Valuable Digital Startups
Discussion: TechCrunch and SarahLacy.com
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Real Threat to Google
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Verizon Climbs; Q1 Nearly In Line; Strong Wireless, FiOS
Discussion: Digital Daily, Verizon and GigaOM
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
U.S. newspaper circulation falls 3.6 percent
Discussion: paidContent.org
DigiTimes:
Asustek plans to make Eee an independent brand, 10- and 11-inch Eee PCs on the way
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Blockbuster starts selling video games and consoles
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
STEC Reportedly Wins MacBook Air Solid-State Drive Biz
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
AMD launches first computer brand
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Dancing tot's mom faces setback in YouTube-Prince case
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Ars Technica
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel lands Cray
Discussion: CNET News.com and Electronista
Chrisbrogan Com / chrisbrogan.com:
On Managing A Community
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitturly Cracks The TwitterMeme Nut
Discussion: Scripting News
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia decks execs as it counts cost of free music
Discussion: mocoNews.net and hypebot
 

 
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