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8:00 AM ET, May 1, 2008

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Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay-Craigslist Fight Is About Kijiji and Control, Complaint Shows  —  Last week, eBay sued the classified advertising site Craigslist in a Delaware court.  The suit received widespread coverage but its causes were opaque, since a copy of the complaint was not made public and the parties were not speaking publicly.
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Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   EBay makes public its complaint against Craigslist
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
eBay releases complaint against Craigslist
Discussion: SarahLacy.com
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Details of eBay's complaint against Craigslist revealed
Discussion: craigslist blog and Epicenter
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Raises Yahoo Offer To $32-$33 Through WSJ; YHOO Wants $37*  —  Microsoft (MSFT) leaks news that it is willing to pay $32-$33 for Yahoo—in a last attempt to get Yahoo (YHOO) shareholders to pressure the board to sell.  It adds that Yahoo's dope-smoking board wants “upper $30s.”
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Board Mulls Yahoo Bid But Price Remains Key Issue  —  Microsoft Corp.'s directors are meeting Wednesday to weigh the company's approach in its takeover standoff with Yahoo Inc. and an announcement could come following the meeting, say people familiar with the matter.
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Steve Ballmer to hold town hall at Microsoft tomorrow
Discussion: BoomTown and Search Engine Land
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adobe Open Screen Project opens door for even more Flash  —  Just in case you think Adobe's Flash Player (which powers YouTube and an enormous number of other sites) isn't ubiquitous enough, Adobe is pushing for even greater adoption from developers and designers.
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Adobe moves to broaden Flash reach  —  No doubt, Adobe System's Flash is popular: it's installed on 99 percent of all PCs, according to the company.  —  But when it comes to mobile devices and other non-PC platforms, Flash is an also-ran.  One reason for that situation, according to Adobe …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Adobe's Open Screen Project: Write Once, Flash Everywhere
Discussion: Compiler and Slashdot
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Warner Brothers To Rent Movies Online Sooner  —  There was good news for Apple and Comcast, but bad news for Blockbuster woven into Time Warner's conference call with investors today.  —  Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner's chief executive, said that the company's Warner Brothers studio …
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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Studio films going day-and-date at iTunes Store  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Apple is expected to announce Thursday that it has struck a deal with a wide array of movie studios to sell new releases at its iTunes Store.  —  The move would allow a broad slate of top-shelf films …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gizmodo and Engadget
Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Providing Free Wi-Fi Access to iPhone Users [Updated]  —  A couple of readers have reported that AT&T hotspots are now offering free Wi-Fi access to iPhone users.  Barnes and Noble, Starbucks and presumably AT&T's 71,000 other Wi-fi hotspot locations are now offering iPhone users a custom portal to access free Wi-Fi.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Schmidt says Google still scratching head over YouTube profits  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt likely surprised few by confirming Wednesday that his company's video-sharing powerhouse YouTube isn't quite throwing off lots of cash.  —  It was obvious from Google's earnings reports that YouTube has yet to generate material income.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Claims Less is More on Click-Throughs
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
The Box is the Box: Ambitious TV Startup Sezmi Slated To Launch  —  If you are a regular and longtime reader, you would know I have written about the folly of startups trying to develop delivery boxes for TV, which sit on top of existing cable/satellite/DVR boxes on current TV services.
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Scott Woolley / Forbes:
Cable Killer  —  Sezmi has a bold plan to make cable companies obsolete.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Walks Away From A Microsoft Deal  —  After negotiating over the past few weeks with Microsoft and signing a letter of intent to be acquired, e-mail startup Xobni has walked from the deal, according to a source close to the negotiations.  The deal would have been a natural for Microsoft …
Discussion: A VC and Profy.Com
Nicole Lee / Crave: The gadget blog:
AT&T to launch its Mobile TV on May 4th  —  AT&T just broke the news that it will debut AT&T Mobile TV along with the LG Vu and the Samsung Access on May 4th.  —  As we mentioned a month or so ago, AT&T Mobile TV is the carrier's new live mobile TV service that will broadcast live TV …
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Architecture astronauts take over  —  It was seven years ago today when everybody was getting excited about Microsoft's bombastic announcement of Hailstorm, promising that “Hailstorm makes the technology in your life work together on your behalf and under your control.”  —  What was it, really?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Psystar Open Computer notes, benchmarks and video  —  Okay, so we've been playing with the Psystar Open Computer for a few hours now, and we've formed some early impressions and put together a short video of it in action.  We haven't really tried to stress the system yet …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kongregate Gets $3 Million From Bezos: Growing Fast and About To Unleash Its Games on Facebook  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has invested $3 million into user-generated casual gaming site Kongregate through Bezos Expeditions, his personal investment vehicle.
 
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Microsoft hopes new photo tool will boost Windows
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Status: Looking for Work on Facebook
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
How Nokia Users Drive Innovation
Discussion: i-boy
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
IBM and the resurrection of the mainframe
Discussion: Computerworld
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Why AT&T May Deep-Discount the iPhone
Discussion: Pat Phelan
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
An Outbreak of Caring  —  Tom Maguire, Verizon Communications …
Discussion: Consumer Passion
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo IM for Vista beta—now with voice calls
Discussion: Mashable! and PalmAddicts
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xiaonei, the Facebook of China, raises $430M — better funded than Facebook
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Photosynth gets the CSI treatment
Ryan Block / Engadget:
T-Mobile to debut 3G as voice-only. No data. We're over it.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I've redesigned  —  “Finally,” Om Malik just told me after I told …
Discussion: broadstuff and TechCrunch
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: We're Selling Ads For $75 CPM
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Adobe guru to improve Windows interface
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Firefox 3, del.icio.us, and you  —  Firefox 3 users, rejoice!
Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Thom Yorke: Radiohead's stunt was ‘one-off’