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3:35 AM ET, May 1, 2008

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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.
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
Jackson West / Valleywag:
Details of eBay's complaint against Craigslist revealed
Discussion: craigslist blog and Epicenter
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
eBay releases complaint against Craigslist
Discussion: SarahLacy.com
CNBC.com:
Exclusive Interview With Google's Eric Schmidt  —  CNBC's Maria Bartiromo sat down with Google  —  [GOOG Loading...  (%) ] CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt Tuesday at the Milken Conference in Los Angeles to discuss Google's growth and U.S. slowdown, the possibility of a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo! …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Schmidt says Google still scratching head over YouTube profits
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:   Google Claims Less is More on Click-Throughs
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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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart, the clamshell flip phone?  We're unveiling it to you for the first time!  —  Are you ready, people?  We've been holding this info for a while now trying to confirm it, but no more!  We have here pictures of a new BlackBerry device.  It is a BlackBerry clamshell — a flip phone and codenamed the Kickstart!
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I've redesigned  —  “Finally,” Om Malik just told me after I told him about my redesigned blog that just went live.  We were just on a panel discussion talking to Google's sales team.  —  Some things you'll notice: a prominent FriendFeed component.  I've really become addicted to FriendFeed.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Robert Scoble Sell Out Complete
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: Profy.Com
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.
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:
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.
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: We're Selling Ads For $75 CPM  —  LinkedIn (SAI 25 #8) may have been trampled by the likes of Facebook (SAI 25 #1) and MySpace in terms of users, but at least it can sell advertising.  Kevin Eyres, LinkedIn's managing director for Europe, told IDG the social network for careerists …
Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Thom Yorke: Radiohead's stunt was ‘one-off’  —  Band won't offer unpriced downloads again  —  LONDON — They turned the music sales model on its head, but indie rockers Radiohead won't be repeating their decision to let fans choose what to pay for their downloads, frontman Thom Yorke told The Hollywood Reporter.
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 …
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?
 
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Andrew Wallenstein / Reuters:
Studio films going day-and-date at iTunes Store
Discussion: Engadget
Rocketboom:
Wednesday, April 30, 2008: Before The LOL at ROFLCon
Discussion: Laughing Squid
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
An Outbreak of Caring  —  Tom Maguire, Verizon Communications …
Discussion: Consumer Passion
John Markoff / New York Times:
H.P. Reports Big Advance in Memory Chip Design
Discussion: Engadget and CNET News.com
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
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Photosynth gets the CSI treatment
Discussion: USA Today, Switched and Mashable!
Ryan Block / Engadget:
T-Mobile to debut 3G as voice-only. No data. We're over it.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Time 100 Includes Ballmer, Jobs, Allen, Rock Band Creators …
Discussion: paidContent and Digg
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Explaining the Cognitive Surplus
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Closes Big Funding Round
Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics for Blogger now in private beta
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Firefox 3, del.icio.us, and you  —  Firefox 3 users, rejoice!
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Zenbe: Next-Generation Webmail, With A Platform Twist
Discussion: Searchviews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.
Discussion: CrunchGear