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1:10 AM ET, May 2, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Can Build Ad Business Without Buying Yahoo  —  Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said he is confident that his company can build a competitive online-advertising business without buying Yahoo Inc., but that it “could just take more time.”
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Ballmer Tells Microsoft Troops He's Not Insane: Willing To Walk Away From Yahoo  —  Steve Ballmer said there's nothing new to report about Microsoft-Yahoo!, but he did use the presentation to the employees to explain the motivation for going after Yahoo!, take some shots at a Google-Yahoo! …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Decision Time at 1 p.m. PDT Today?  —  Memo to Yahoo from Microsoft: We will begin bombing in 30 minutes!  —  Whether it is love-bombing or the other kind, it's still a mystery to BoomTown.  —  But, according to sources close to Microsoft (MSFT), as early as today …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Said To Be Abandoning Ruby on Rails  —  We're hearing this from multiple sources: After nearly two years of high profile scaling problems, Twitter is planning to abandon Ruby on Rails as their web framework and start from scratch with PHP or Java (another solution is to stick …
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Ruby, Rails Give Twitter Its Tweet  —  Twitter's reliance on Ruby and Ruby on Rails proves the language's resilience.  —  As the maker of one of the largest applications using Ruby on Rails on the Web, Twitter knows a thing or two about scaling applications built with the popular development framework.
Discussion: WebGuild, Workbench and VentureBeat
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
MySpace Begins Charging for Application Promotion  —  Last week, MySpace opened up their applications for everybody.  By adding an “apps” link to the top of the MySpace header, they began driving users to the applications page.  The initial applications page used to be a simple directory.
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
MySpace Apps: Not So Democratic After All As Success Goes on Sale
Discussion: BBC NEWS and All Facebook
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Age and the Entrepreneur  —  A while back Fred Wilson started a firestorm with a series of three posts (1, 2 and 3) about age and the entrepreneur.  The gist: He was seeing more and more young tech entrepreneurs, most of them under 30, and some even in their teens, and he wondered aloud …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Will Grand Theft Auto IV Hurt Iron Man's Opening Weekend Sales?  —  from the the-media-landscape-has-expanded... dept  —  While Marvel's lawyers have been doing plenty of work on their own to hurt interest in the new movie Iron Man, some are suggesting an even more interesting scenario …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Salon, AppScout and I4U News
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Found: Yang's Lost Microsoft Money  —  Note to Yahoo! Chief Executive Jerry Yang.  —  Word is that you are trying to wring a few more bucks out of Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) for your struggling Web portal.  —  Maybe this will help: The state of California says you have $3,008.46 worth …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo Get $100 Million Bill  —  A Federal Court found today that AOL, Real Networks and Yahoo owe $100million to songwriters and composers as back payment for streaming music online.  —  The court ruled on a request from the American Society of Composers …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Listening Post
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
What the ASCAP music decision means for consumers
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
Apple:
Purchase New Movies on iTunes Same Day as DVD Release  —  Apple® today announced that new movie releases from major film studios and premier independent studios are available for purchase on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) on the same day as their DVD release.
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: Apple enables movie purchasing on Apple TV
Discussion: PC World, Macworld and Engadget HD
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Does Data Portability: Is This All We Get?  —  Social news site Digg announced today that it has added semantic markup to fields throughout its site as well as adding support for a handful of key microformats.  By adding RDFa and DublinCore markup to news item pages …
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Steve Williams / Digg the Blog:
Digg Rolls Out DataPortability Enhancements
Discussion: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Get multiple Web chat services on your desktop with 1 application  —  The other day we told you how to get Facebook chat in your browser's sidebar, but what about if you want to run it as a standalone desktop application?  If you're a Mac user you're in luck with Gabtastik from Mesa Dynamics.
Eric Taub / Bits:
Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed  —  Hot on the heels of last week's report from ABI Research noting that many consumers may not see the picture quality difference between Blu-ray and standard DVDs comes the latest Blu-ray sales figures from NPD Group.  And they're not pretty.
Neil McAllister / PC World:
Microsoft Backpedals on Windows Updates  —  Microsoft has withdrawn Vista SP1 from automatic delivery in the wake of news that XP SP3 can cause data corruption in business apps.  —  Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it was delaying the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 due …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Report: Yahoo getting serious about Google ad deal  —  Yahoo could announce a deal within a week to carry Google search ads, potentially including a nonexclusive arrangement to allay antitrust concerns, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.  —  Yahoo and Google recently concluded …
Randall Kennedy / Enterprise Desktop:
Streaming Office: Death knell for Google Apps?  —  It's the holy grail of punditry: You make a bold, unconventional prediction that's way out in front of an emerging trend, then get to gloat as that prediction comes true.  In my case, the prediction involved Microsoft's recently (at the time) acquired SoftGrid technology.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs and CenterNetworks
Wayne Richardson / Ars Technica:
Deluded SCO CEO on witness stand: “Linux is a copy of UNIX”  —  SALT LAKE CITY—Last August, the nail was poised over SCO's coffin when Judge Dale Kimball ruled that Novell never relinquished the copyrights to UNIX, but nobody really knew when it would be driven home.
Discussion: OSDir.com, OSNews and Digg
 
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Virtual Earth,An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - April, 2008
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sezmi looks to provide alternative for cable / satellite, confuse everyone
Austin Modine / The Register:
Intel puts another foot into 10GbE
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Little things to Buzz about: Yahoo tweaks social-news service
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel sales chief promises Atom bombing
Discussion: Electronista
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Hitachi to Showcase the World's First UltraThin Line of Displays …
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Electronic Border Searches: An Open Letter
Discussion: Ars Technica and The Register
ITIF Tech Policy Podcast:
Explaining International Broadband Leadership
Discussion: Computerworld and DEMO.com
Official Google Research Blog:
VisualRank  —  At WWW-2008, in Beijing, China, we presented our paper …
Discussion: WebProNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Brings NBC (and FOX) Back to YouTube
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Ships Expression Studio 2
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Early adopter angst
Robin Cannon / Search Engine Journal:
Is Google Trumping The URL?
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Adobe seeks to extend reach of Flash, nukes licensing fees
 

 
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