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8:25 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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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
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Microsoft May Go Hostile, Yahoo May Announce Google Search Deal
Discussion: eWeek, New York Times and WinBeta
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 and Workbench
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The really interesting FriendFeed page to watch  —  You've seen my ego feed on FriendFeed.  It's the one on the right side of the page on my newly-redesigned blog.  You know, that's where you can find all the crap that +I+ have done on the Internet.  All my Google Reader shared items.
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louisgray.com:
Participate.  Participate.  Participate.  Repeat.  —  Some of the most confused buzzwords in Web 2.0 are those of aggregation and lifestreaming.  —  As evidenced by the many different sites that have debuted offering a single location for differing online activities …
Discussion: Mashable! and SheGeeks
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.
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Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:   Streaming Office vs True Web Apps
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit  —  More office workers infatuated with iPods and iPhones are demanding Macs.  Is business ready?  Is Apple?  —  Istvan Banyai  —  Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond …
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.
Kemp Powers / Reuters:
GTA 4 poised to dominate Xbox Live  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Players of the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game series have always reveled in its unique blend of beatings, shootings and vehicular mayhem.  —  With “Grand Theft Auto 4,” they are taking the carnage online …
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Lawyers, money needed for Psystar's legal battle  —  How much longer can Psystar get away with selling Open Computers?  —  Now that Psystar has satisfied any doubts that it's a real company making real products, the propriety of those products seems bound to be tested.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Coming to America: Getting visas to do business in Silicon Valley  —  One of the parlor tricks I like to perform when starting off any Silicon Valley talk or presentation is to ask the audience to raise their hand if they currently live in the area.  Most people raise their hand.
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
An Ode to RSS, On RSS Awareness Day  —  There's just a few hours left in what should be an international holiday - RSS Awareness Day.  Thought up by the good folks at DailyBlogTips.com and unknown until this morning to even RSS forefather Dave Winer, RSS Awareness Day is a fantastic idea.
Discussion: Widgetbox Blog and Bloggers Blog
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Expression Studio 2 adds Expression Encoder, Silverlight  —  Microsoft Expression Studio is a set of five professional design tools and technologies aimed specifically at web and multimedia developers and designers.  One year after the release of the first version, the software giant …
Discussion: Somasegar's WebLog and Microsoft
 
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
The IBM-Google connection  —  LOS ANGELES—Google Chief Executive …
Mike Mallon / PRWeb:
MvixUSA Launches Ultra Portable HDD-based Hi-Def Media Player
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Get Free Wi-Fi Access on Your Laptop at Starbucks, Barnes and Noble
Discussion: Geek.com and Gadgetell
Ulf Waschbusch / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Google on the iPhone makes News, goes around the world and to your Apps domain
Virtual Earth,An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth Imagery Release - April, 2008
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and LiveSide
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sezmi looks to provide alternative for cable / satellite, confuse everyone
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Little things to Buzz about: Yahoo tweaks social-news service
 Earlier Items: 
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel sales chief promises Atom bombing
Discussion: Electronista
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo Get $100 Million Bill
Discussion: CNET News.com and hypebot
Matt Neuburg / TidBITS:
Prune Your Time Machine Backups Selectively
Neil McAllister / PC World:
Microsoft Backpedals on Windows Updates
Official Google Research Blog:
VisualRank  —  At WWW-2008, in Beijing, China, we presented our paper …
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
House Bill To Create Anti-Piracy Czar Advances
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Get multiple Web chat services on your desktop with 1 application
Wayne Richardson / Ars Technica:
Deluded SCO CEO on witness stand: “Linux is a copy of UNIX”
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