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5:20 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
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! …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Microsoft May Go Hostile, Yahoo May Announce Google Search Deal  —  After a pretty quiet several weeks, the Microsoft-Yahoo battle is suddenly getting a lot louder.  After Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said early Thursday he might walk out on its offer to buy Yahoo, the Internet portal floated the likelihood of a Google search ad deal.
Discussion: WinBeta
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Decision Time at 1 p.m. PDT 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 and Workbench
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
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: All Facebook
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, AppScout, Salon and I4U News
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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 …
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.
Discussion: louisgray.com
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
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 …
Discussion: Cult of Mac and Byte of the Apple
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 …
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.
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Expression Studio 2 adds Expression Encoder, Silverlight
Discussion: Somasegar's WebLog and eWeek
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
Shane McGlaun / I4U News:
Qmotions to Bring Next Gen Wireless Controllers to Xbox
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo Get $100 Million Bill
 Earlier Items: 
The Earth Times Online Newspaper:
Hitachi to Showcase the World's First UltraThin Line of Displays …
Discussion: Engadget HD and CNET News.com
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
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”
Discussion: OSDir.com and Digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Early adopter angst
Eric Taub / Bits:
Blu-ray: The Future Has Been Delayed