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2:50 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.”
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: and WinBeta
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:   Streaming Office vs True Web Apps
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
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
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 …
Ulf Waschbusch / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Google on the iPhone makes News, goes around the world and to your Apps domain  —  Google fürs iPhone jetzt auch in deutsch!  Et en français .. en in Nederlands and in many more languages.  When we launched our new Google interface for the iPhone at Macworld in San Francisco last January …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sezmi looks to provide alternative for cable / satellite, confuse everyone  —  In case you're not content with just keeping your current cable / satellite / fiber TV service and using the recently launched ZvBox to pull in content from the web, a new startup is aiming to satisfy your bizarre desires.
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Intel puts another foot into 10GbE
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Discussion: Electronista
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Deluded SCO CEO on witness stand: “Linux is a copy of UNIX”
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