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10:55 AM ET, May 3, 2008


 Top Items: 
New York Times:
Higher Offer by Microsoft Brings Yahoo to Table  —  After a three-month standoff, Microsoft was in active merger talks with Yahoo on Friday, several people involved in the discussions said.  —  Microsoft, which had threatened to abandon its bid or initiate an attempt to oust Yahoo's board …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
The Silicon Valley triangle: Google, Yahoo and Microsoft  —  It's Friday night and still no word from the Microsoft or Yahoo bunkers.  The headlines for today tell the story (see Techmeme).  —  The Wall Street Journal, which appears to be a conduit for the negotiations, has a story …
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and Epicenter
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Try to Make Nice  —  Latest Attempt At Friendly Deal Aims at Price Divide  —  Talks between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. intensified Friday as the two sides explored the possibility of a last-ditch friendly deal with a sweetened Microsoft offer, according to people familiar with the matter.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
The problem with Facebook  —  This chart says it all.  A new study discovers that the vast majority of Facebook apps are an utter waste of time.  But oh yeah — Facebook is worth $9 billion, or $15 billion.  And Slide is worth half a billion because it makes that super important FunWall application.
Discussion: Capitol Valley
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Watercooler: Yet another social network app company that's making money  —  Nobody really knows how much social networks applications are worth, which leads some people to think that they're not worth much of anything.  But try telling that to the companies that are building businesses through applications …
Discussion: alarm:clock and BoomTown
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Study reveals shocking truth: Most Facebook apps are silly, pointless
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook App Categories Ranked By Usage
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
What's Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS  —  The government's new cyber-security “Manhattan Project” is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what's going on, what's the point and what about privacy laws.
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Plans Proactive Cyber-Security Role for Spy Agencies
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Hasta La Vista, Hotmail?  —  Yesterday, BoomTown wrote a piece about Yahoo's worries about the scrutiny that the monopolistic combination of Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft's Hotmail would get if it merged with the software giant.  —  The issue-which has not gotten a lot of attention …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Mail Monopoly Part of Yahoo's Price Holdout
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and GigaOM
Sarah Lacy:
Larry Highest Paid CEO?  Damn Right.  —  It's not everyday you find yourself defending a guy that everyone else hates.  Oh wait.  Actually, I tend to do that a lot.  I even found myself doing that last night!  But most of them, I defend because I've gotten to know them well enough …
Discussion: CNET and Apple 2.0
Hiptop 3:
Sidekick Gekko/Aspen Screenshot  —  That's right, a exclusive where we bring you the first screenshots from the Sidekick Aspen/Gekko.  Everything we've been hearing points to the Aspen and Gekko being one and the same.  We're not 100% sure which name T-Mobile is going to market this as …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, sees the world as a web of probabilities.  —  There is, however, nothing uncertain about her impact.
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The Engadget Mobile Interview: Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun  —  We recently got a chance to sit down with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who definitely ranks among the geekier and more sincere CEOs we've had the privilege to meet.  We discussed the long-missing JavaFX Mobile platform Sun promised a while back …
Feeling Oppressed at eBay  —  Vote, sell or sue.  —  These are the limited options available to shareholders in a publicly traded company when they are unhappy or otherwise in conflict with corporate management or other shareholders.  Shareholders in a private, sometimes called “close” …
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Associated Press:
Amazon sues N.Y. over Internet sales tax law
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How one site dealt with SQL injection attack
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP to run apps native on RIM's BlackBerry
Discussion: deal architect
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Slipstream Service Pack 3 into Your Windows XP Installation CD
Karen Richardson / Market Wire:
Fujitsu First to Offer Built-In AT&T BroadbandConnect High Speed Packet Access
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Intel-Nvidia screamer has lots of processors—and fans
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Old media needs to wake up, or die
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit