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5:01 AM ET, May 5, 2008

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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Ok, so now what?  —  The last 13 weeks have been a remarkable time here at Yahoo!.  We've been living under the microscope in a way we never have before.  There has been greater attention than ever on our strategy and our ability to execute against it.  Some even questioned whether Microsoft's …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Prepares For A Black Monday  —  As everyone digests yesterday's extraordinary news around Microsoft's withdrawal of their Yahoo bid, the big rumor around the valley is that Yahoo is frantically trying to negotiate a deal with Google to outsource search advertising and get it announced before the markets open tomorrow.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and TomsTechBlog.com
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Yahoo Shareholder on What Might Have Been  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo's second-largest shareholder said in an interview Sunday that he would have considered selling to Microsoft for slightly more than the $33 a share the company offered, yet for less than the $37 a share that Yahoo's board insisted on.
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Yang betting on Y!Open to save Yahoo!  —  In a memo to Yahoo employees, co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang asked his troops to redouble their efforts and to focus on executing what he called the most important transition in the company's history.  It was the expected post-game motivational speech …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Amazon, Sun Coming Out From the Cloud  —  Sun Microsystems is getting ready to talk about its cloud computing efforts, including some kind of a deal with Amazon for its Amazon Web Services, according to CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who delivered a short keynote at Startup Camp in San Francisco.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sun adds support for Amazon Web services, targets start-ups
Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Sun's ‘Project Copy Linux’ goes commercial
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Ballmer Need To Go?  —  Microsoft's dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions.  What happens to Yahoo now?  What happens to Microsoft?  Or is this just a tactic to drive down the price of Yahoo's shares …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ballmer's Out? When Pigs Fly!
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:   Ballmer now looking for other companies to not buy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Can Be Liberated - Here's How  —  Over the last few days a number of popular bloggers have complained, loudly, that it's time to ditch Twitter and move to a decentralized version of the service that won't go down every time usage spikes.  Generally services like Twitter …
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why decentralizing Twitter is so important
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook Apps: Why they're focused on fun instead of utility  —  There's recently been some discussion that Facebook apps are silly and pointless, as proven by the categorization of apps on Facebook.  The question is, why is this true?  —  Ben Rattray from Change.org recently sent me a great e-mail …
Discussion: Brij's One More Idea
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xobni launches email organizer for Outlook  —  Xobni, the San Francisco company we raved about last year that offers a way to better organize your email from Outlook, is launching publicly with its test version.  —  Its key feature is a sidebar in your inbox that shows you profiles of the people you're corresponding with.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
If You Use Outlook E-Mail, Meet Xobni
David Carr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs Stakes Out the TV Den  —  I don't own my iPod.  It owns me.  —  A week ago, the family was stuck on I-95 between Washington and New York for seven hours.  The Meatgrinder, as it is affectionately known to us, had a little case of congestion and after five hours of quality time …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Publisher Tested the Waters Online, Then Dove In  —  It may be a niche publisher, but the International Data Group has been working out the answers to some big mainstream questions.  The biggest one: Can print media survive the transition to the Internet?  —  The question has taken on new urgency lately.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Yoono now offering an elegant solution to social networking clutter  —  Note: Yoono is in private beta.  We've got invites set aside for Webware readers.  To get yours see the link at the end of the post.  —  Tonight Yoono, a browser add-on for discovering and sharing Web content …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Hugo Kugiya / Los Angeles Times:
High tech inspires rural boom — and fear it could go poof  —  Microsoft, Yahoo and Intuit have built a new kind of farm — huge data centers called server farms — stimulating development.  But some think expectations are too high.  —  QUINCY, WASH. — When the wind blows across the arid river basin …
Jason Brown / theWHIR.com Blogs:
The way of the DB Dodo  —  So I've been reading and trying to keep up with what's going on with Sun and MySQL these last couple of months.  Seems like this has the potential to become another fantastic open source project that is moving towards closing some of it's source (some of the most wonderful parts of it's source).
Discussion: OSDir.com
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Ala Carting of Video on the Net - Will it lead to disaster ?  —  Craig Moffett of Bernstein Research wrote an amazing report entitled And Now for the News...The Emperor Has No Clothes".  If you can get a copy, read it.  Starting with the disappointing but expected news that journalism …
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
 
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Elaine Chow / Gizmodo:
HTC Diamond Has Ultra-High Density Display
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Mobile TV Spreading in Europe and to the U.S.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Lycos Cinema: More Social Than Hulu, But With A Lot Less Content
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Deutsche Telekom Considers Bid for Sprint
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FriendFeed Has Moved the Conversation Away From Twitter
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