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11:15 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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Execs' Reaction: “I Need Some Prozac”  —  Be careful what you wish for, Jerry Yang.  —  Because after talking to a dozen Yahoo execs over the weekend after the Microsoft takeover deal cratered, most of whom are vice presidents or above, I have to say that your stock drop isn't the worst thing …
Wall Street Journal:
Giving Up on Yahoo, Microsoft Rethinks Its Internet Options  —  Software Giant Cites Divide Over Price; The Google Factor  —  Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang didn't really want Microsoft Corp. to buy his company.  By Saturday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn't want that either …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After Deal Dies, Yahoo Weighs Its Next Move
Discussion: CNET News.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ballmer's Out? When Pigs Fly!
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry “Niagara”: The 3G-less BlackBerry 9000  —  So you know how we've been talking about the BlackBerry 9000's ridiculously high selling price?  Well, it looks like RIM is gearing up to launch a 3G-less BlackBerry 9000 so to speak.  It looks pretty similar but there are also a few changes …
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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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Killing Twitter Before It Can hurt Us  —  This weekend there has been a fair amount of talk about the idea that Twitter is too important to be relied on as a centralized, non fault-tolerant platform.  Both Dave Winer and Michael Arrington at TechCrunch are talking about the problem and how to fix it.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why decentralizing Twitter is so important
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Matt / Xobni:
Xobni Launches Public Beta  —  Today is an exciting day for everyone at Xobni.  After seven months of invite-only beta, and over two years of product development, we're proud to announce that Xobni is now publicly available for anyone to download.  Xobni can be downloaded for free here.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xobni launches email organizer for Outlook
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple takes a bite of tech industry cash  —  The biggest cash pile in the technology industry historically has belonged to Microsoft Corp., but now it has some company, and it's a familiar name: Apple Inc.  —  Microsoft has reduced its cash balance to $26.3 billion through large stock buybacks, dividends and acquisitions.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
What's happening at LinkedIn?  Is it getting bought?  —  Something's up at business social network LinkedIn.  The Mountain View, Calif. company's board meeting last week went way over the scheduled time, and sources tell us there's some “good” news coming.
Discussion: Socialized Software
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Mobile TV Spreading in Europe and to the U.S.  —  BERLIN — Every day in Switzerland, 40,000 people watch a 100-second television news broadcast on their cellphones.  In Italy, a million people pay as much as 19 euros each ($29) a month to watch up to a dozen mobile TV channels.
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun's ‘Project Copy Linux’ goes commercial
Discussion: Between the Lines and Compiler
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sun adds support for Amazon Web services, targets start-ups
Discussion: GigaOM and Open Source
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cox's Wireless Plans Taking Shape  —  Cox Communications is one cable company that is wasting no time and embracing wireless.  Cox's wireless subsidiary, Cox Wireless spent around $304 million and snatched up 14 Block A and eight Block B licenses, as part of the recently concluded 700 spectrum auctions.
Discussion: DSLreports and Electronista
Times of India:
China mounts cyber attacks on Indian sites  —  NEW DELHI: China's cyber warfare army is marching on, and India is suffering silently.  Over the past one and a half years, officials said, China has mounted almost daily attacks on Indian computer networks, both government and private, showing its intent and capability.
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 …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Hoping For Ungodly Returns: Christian Video Sharing Site GodTube Gets $30 Million Funding  —  GodTube, one of the fast growing Christian online video sharing and social networking sites, has received a big $30 million funding round from hedge fund GLG Partners, paidContent.org has learned.
 
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Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
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The Ala Carting of Video on the Net - Will it lead to disaster ?
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook Apps: Why they're focused on fun instead of utility
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