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12:20 PM 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 …
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 (YHOO) execs over the weekend after the Microsoft (MSFT) takeover deal cratered, most of whom are vice presidents or above, I have to say that your stock drop …
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 …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Stock Plunges After Microsoft Backs Off  —  After Microsoft withdrew its $33-a-share offer for Yahoo on Saturday, the question was how far Yahoo's stock would drop.  On Monday morning, the markets gave an initial answer: plenty.  —  Shortly after 10 a.m., Yahoo's shares were off nearly 20 percent …
Discussion: Bits and Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Yahoo shares fall nearly 20 percent on open
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After Deal Dies, Yahoo Weighs Its Next Move
Discussion: CNET and BoomTown
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 …
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Profy.Com:
Can a Company Recover from a Lack of Business Model?  —  There's a lot of chatter about decentralizing Twitter, claiming it's now too valuable to rely on an often flaky service with an API so open that it's destroying the service.  What no one seems to want to examine is that giant elephant in the corner …
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Killing Twitter Before It Can hurt Us
Discussion: The Social Web and Marc's Voice
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Amazon Now Serving OpenSolaris on EC2  —  During our on-stage chat at Startup Camp, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz hinted at some big news involving Amazon and its web services.  Today, the company officially announced:  — Sun's OpenSolaris OS will be available …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Sun's ‘Project Copy Linux’ goes commercial
Discussion: Between the Lines and Compiler
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.
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: WebProNews and 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.
Rafat Ali /
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, has learned.
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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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP's Apotheker: Business ByDesign costs led to delay
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
AP launches news service geared for iPhone
Discussion: TechCrunch and CrunchGear
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Accuses Verizon of Planning to Dodge 700 MHz Open Access Rules
Discussion: DSLreports
Robert Levine / New York Times:
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Nine Inch Nails Give Yet Another Album For Free
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cox's Wireless Plans Taking Shape
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Mosso Launches CloudFS — Amazon S3 Competitor
Dan Nystedt / IDG News Service:
Battery Shortage Should Evaporate by Q3
Hugo Kugiya / Los Angeles Times:
High tech inspires rural boom — and fear it could go poof
Jason Brown / Blogs:
The way of the DB Dodo
David Carr / New York Times:
Steve Jobs Stakes Out the TV Den
Discussion: CrunchGear
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook Apps: Why they're focused on fun instead of utility
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Publisher Tested the Waters Online, Then Dove In