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3:00 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 …
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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 (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 …
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, the markets gave an initial answer: plenty.  —  At 12:20 p.m., Yahoo's shares were off about 14 percent …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Yahoo (YHOO) Blew The Microsoft (MSFT) Deal, Part 1  —  The most interesting story to emerge since Microsoft (MSFT) withdrew its bid for Yahoo (YHOO) is that the companies are disputing the circumstances of Microsoft's $33 offer.  This is important for three reasons:
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Is Buying Yahoo Shares Today?  —  At least in the short term, many Yahoo shareholders are regretting that they didn't sell their stock last week, when it looked like discussions with Microsoft might result in a buyout.  —  Yahoo shares plunged this morning after Microsoft abandoned the talks, opening at $23.03.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo shares fall 14 percent after Microsoft withdraws bid
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo: ‘Ok, So Now What?’ …
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Sun Delivers OpenSolaris, NetBeans Updates  —  The company adds PHP support to NetBeans, ships NetBeans 6.1 and releases OpenSolaris.  —  Sun Microsystems is kicking off this JavaOne week with a host of news around its OpenSolaris operating system and NetBeans IDE.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Accuses Verizon of Planning to Dodge 700 MHz Open Access Rules  —  On Friday, Google urged the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $4.7 bil. successful bid for the C Block band of spectrum in the recently completed 700 MHz auction unless Verizon is forced to agree that open access rules apply to handsets it provides its own customers.
Discussion: Capitol Valley and Computerworld
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Karl / DSLreports:
Google Realizes Their 700Mhz Win Wasn't Much of One …
Discussion: WebProNews
Darren Murph / Engadget:
T-Mobile clears everything up: 3G rollout (with data) is on in NYC  —  Great news, T-Mobile USA fans — the roller coaster ride is finally over.  After we thought T-Mobile's 3G network was but moments away from launching, we soon found that data may be left out.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Finally, T-Mobile Launches a U.S. 3G Network
Discussion: MuniWireless
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
AP launches news service geared for iPhone  —  NEW YORK - The Associated Press and more than 100 of its member newspapers are launching a service Monday that will make news stories available on Apple Inc.'s iPhone and other mobile devices.  —  AP had announced the Mobile News Network at its annual meeting April 14 in Washington.
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.
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 …
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Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Smashing Magazine:
Pixels Go Mad - The Celebration Of Pixel Art  —  Pixel art lives both in and beyond computer screen.  Artists design pixel art posters, magazine covers, album covers, desktop wallpapers, paintings, “pixelish” video ads and even pixelated tattoos.  And there is a good reason behind it …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Includes Chinese Handwriting Recognition in iPhone 2.0 Beta  —  Apple has quietly included handwriting recognition for Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) into the latest iPhone Firmware 2.0 beta.  When you select Chinese input, you are given the option to use handwriting recognition allowing …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fifth major” Merlin signs 12,000 indie labels, eyes MySpace
Discussion: Electronista
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Good News About MicroHoo - Your Favorite Apps Are Safe, For Now
Mark Davis / Official Google Blog:
Moving to Unicode 5.1  —  Google has just begun supporting …
The Register:
US court orders online advertiser to use ‘negative keywords’
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
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Zune spec spot “Music is life”
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shares fight to regain ground after open
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Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple takes a bite of tech industry cash
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Times of India:
China mounts cyber attacks on Indian sites
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cox's Wireless Plans Taking Shape
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
What's happening at LinkedIn? Is it getting bought?
Hugo Kugiya / Los Angeles Times:
High tech inspires rural boom — and fear it could go poof
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Mobile TV Spreading in Europe and to the U.S.