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5:50 PM ET, May 5, 2008


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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:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo is Friendless On Wall Street  —  Jerry Yang, Yahoo's CEO, this morning posted what can be described as an emotional blog post about the Microsoft-Yahoo buyout saga.  He reinforces the points he has made all along: that Yahoo needs to execute, innovate and develop more focus.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Der ... Umm ... What $33-Per-Share Offer?  —  Get this.  Yahoo (YHOO) didn't accept Microsoft's (MSFT) offer of $33-per-share, because it didn't know Microsoft had offered $33-per-share.  This according to people close to Yahoo, who tell The Wall Street Journal that Yahoo only learned Microsoft …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Execs' Reaction: “I Need Some Prozac”
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Search Box Is Low-Hanging Fruit For Microsoft
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Is Buying Yahoo Shares Today?
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET
Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Ok, so now what?  —  The last 13 weeks have been a remarkable time here at Yahoo!.
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:   Why Microsoft caved. For now.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Yuvi / The StatBot:
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Mulls Separating Nextel Unit  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is seriously considering spinning off or selling its ailing Nextel unit, people familiar with the situation say, a dramatic acknowledgement that Sprint's $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications in 2005 has been a failure.
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Google Accuses Verizon of Planning to Dodge 700 MHz Open Access Rules  —  (Update: Reaction from Verizon Wireless at end of post.)  —  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 …
Mark Davis / Official Google Blog:
Moving to Unicode 5.1  —  Google has just begun supporting Unicode 5.1, less than one month after it was released.  It's now available in search, so people speaking languages such as Malayalam can now search for words containing the new characters in Unicode 5.1.
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Sun debuts OpenSolaris; OS to be served up on Amazon EC2  —  Shipments begin three years after Sun disclosed plan to open OpenSolaris code  —  Computerworld) Sun Microsystems Inc. and the OpenSolaris community today debuted the initial version of the open-source OpenSolaris operating system.
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 …
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 …
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Killing Twitter Before It Can hurt Us
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Why Silicon Valley just won't shut up about FriendFeed  —  “Cathy Brooks is a typically unapologetic Silicon Valley Web addict,” writes Brad Stone in the New York Times.  “Last week alone, she produced more than 40 pithy updates on the text messaging service Twitter, uploaded two dozen videos …
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Digital Transition Looms, but Do Americans Have a Right to TV?  —  In his biweekly trends column, PM's tech editor crunches the numbers on just how much it costs to get everyone onboard the digital bandwagon.  —  Next February, somewhere in America,  —  someone out there is going to flip …
Discussion: Digg
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.
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.
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
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Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Sony Unveils Tiny Hybrid Fuel Cell System
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Fifth major” Merlin signs 12,000 indie labels, eyes MySpace
Discussion: Electronista
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US court orders online advertiser to use ‘negative keywords’
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