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3:30 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:
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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 …
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 …
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
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:   Why Microsoft caved. For now.
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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Fred / Unit Structures:   Twitter, Imagined Identity and Flux
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Killing Twitter Before It Can hurt Us
Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:   Could An Open Source “Twittersphere” Save Twitter? Or Kill It?
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.
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Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Sun Delivers OpenSolaris, NetBeans Updates
Discussion: GigaOM and VentureBeat
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 …
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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 and Electronista
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Apple blossoms with growing cash balance  —  (Editor's Note: This article has been changed.  Cisco's current cash balance is $22.7 billion.  The original version of this article had an incorrect number in the graphic.)  —  The biggest cash pile in the technology industry …
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Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Apple takes a bite of tech industry cash
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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Discussion: TechCrunch and louisgray.com
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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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