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5:30 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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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.
Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Ok, so now what?  —  The last 13 weeks have been a remarkable time here at Yahoo!.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Execs' Reaction: “I Need Some Prozac”
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Who Is Buying Yahoo Shares Today?
Discussion: VentureBeat and CNET News.com
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Search Box Is Low-Hanging Fruit For Microsoft
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:   Why Microsoft caved. For now.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Techmeme: Where the A-Listers Party With the Long Tail.  —  One of the favorite bitchmeme's on Techmeme, the popular blog and news headline site that keeps track of the most talked-about tech stories on the Web, is that it is dominated by A-list blogs and news sites with full-time writing staffs.
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One third of Techmeme's headlines come from the Long Tail: The Statbot  —  (Note: This is a part of a series of articles on the Techmeme leaderboard.  Stay tuned for more)  —  The Techmeme Leaderboard, though less than a year old, is already THE authority on, well, authority on the blogosphere …
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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 …
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Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Google Seeks Open-Access Pledge From Verizon
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
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 …
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Killing Twitter Before It Can hurt Us
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
The Register:
US court orders online advertiser to use ‘negative keywords’  —  A US court has ordered a company to use ‘negative keywords’ to avoid being associated with another firm's trade mark.  The innovative order was one of a series of measures ordered by the judge.
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
The Best Explanation of Twitter: It's Like Working in a Cafe
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MovieBeam Back From Dead, Again; To Be Sold To Dar Capital For $2.25 Million
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Digital Transition Looms, but Do Americans Have a Right to TV?
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Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Would you be willing to pay for a web 2.0 service that provides value?
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Lycos Cinema: “Needs more Battlestar”
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable! and Xconomy
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Eye-Gaze Tracking in MMORPGS: Cool
Chris Soghoian / CNET News.com:
Keep your data safe at the border
Discussion: CrunchGear
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen relentless in quest to nail the RIAA
Discussion: p2pnet
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Murdo MacLeod / Scotsman:
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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
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Shane McGlaun / DailyTech:
Sony Unveils Tiny Hybrid Fuel Cell System
Discussion: Crave, SlashGear and CrunchGear
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
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