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10:35 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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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Chief Yang Open to Bids, Even From Microsoft  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang said he would be open to another bid from Microsoft Corp. or other companies at a price he considers appropriate.  —  Yahoo continues to speak with other companies about ways to increase its value …
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 claim that Yahoo only learned Microsoft was willing to raise …
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Reuters
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Jerry Yang Speaks: Mixed Feelings on Microsoft Pullout, Doesn't Rule Out Deal
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Yahoo's CEO says still open to Microsoft
Jenna Bilotta / Official Google Reader Blog:
Share anything.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  —  Have you ever wanted to share something that you were reading, but you didn't want to go through the hassle of subscribing to a whole feed for a single interesting article?  And what about sharing content from sites with no feeds?
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets More Social: Now With Notes  —  Google has added support for Notes to Google Reader, allowing users to share notes or add notes to shared stories.  —  The add a note feature is located in the “Your Stuff” menu at the top of the Google Reader sidebar.
Discussion: Mashable! and David Risley
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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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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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Yuvi / The StatBot:
One third of Techmeme's headlines come from the Long Tail: The Statbot
Discussion: louisgray.com
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.
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
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.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Facebook Platform is Biased Toward “Fun” Apps  —  Over the weekend, a chart from the Flowing Data blog “revealed” that Facebook applications, on the whole, are silly.  Much of the discussion that followed was of the patronizing “see, we told you Facebook apps were dumb” variety.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
The coming of .NET  —  This is the second part of a three-part series describing how one developer became disillusioned with the Windows platform and was reinvigorated by the bright lights of Mac OS X.  —  In part one, I described how Apple turned its failure to develop a modern OS into a great success.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and Slashdot
Why The Lucky Stiff / hackety org:
Sneaking Ruby Through Google App Engine (and Other Strictly Python Places)  —  Despite all the clicking that has been done on a certain star.gif, I really don't think Ruby is coming to Google's App Engine.  Google doesn't have much of a toe in the Ruby scene and App Engine is clearly entrenched …
Discussion: The Tao of Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion  —  Allen & Co. Managing Director Dave Wehner is out pitching a LinkedIn venture capital round at a whopping $1 billion valuation, multiple sources say.  This is a story we've been working on and isn't fully baked yet, but VentureBeat started speculating …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat
Jordan Golson / Gizmodo:
New Boston Apple Store Largest In the World  —  Later this month, Apple is opening its latest flagship store on Boylston Street in Boston.  The store's main claim to fame?  It's huge.  We're talking largest Apple Store in the world, by square footage.  The store, in the city's historic …
Discussion: MacUser and MacDailyNews
 
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