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7:25 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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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: Tech Confidential and Reuters
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Facebook Search Box Is Low-Hanging Fruit For Microsoft  —  Now that the Microsoft play for Yahoo appears to be over (appears to be), everyone and their grandparents are speculating about what Microsoft and Yahoo are going to do now.  One quick thing that Microsoft could do to increase …
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.
Adam Lashinsky / Go West:   Why Microsoft caved. For now.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Execs' Reaction: “I Need Some Prozac”
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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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Qwest to Sell Verizon Wireless Services
Discussion: Bits and Telecompetitor
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Jammed Shut: Google Is Worried What Verizon Might Have For Future …
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  —  (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 …
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Where Bloggers Get Their Biggest Levels of Traffic  —  Last week I asked readers about their biggest sources of traffic to their blogs.  —  The results reveal a fairly striking winner - Google.  —  The comparison between Google and ‘Other Search Engines’ was fairly amazing …
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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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
The Future of RSS  —  May 1st was RSS Awareness Day and while …
Phil Carson / RCR Wireless News:
Nortel stakes IPR claims to LTE
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: DivX Q1 Revs Up 24 Percent; Full-Year Outlook Raised
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune XNA games preview release aimed for May
Discussion: Gizmodo
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Would you be willing to pay for a web 2.0 service that provides value?
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
Murdo MacLeod / Scotsman:
Read all about it... before it disappears
Discussion: Engadget
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US court orders online advertiser to use ‘negative keywords’
Heather Havenstein / Computerworld:
Sun debuts OpenSolaris; OS to be served up on Amazon EC2
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Hoping For Ungodly Returns: Christian Video Sharing Site GodTube …
Times of India:
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