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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL-Yahoo Merger Details Emerge; Deal Could Happen This Month  —  Yahoo is continuing its marathon merger discussions with AOL, sources close to the negotiations have whispered to us, and a deal could happen as early as this month.  Is this just a rehash of the reported discussions in February and then again in April?
Nicholas Ciarelli / The Daily Beast:
Not So Secret Apple  —  Welcome to The Daily Beast: A Q&A with Tina Brown  —  The company's former (13-year-old) nemesis explains how Steve Jobs has suddenly gone soft.  —  I've had the dubious privilege of being on the frontlines of Apple's war against web leaks.
SAP United States:
SAP ANNOUNCES 2008 THIRD QUARTER PRELIMINARY SOFTWARE AND SOFTWARE-RELATED SERVICE REVENUE NUMBERS  —  SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) announced today that after a preliminary review of its 2008 third quarter revenues, it expects third quarter 2008 U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues …
Discussion: Reuters, PC World and InformationWeek
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
SAP: “Very Sudden And Unexpected Drop” In Business, Pressuring Enterprise IT Stocks
Andy M. Zaky / Bullish Cross:
iPhone Sales Drastically Surpass Q4 Consensus, Apple Reaches 10 million iPhone Goal  —  By ANDY M. ZAKY & TURLEY MULLER (Dual Authorship)  —  Based on the tremendous joint efforts by members at Mac Observer's AFB and Investor Village's AAPL Sanity Board member howlongtoretire (aka HLTR) …
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 2.2 Hidden Features: Google Street View, Emoji, Auto-Correction Off  —  It seems that Apple is taking further care in hiding new iPhone features in their beta releases.  The most recent firmware beta seeded to developers listed “compatibility testing” in its release notes as the only change.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Buys Leading Payments and Classifieds Businesses, Streamlines Existing Organization To Improve Growth  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY - News) today announced two acquisitions that significantly extend the company's leadership position in online payments and classifieds.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
eBay buys three companies for $1.35 billion, lays off 1,000
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Analyst: Half of ‘social media campaigns’ will flop  —  Adam Sarner, an analyst with market research firm Gartner, has projected that over 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies with Web sites will have undertaken some kind of online social-networking initiative for marketing or customer relations purposes.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft planning add-on to SQL Server  —  Microsoft wants SQL Server to scale new heights, and it is hoping an add-on code-named Kilimanjaro will help.  —  Due out in the first half of 2010, Kilimanjaro improves SQL Server 2008 with a series of business intelligence enhancements to the database.
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft BI: Gemini Lands at Kilimanjaro
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Tech Stocks Take It On The Chin As Market Continues To Freefall  —  It's a blood bath out there this morning.  The S&P 500 is at a four-year low as the credit crisis keeps getting worse, despite the passage of the government's $700 billion bailout plan.  The market is taking tech stocks down with it.
Discussion: BoomTown and Bloomberg
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Stock Falls Under $90 (AAPL)
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Out of options, DISH finally pays TiVo $104 million judgment  —  DISH Network parent EchoStar has announced that it plans to pay $104 million to TiVo as part of a long-running legal dispute.  DISH and EchoStar have reassured customers, however, that their DVRs will continue to function normally …
Discussion: Reuters
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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy:
Are We Sure About Pending Collapse of Ad-Supported Internet?  —  The current economic crisis is already compared quite often to the Great Depression of 1930s.  And while similarities are already here and probably we will have more of them to witness if the situation continues to worsen …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
MySpace nabs Yahoo sales exec  —  Another high-level Yahoo employee has left the building: Valeh Vakili, director of U.S. sales operations, will join News Corp.'s MySpace as senior vice president of sales strategy and operations.  —  At Yahoo, Vakili was in charge of integrating the sales teams …
Jonny / Distorted-Loop.com:
iPhone doubles Pandora usage  —  Over half of all the world's Pandora users are iPhone users, revealed company chief Tim Westergreen at Digital Music Forum West last week.  —  Westergreen also noted the imminent shakedown among webcasters, now MySpace Music has launched with major label support.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Theater View  —  YouTube shows a new option for long videos: a theater view that enlarges the player and fades out the rest of the page.  Randall Munroe's talk at Google and Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford are two examples of feature length videos that should display the new option.
Discussion: Webware.com and Userscripts.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
We Have Completed $4.5 Million in New Funding  —  From time to time, I have shared with you the steps we're taking to build Giga Omni Media, the 27-month-old company behind this and the other publications that make up the GigaOM network.  Today, I am thrilled to announce the start of our company's next phase.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Google Watch:
Google Roils Open Source By Cracking Down on Chrome Comic, Logo Use  —  Much has been made about Google's Android mobile operating system stack as an open source platform with an asterisk.  —  Sure, it's been open sourced for programmers to use, but the devices that run it …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
AT&T Kills Off $20 Unlimited Pre-Paid Data  —  Once again, silly customers thought unlimited meant unlimited....  Phone News (via Gizmodo) reports that AT&T wireless users were “abusing” their unlimited pre-paid GoPhone data service by tapping into it with their laptops …
Discussion: GigaOM, Electronista and Gizmodo
Randfish / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Announcing SEOmoz's Index of the Web and the Launch of our Linkscape Tool  —  After 12 long months of brainstorming, testing, developing, and analyzing, the wait is finally over.  Today, I'm ecstatic to announce some very big developments here at SEOmoz.  They include:
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Study: Huge growth in Wi-Fi devices expected  —  Embedded Wi-Fi chips could end up in almost a billion consumer electronics devices by 2012, according to market researcher In-Stat.  —  In-Stat said that more than 294 million consumer electronics devices with Wi-Fi shipped in 2007.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
The Ask.com Blog:
It's Here!  The New Ask.com! … It's Here!  The New Ask.com!  —  After months of hard work, late nights and truckloads of energy drinks, we launched the new Ask.com today and we're really excited about it.  This launch continues our leadership in search innovation by delivering …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Mozilla's Geode brings geographic Web to Firefox  —  Mozilla Labs plans to announce a plug-in called Geode on Tuesday that gives the Firefox Web browser a better ability to understand and use geographic information on the Web.  —  Geode details at this stage remain sketchy …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive: First Look at the BlackBerry Application Center!  —  This weekend was HUGE for leaked info on the BlackBerry Storm (thanks BG!).  But while all the latest Storm OS eye candy has been sweet to look at and filled in some gaps on how the device's OS will function (like copy and paste functionality) …
 
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Alfred Spector / The Official Google Blog:
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Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Apple Doesn't Need Jobs, Analyst Says
Discussion: Digital Daily
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
IETF working on making IPv6 and IPv4 talk to each other
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Citi Sees “Snowballing Signs Of Softness” …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Warner Bros. to release movies online before DVD in Korea
Discussion: Financial Times and TechSpot
T-Marco / Cell Phone Signal:
T-Mobile will introduce Cameo
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Engadget
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Controversial ad company Jellycloud shuts down
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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