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1:50 AM ET, April 6, 2009

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems  —  I.B.M., after months of negotiations, withdrew its $7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun's board balked at a slightly reduced offer, according to a person close to the talks.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So Now Everything Is Google's Fault  —  A year ago British musician Billy Bragg was whining that Bebo should be paying musicians a portion of their $850 million liquidity event, arguing that “the musicians who posted their work on Bebo.com are no different from investors in a start-up enterprise …
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Keith Teare / Opinionated:
In Defense of “nothing”  —  Columnist Henry Porter …
Discussion: The Progress & …, HipMojo.com and Guardian, Thanks:kteare
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home  —  SAN FRANCISCO — T-Mobile is planning an aggressive push deep into the home with a variety of communications devices that will use Google's new Android operating software that already runs one of its cellphones.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Think Microblogging is Hip?  Try Nanoblogging!  —  With all the hype surrounding Twitter these days, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to outdo them and come out with an even faster and more efficient method of communciation.  —  Enter Flutter.  Flutter claims to be a nanoblogging service.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Publishers zero in on charging for online news  —  The way to charge for digitally delivered content is a prime topic on the minds of the newspaper publishers meeting in San Diego this week to contemplate the future of their badly battered industry.  —  Even if charging for online …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Fred / A VC:
You Can't Take The Paper Out Of The Newstand
New York Times:
Micro-Billing, Byte by Byte, Suits the World of Cellphones  —  LAS VEGAS — As the music, film, television, newspaper, book and video-game industries strain to find a way to thrive in the new digital marketplace, one seems to have figured it all out.  —  It is that trailblazer known as the phone company.
Thanks:bobcaswell
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Tweets: Pixim And TweetPhoto Emerge  —  There's been a proliferation of photo sharing apps tied to Twitter, including TwitPic, Twitxr (review), and Yfrog (review), giving users a vast amount of choice when it comes to image sharing on the popular micro-blogging service.
Arn / MacRumors:
Next Gen iPhone: 802.11n and Video Editing?  —  Since the iPhone 3.0 beta release, developers have been digging through the firmware looking for evidence of future iPhones and capabilities.  An early finding revealed that a number of unknown iPhone model numbers already appear in the beta firmware.
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Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: iPhone OS 3.0 to include video editing tools
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM's upcoming devices: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum  —  So... one of our ninjas just hit us up with some really interesting BlackBerry info.  While the specs of the following codenames are confirmed, releases are not, and as such, this should be used for information sake.  Here's what we got:
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Facebook's photo storage rewrite  —  This week Facebook will complete its roll-out of a new photo storage system designed to reduce the social network's reliance on expensive proprietary solutions from NetApp and Akamai.  The new large blob storage system, named Haystack …
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK consumers do not mind online ads  —  Brits are happy to watch advertising on the internet or their mobile phones if this means they will get videos, music or other content for free, a survey has found.  —  About 60 per cent of people polled by KPMG, the professional services group …
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Geocoding error distorts L.A. crime statistics  —  The Los Angeles Police Department is battling a virtual crime wave in downtown L.A. caused by an Internet map coding error.  —  If the department's online crime map is to be believed, one might thing that a downtown location just a block …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
ARM: Heretic in the church of Intel, Moore's Law  —  Rival flouts rule to seize the day with cheaper chips for a growing netbook market  —  Computerworld) For 30 years, the PC industry has treated Moore's Law with religious reverence.  Its immutable commandment — thou shalt double …
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Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:imhassan
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Inbox Clogged With Admirers, Twitter Should Ignore the Hype …
Discussion: NEWS.com.au, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Small Company Offers Web-Based Competition for Microsoft Word
Discussion: Zoho Blogs, Thanks:zoho
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
First Amendment will face difficult trials
TechCrunch:
Chinese Social Networks ‘Virtually’ Out-Earn Facebook And MySpace: A Market Analysis
Thanks:atul
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is This the Future of the Digital Book?