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4:30 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.
Miko Matsumura / SOA Center:
Sun IBM Collapse Heralds the Return of McNealy.  Jonathan Schwartz is Toast.  —  The Wall st Journal reports two board factions at odds in Sun Microsystems, one in favor of the IBM deal led by Jonathan Schwartz, the other opposing, led by Scooter McNealy.  —  Pundits are already spinning …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
D'oh!  Sun May Be Pulling A Yahoo!  —  If the struggling server vendor can't negotiate a sale to IBM, it faces a bleak future.  —  Sun Microsystems is facing its Jerry Yang moment.  —  On Sunday, weeks of negotiations between the struggling server vendor and IBM ( IBM - news - people ) …
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 are no different from investors in a start-up enterprise …
Keith Teare / Opinionated:
In Defense of “nothing”  —  Columnist Henry Porter …
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.
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 …
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.
Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Is Working with Microsoft to Fight Koobface Virus  —  In its efforts to prevent the spread of malware, Facebook's security team has begun working with the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) to combat the Koobface virus, which first surfaced on Facebook in the summer of 2008 …
Discussion: The Register
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, Gawker and A VC
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.
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 …
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?  —  When most people think of the Internet, they think of its vast reach - the copious amounts of information to search through or be overwhelmed by.  —  Biz Stone likes to think small.  “Creativity,” he says, “comes from constraint.”
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