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10:05 AM ET, April 6, 2009

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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Sun Had Better Have a Solid Backup Plan  —  Only a year ago, Yahoo was faced with a similar situation in the buyout attempt from Microsoft, and the results proved to be bad news for former CEO Jerry Yang after the company rejected a $47 billion offer.  But it's possible that Sun has an alternative plan; it had better.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun following the IBM deal collapse: Customer confusion en route  —  Sun Microsystems won't be acquired by IBM after all.  Now the explaining—mostly to customers and shareholders—really begins.  —  Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems
John Pallatto / eWeek:
Pride Trumps Good Sense in IBM-Sun Talks
Discussion: CNET News and Channel Insider
Miko Matsumura / SOA Center:
Sun IBM Collapse Heralds the Return of McNealy.  Jonathan Schwartz is Toast.
Discussion: Business Week
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   D'oh! Sun May Be Pulling A Yahoo!
Nokia:
Email the way you want it - Nokia E75 begins shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - The Nokia E75 has arrived in stores, bringing the company's best efficiency and productivity solution to the market.  The new arrival is the first device to ship with the new email user interface …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia's E75 now shipping to eMail lovers, pixel haters
Discussion: I4U News
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Only the Beginning  —  On Friday the FriendFeed founders Bret Taylor and Paul Buchheit debuted a radical redesign of the product for about 15 journalists, technologists, and Robert Scoble.  We were asked not to discuss the details until Monday morning at 9AM Pacific.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Completes Rollout Of Haystack To Stem Losses From Massive Photo Uploads  —  One nugget of information Facebook leaked out to press last week during the Gideon Yu fiasco: the company has been EBITDA profitable for five quarters, but doesn't expect to generate positive cash flow until 2010.
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Facebook's photo storage rewrite
Discussion: TechRepublic Blogs, Thanks:atul
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac  —  I don't buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs.  So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple.  I found my decision process to be similar …
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Lands A $10 Million Round, Its Fifth in 5 Years  —  Distributed media network Glam Media has raised $10 million more, this time specifically for its Japanese and German operations, reports PaidContent.  The fifth round of funding in as many years of existence comes …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Raises $10 Million Fifth Round For German, Japan Expansions
Discussion: Beet.TV, CenterNetworks and MediaFile
Ty McMahan / Digits:
Payment Processor Revolution Money Pumped With $42M  —  At a time when both consumers and merchants are looking for ways to cut costs, several major financial firms and individual investors have pumped $42 million into Revolution Money, the payment-processing company backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Don't Blame Google And Scribd For Your Own Business Model Problems  —  Another weekend goes by and another old school newspaper guy writes a long screed condemning Google as a menace hellbent on destroying all that is good and right in the news business.  This one, by Henry Porter in The Guardian …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Designer Threatened With Copyright Infringement Claims... On His Own Work  —  A whole bunch of people have been submitting this story all weekend, about how designer Jon Engle is is accused of copyright infringement for his own designs.  The site is down right now, but Google cache has it.
Discussion: digg.com
Louis Gray:
As FeedBurner Flails and Fails, Feedblitz Fights  —  A week and a half ago, FeedBlitz announced it would be taking Google head on, offering a much-needed alternative to FeedBurner in the RSS automation space.  (See our initial post) At the time, they said they would “rapidly evolve”, and they weren't kidding.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame  —  Today is Major League Baseball's Opening Day, which means the first real game in more than five months for most players and fans.  It's also a big day for the league's Internet division: MLB Advanced Media is pushing a full slate of games …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Now streaming on Netflix: SpongeBob, Cartman  —  Viacom's MTV Networks has brought some of its television content to Netflix's library of streaming online video, the companies announced Monday.  —  The offering consists primarily of kids' shows from the Nickelodeon network …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube, Sony Pictures in talks over feature films  —  “YouTube is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to get licensing rights to some of the studio's movies.  The Professional” is from Sony Pictures and is available at Crackle.com.  —  YouTube is in talks to acquire licensing rights …
Discussion: Electronista
 
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
First hands-on with Pogoplug
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech firms eager to gobble stimulus funds
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Xerox Outsources Management of Data Centers to India's HCL
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 outsells Nintendo Wii in March in Japan
Chris Tryhorn / Guardian:
Europe orders ISPs to keep records of every email and call
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft: Old Worm Copies Conficker for New Twist
Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Is Working with Microsoft to Fight Koobface Virus
Discussion: The Register
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK consumers do not mind online ads
New York Times:
Micro-Billing, Byte by Byte, Suits the World of Cellphones
Thanks:bobcaswell
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
ARM: Heretic in the church of Intel, Moore's Law
Discussion: digg.com
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Think Microblogging is Hip? Try Nanoblogging!
Discussion: BoomTown
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