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1:30 PM ET, March 6, 2008

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Peter Lauria / New York Post:
YAHOO! GETS UPPER HAND IN M'SOFT FIGHT  —  Your move, Mr. Ballmer.  —  That's essentially the message Yahoo! sent to the Microsoft CEO with its decision yesterday to extend the March 14 deadline to nominate directors to its board.  —  And if Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang thought his famously fiery counterpart …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft May Go All Cash, Raise Yahoo Bid to $31  —  The Post's Peter Lauria reports several juicy Microsoft (MSFT) -Yahoo (YHOO) tidbits in the wake of Yahoo's delaying the board-nominee deadline yesterday:  — Ballmer furious about this latest rebuff  — Microsoft has a full slate …
Discussion: Electronista and Valleywag
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Microsoft to value Yahoo deal based on all cash?
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Yahoo's big gamble
Discussion: Money Out Blog
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo's Slow-Burning Ring of Fire
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What to expect at today's Apple event  —  On Thursday, before an audience of industry analysts, tech reporters and invited guests, Apple (AAPL) will unfold its long-awaited “iPhone software roadmap.”  The event starts at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) in Building 4, Town Hall on the company's Cupertino campus.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Steve Jobs lying about Flash not working on iPhone?  —  RUMOR ALERT — I have not substantiated this with anyone at either Adobe or Apple, so might turn out to be totally false:  —  Today I got a note from someone I know who works closely with Adobe and Apple.
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
ECS launches Asus Eee challenger  —  The G10IL promises HSDPA connectivity for under £250  —  The Asus Eee PC could have a new challenger in the guise of the ECS G10IL.  —  The new sub-$500 notebook will come with a HSPDA 7.2 datacard built-in.  —  Although currently still in production …
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Guardian:
Why falling Flash prices threaten Microsoft
Discussion: Slashdot
Melissa Perenson / Today @ PC World:
Samsung Cancels Second-Gen Combo Blu-ray and HD DVD Player  —  Samsung's statement today that it would no longer proceed with its BD-UP5500 player doesn't come as a surprise given Toshiba's withdrawal from the HD DVD format.  The player was announced at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.
Discussion: Crave and Engadget HD
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Electronista:
Samsung axes updated Blu-ray/HD DVD hybrid player  —  Samsung today canceled the launch of the BD-UP5500, its second hybrid Blu-ray and HD DVD movie player.  The move is directly attributed to Toshiba's decision to drop HD DVD as a standard and is said to reflect the reality of the market.
Matt Kulick / Official Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing Google Calendar Sync  —  Google Apps users appreciate that their web-based Google Calendars are available anywhere and anytime, and packed with powerful sharing options.  But people aren't always connected to the Internet, and they may prefer to use different applications …
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Shirin Oskooi / Official Google Blog:
Google Calendar Sync
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Updated With New Data and Functionality!  —  We've been working hard all winter long, and today, we've rolled out an update to Yahoo! Maps that delivers a number of improvements including; new neighborhood data, expanded worldwide coverage, and stylistic improvements.
Matthew Miller / Forbes:
Gates No Longer World's Richest Man  —  Warren Buffett is the richest man on the planet.  —  Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway (nyse: BRK - news - people ) stock, America's most beloved investor has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago.
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Luisa Kroll / Forbes:
World's Billionaires  —  The number 13 has long been considered unlucky …
Leelefever / Common Craft:
Video: Twitter in Plain English  —  This 2.5 minute video is a result of feedback from our fans.  We've received a number of requests from people who want their  —  friends to use the micro-blogging service Twitter, but can't seem to explain it well.  We hope this video helps.
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Acid3 Test Unleashed, Murders Every Current Browser  —  Putting browser makers on notice, again  —  Just a few months after the announcement that Internet Explorer 8 successfully passed the Acid2 standards compliance test, the Web Standards Project (WaSP) announced last Monday that it unleashed Acid2's successor, Acid3.
Business Week:
Zuckerberg on Facebook's Future  —  In a conversation with BusinessWeek.com, the social networking site's CEO holds forth on recent hires and going public  —  As Facebook tries to sustain its supercharged growth, it's bringing in adult supervision.  —  The social networking site hired Sheryl Sandberg …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Death Threats, Intimidation, and Blogging  —  I miss Kathy Sierra.  —  Kathy was the primary author of the Creating Passionate Users blog, which she started in December 2004.  Her writing was of sufficient quality to propel her blog into the Technorati top 100 within a year and a half.
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Google Likely to Get EU Approval to Buy DoubleClick  —  European regulators plan to approve Google Inc.'s proposed $3.1 billion takeover of DoubleClick Inc. without conditions, rejecting complaints by Microsoft Corp. that the deal would hurt competition, according to three people with direct knowledge of the case.
Sebastian Kanthak / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
3. 2.  1. Contact.  The API has landed  —  Have you ever been on a web-site that asked you for your Google username and password so that it can import your Gmail contact list?  Did you think twice before giving out that information, hoping the web-site would not use it to access …
 
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Bruce Schneier / Wired News:
The Myth of the ‘Transparent Society’
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
IE 8, Firefox 3 to tackle malware
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
That Jangl You Hear is Sales
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Wired News:
Speed Up Your Mac  —  Despite your best efforts, your Mac is running a bit slow.
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Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Forbes
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Rockstar “Horrified” By Xbox 360 Bully: Scholarship Edition Issues
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches its alternative to Amazon's SimpleDB
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