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3:35 PM ET, April 1, 2008

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InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Yahoo agree on buyout price  —  After much internal debate and industry speculation, Yahoo today agreed to be acquired by Microsoft, adding $2.6 billion to Redmond's original offer of $44.6 billion on Jan. 31.  —  The agreement was reached near midnight last night …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
All the April Fools' news that's fit to print  —  The word of the day is “prank.”  Unless maybe you're one of the ones who got taken in hook, line, and sinker, in which case it's “doh!”  —  If you haven't already noticed, today is April Fools' Day, but you probably have, since most pranksters seem to get an early start.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Smartphone Advancements to Improve Ability to Work and Play With One Phone  —  Company demonstrates new version of Internet Explorer Mobile with desktop-grade Web browsing, introduces updated Windows Mobile operating system.  —  Windows Mobile is improving smartphones …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Enterprise-Class Mobile Solution
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Unlikely to Raise Yahoo Offer  —  Microsoft Corp. is preparing to lay a long siege.  —  Two months after Microsoft made its $44.6 billion offer to acquire Yahoo Inc., the software maker has no plans to raise its bid, people close to the company say.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on MicroHoo: Irritated Investors!  Angry Arbs!  Zen Microsoft?  —  So, I was making the rounds again of my sources at Yahoo's major institutional investors yesterday and here's the overall 411: Frustration.  Confusion.  Impatience.  —  And the bottom line from several of them-if Yahoo does …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Microsoft Stands Firm On Yahoo Offer: “There Is No Reason To Bid Against Ourselves.”
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Sprint Instinct: Could this thing beat the iPhone?  —  When I first saw the Instinct a few weeks ago I said “Finally.”  Finally, someone, somewhere, has created an interface and a device that follows the spirit and ease-of-use of the iPhone without resorting to wholesale mimicry.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Sprint's Samsung Instinct: At Last, a Decent iPhone Competitor
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent  —  The iPhone gets the most press and the iPod sells in the largest quantities, but it's the Macintosh that really drives Apple's growth, says Gene Munster.  —  In the second installment of a multipart report on Apple's …
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Microsoft claims victory in ISO struggle over OOXML
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Gmail April Fools Not Very Funny.  On the Upside, They Started A Wikipedia War  —  Right on schedule: Google is releasing their April Fools jokes onto us as the calendars hit April 1 on the east coast (here's last year's efforts).  Google Australia got a head start earlier today with the very funny Future Search.
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:   April Fools Day Spam Invades Google
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Gullible journalists agree to prank their readers  —  Nate Westheimer, a New York entrepreneur best known for holding a Silicon Alley popularity contest, attempted to persuade Valleywag to participate in an April Fools' joke.  We said we'd cover it, so here's the story: Right about now …
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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
‘Smart URL shortener’ Urlrurl rolls into beta
Discussion: Download Squad and Somewhat Frank
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr's New Friend Finder: Data Portability or Privacy Violation?  —  Late last night Yahoo! owned photo sharing site Flickr launched a new feature - the ability to search your Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail contacts list for people on Flickr so you can add them as contacts.
Discussion: GigaOM
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Matthew Rothenberg / Flickr Blog:
Find Your Friends
Discussion: LachStock
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
YouTube kills rickrolling once and for all  —  April 1, 2008: The day a meme died.  Go to YouTube.  Click on any of the Featured Videos entries.  Every one of them redirects to the same Rick Astley clip.  The gag is called “rickrolling,” a variant of duckrolling.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and theory.isthereason
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Live, from New York, it's...Mark Zuckerberg?  —  In a surprise move that has shocked Silicon Valley, young Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will guest host an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live, according to multiple sources.  —  The mild-mannered Zuckerberg, best-known …
InfoWorld:
Source: Windows XP to get reprieve for low-cost laptops  —  San Francisco - Microsoft plans to extend the availability of Windows XP for low-cost laptops beyond June 30, with an announcement expected later this week, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Lite-On developing BD-ROM drives for Xbox 360, sources say  —  Lite-On IT is developing built-in Blu-ray Disc-(BD) ROM drives for the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console, according to industry sources.  Lite-On declined to comment, citing client confidentiality.
Los Angeles Times:
Firms try working around visa shortage  —  Some U.S. companies open sites abroad, while others plan multiple filings as H-1B application season nears.  —  WASHINGTON — Driven crazy by U.S. immigration policy, Microsoft Corp. executives decided to drive some of their employees north.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Scribd now offering free document scanning [Update: it's real!]  —  Update (10:06 AM): The submission process differs from the original plan.  If you have the address, please don't send anything there.  Please check the updated instructions below.  And yes—this is real.
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
 
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BBC:
Tomorrow's code  —  Bill Thompson puts out a call for more programmers.
Kevin Fitchard / TELEPHONY Online:
Can Ovi improve on the walled garden?
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Last.fm Gets CBS Radio Stations
Sharon Linsenbach / eWeek:
IBM ‘Blindsided’ by Federal Contract Suspension
Discussion: InfoWorld
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
ChangeWave confirms iPhone battles BlackBerry
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Electronista
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Filter Google Reader by Item Popularity With New AideRSS Plug-in
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
OOXML: Unofficially yes, formal announcement Wed.
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Leaked new Ultimate Extras sound scheme
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Pshapiro / Community Voices:
Google Seeks to Organize All of Human Ignorance
Discussion: ReporTwitters Blog
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google April Fool's Jokes Galore
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An Online Game So Mysterious Its Famous Sponsor Is Hidden
Discussion: CNET News.com
Daisy Whitney / TVWeek.com:
Who is Watching Hulu? Depends Who You Ask
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Blog Comments Still Matter
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Getting to know the FriendFeed team
InfoWorld:
Steve Jobs “miracle” in the valley
Sir Richard Branson / Official Google Blog:
Announcing Project Virgle