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10:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: IT News Digest and Gadgetell
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Portfolio, Electronista and Valleywag
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Google does April Fools': ‘Custom time’ and a Mars trip  —  Happy April Fools' Day!  —  As expected, Google's Gmail rolled out a fake “custom time” feature, which purports to let users send e-mails into the past and consequently never miss important deadlines again.
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Sir Richard Branson / Official Google Blog:
Announcing Project Virgle  —  In my life, I've had a lot of exciting adventures and launched a lot of ambitious business ventures.  I'm delighted today to announce Virgle, Inc., a joint venture between the Virgin Group and Google which qualifies on both counts.
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Philip Tucker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Bringing the cloud with you  —  We know that many of you have been waiting for offline access to Google Docs, and I'm happy to tell you we'll be rolling it out over the next few weeks, starting today with a small percentage of users.  —  Here's why I'm excited about this development.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Microsoft's $1 Million Guarantee Program To Win Searchers
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   YouTube RickRolls Users
InfoWorld:
Steve Jobs “miracle” in the valley  —  They came alone or in groups, giddy with excitement or hushed with awe.  They brought flowers and ribbons and broken-down PowerBooks.  They lined the sidewalks of this quiet suburban neighborhood, patiently waiting to see what everyone had been talking about.?
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows: A Monopoly Shakes  —  [Editor's Note: This is the first of two posts pulling data from Forrester report, “Enterprise Desktop And Web 2.0/SaaS Platform Trends, 2007”.]  —  Forrester Research published the data on Thursday, but only released it publicly today.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages  —  When I started TechCrunch nearly three years ago it was meant to be little more than a hobby.  I love startups, and writing about them was fun, not work.  But since then this hobby has grown into a real business.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Scribd now offering free document scanning  —  We know it's April 1st, but this is 100% real.  I made James Yu, Senior Product Developer at Scribd swear on his unborn first child that this isn't an April fool's gag.  Starting today the document hosting company will take any of your real documents …
Discussion: Mashable!
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
The Facebook tool which turns your mobile into a snoop  —  Husbands who are not where they are supposed to be could soon be in danger of being “sniffed” out by a mobile phone service that gives suspicious partners an electronic map showing the location of their spouse.
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Norway seeks to reverse Open XML vote at ISO  —  Norway's national standards body has lodged a formal protest over the country's vote on Office Open XML (OOXML) at the ISO.  —  The chairman of the Norway's standards committee said there were “serious irregularities” with the voting process …
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Web 3.0 isn't the Semantic Web, it's Hailstorm 2.0.  Why it Matters & How Microsoft-Yahoo can beat Google.  —  note: this isn't an April Fool's post, at least not intentionally...  Semantic Web, WTF?  —  Nigga please, tell me something i give a s**t about.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Sony/BMG Under Investigation for Software Piracy  —  A small software company has accused major label Sony/BMG of software piracy, in a reversal of the normal orientation of piracy cases between major labels and the rest of the world.  —  PointDev, which makes Windows administration software …
Discussion: Techdirt, TechRadar.com and Inquirer
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Sony BMG's hypocrisy: company busted for using warez
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Digg
 
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
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The Local:
World's fastest internet connection ‘used to dry laundry’
Linux Foundation Announcements:
Linux Foundation Publishes Study on Linux Development Statistics …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Moves to Egyptian Desert Island
Discussion: The Register, Mashable! and Digg
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell axes 900 jobs in Austin plant shutdown
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Amazon Does Damage Control On Its Print-On-Demand Demands
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Sharing My Location Just the Way I Like It  —  I've been waiting eagerly for FireEagle.
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
The Transition to a Mac-ready Workforce