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10:30 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
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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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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Build Your Very Own Google Airplane
Discussion: Profy.Com and TreeHugger
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.
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.
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.
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
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell axes 900 jobs in Austin plant shutdown  —  But hey, $3bn in savings!  —  Round Rock's Sword of Dell-ocles has once again dropped on employees of the world's number two PC manufacturer.  —  Dell today said it will close its Austin, Texas desktop PC manufacturing plant and lay-off 800-900 workers.
Discussion: CNN and IT News Digest
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Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
IBM Hit With Temporary Contract Ban  —  US Attorneys Probe IBM-EPA Interaction; Company Temporarily Banned From New Federal Contracts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — IBM Corp. has been temporarily banned from new federal contracts as prosecutors examine interactions between employees of the company and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Promises, promises: A look at Waste Management's case against SAP  —  Waste Management's lawsuit against SAP for a “complete failure” of a $100 million software implementation boils down to promises.  What did SAP promise Waste Management?  And how much responsibility does Waste Management bear for believing those promises?
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.?
Nick Zieminski / Reuters:
CareerBuilder, Facebook in job ads venture  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Internet jobs site CareerBuilder.com is teaming up with Facebook to help clients run job recruiting campaigns within the online social network, the two companies said on Monday.  —  Specialized recruiting ads …
Discussion: All Facebook
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Facebook And CareerBuilder Collaborate On Targeted Ads …
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
nextNYers - Startup Alpha
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel shows Atom-powered Eee PC clones
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Harmless Geek Pranks
Michael Kunzelman / Associated Press:
Family Pursues MySpace Sex Assault Suit
Discussion: p2pnet and Techdirt
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006
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
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Web surfers know advertisers are watching—and don't like it
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
YouTube RickRolls Users
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
How Google Can Eat Amazon's Lunch
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.
Anil Dash:
Your April Fool's Day Joke Continues to Suck
Discussion: Changing Way and Extraface
Martin Hodgson / Guardian:
Teenager guilty of million-dollar hacking campaign
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
The Transition to a Mac-ready Workforce