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11:30 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, p2pnet 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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Microsoft won't budge on Yahoo price
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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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
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
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.
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.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nielsen: ABC Wins* Battle Of Network Web Sites  —  Last month, we declared CBS the top TV network on the Web.  This drew some howling from rival networks not to mention protests from impartial observers claiming flaws in the comScore video numbers we used to draw our conclusion.  We didn't disagree.
Discussion: MediaFlect
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!
BBC:
Smart networks  —  The risk of having an accident in a car could soon be drastically cut thanks to a new approach to wireless networks.  —  Embedded sensor networks are designed to replace existing networks that can only share information that has already been captured and stored.
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.?
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Getting to know the FriendFeed team  —  The one business that has most gotten my attention, other than Qik.com, so far this year is FriendFeed.  They are growing very quickly, 25% every few days.  —  Today I was fortunate to meet up with co-founder Bret Taylor and Paul Buchheit.
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.
 
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
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eWeek:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's U.S. consumer market share now 21 percent
USA Today:
Hotels crown guitar heroes with Wii, Xbox action
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Norway seeks to reverse Open XML vote at ISO
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Promises, promises: A look at Waste Management's case against SAP
 Earlier Items: 
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
nextNYers - Startup Alpha
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
IBM Hit With Temporary Contract Ban
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel shows Atom-powered Eee PC clones
Discussion: Engadget
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006
Linux Foundation Announcements:
Linux Foundation Publishes Study on Linux Development Statistics …
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
The Facebook tool which turns your mobile into a snoop
Austin Modine / The Register:
Dell axes 900 jobs in Austin plant shutdown
Discussion: WebProNews, CNN and IT News Digest
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Web 3.0 isn't the Semantic Web, it's Hailstorm 2.0. …
Discussion: Outside the Lines