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12:00 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 …
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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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.
John Leyden / The Register:
Storm Worms exploit April Fools  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  The miscreants behind the Storm Worm botnet have taken advantage of April Fools' day in a bid to infect more Windows PCs.  —  Security firms are warning users to avoid the temptation to click …
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   YouTube RickRolls Users
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Google lets users take Apps files offline  —  Hard drive autosaving to save you grief  —  $10,000 Panda Challenge - are you really protected?  —  Google is to give users access to Google Apps offline, meaning they'll be able to continue working if their internet connection falls down.
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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Philip Tucker / Official Google Docs Blog:
Bringing the cloud with you
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's April Fools' Day Hoaxes Go International
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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ITworld.com:
The low-cost laptop offer Microsoft can't refuse
Discussion: DailyTech
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel shows Atom-powered Eee PC clones
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Blog Comments Still Matter  —  Over the weekend, this post on Paul Graham's blog got a lot of attention.  The title was “How to Disagree,” and it focused on the different types of negative, or disagreeing, blog comments.  As Matthew Greensmith of Geek News Central called it, it was “a true geek masterpiece.”
Discussion: Notes2Self.net and Mashable!
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!
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 …
Discussion: MacRumors
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
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.
 
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Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
Laptop With Vista Attack Code Listed on eBay
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An Online Game So Mysterious Its Famous Sponsor Is Hidden
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BBC:
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
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eWeek:
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Promises, promises: A look at Waste Management's case against SAP
Dibya Sarkar / Associated Press:
IBM Hit With Temporary Contract Ban
InfoWorld:
Steve Jobs “miracle” in the valley
Chris Williams / The Register:
BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006
Adam Sherwin / Times of London:
The Facebook tool which turns your mobile into a snoop
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Web 3.0 isn't the Semantic Web, it's Hailstorm 2.0. …
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why We're Suing Facebook For $25 Million In Statutory Damages