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1:35 PM ET, April 4, 2008

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Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
20 reasons why Seesmic acquired Twhirl  —  As TechCrunch just announced, Seesmic just acquired Twhirl.  And here are 20 ways it will benefit the Seesmic community  —Staying in touch with your friends using microblogging is much easier using a client than through your browser
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
21st (and Real) Reason Why Seesmic Bought Twhirl  —  Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur outlines 20 reasons why his company bought Twhirl, an Adobe AIR-based Twitter client that is preferred by the self-obsessed net-set (including yours truly).  Some see it as a future-of-the-web move.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T's 700 MHz Strategy: LTE  —  The open access restrictions mandated by the Federal Communications Commission on portions of the recently auctioned 700 MHz spectrum were among the main reasons AT&T chose not to bid for that spectrum but opted instead to pay more for that of the B-Block …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
An Auction That Google Was Content to Lose
Discussion: Tech Watch
Google Public Policy Blog:
Cone of silence (finally) lifts on the spectrum auction
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo's Foot Dragging On Deal Could Cost Them Plenty  —  What is the problem?  I mean, seriously.  Yahoo! has been sitting on a $42 billion unsolicited offer on the table from Microsoft for two months, and other than a bunch of caterwauling since, Yahoo hasn't done much one way or the other.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Microsoft and Yahoo meet again, then walk away  —  Yahoo and Microsoft executives have reached an impasse.  Executives from both sides met this week near Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., but failed to reach an agreement, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and InfoWorld
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
A SaaSy SAP vs. Salesforce debate: Is Benioff overestimating his platform?  —  Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner dueled at the Churchill Club in a debate about the future of software and the generation gap couldn't be larger.  —  Benioff brought the bluster …
Discussion: deal architect
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Fred / A VC:
Something Important Is On The Horizon In The Music Business  —  Having ceded the file based music opportunity (mp3s and drm'd file formats) to Apple, the recorded labels are now getting hip to the much bigger opportunity, streaming music.  —  Yes, it's true that listeners will still want to own files for a few more years.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and The 463
Ashish Thapliyal / Ashish Thapliyal's Blog:
Silverlight Roadmap questions  —  Silverlight is about 7 month old kid but it is already making such a big buzz.  One of my colleague Rahul did excellent job in terms of putting up a FAQ regarding the roadmap  —  1. When exactly will Silverlight support all the codecs that a standard Windows Media Player support?
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:   Silverlight 2 targeted for “late summer” release
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Mobile Phone Industry Takes Aim at the iPhone  —  LAS VEGAS — Last year, the wireless industry obsessed over the iPhone.  This year, the industry is buzzing about how to beat it.  —  Touch screens, the mobile Internet and devices packed with multimedia capabilities dominated the discussion …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Craigslist to fan blog: Give us your domain, now  —  You don't mess with Craigslist, apparently.  —  A fan-run blog called Craigslist Blog has been served a takedown notice from the massive classifieds site, according to a post from blogger Tim White on Thursday.
Discussion: craigslist blog and WebProNews
Jason Hill / Screen Play:
GTA IV edited for Australia  —  Rockstar has produced an edited version of Grand Theft Auto IV for Australia in order to obtain an MA15+ rating.  —  The Office of Film and Literature Classification awarded the game an MA15+ rating on December 11 last year, advising consumers that the game contains …
Daniel Jacobs / International Business Times:
Apple iPhone Users Do All but Talk  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Users of Apple's iPhone are using the device to do everything but talk on the phone, according to a new study, transforming the product into a mobile entertainment platform rather than just a cellular phone.
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
U.S. reveals plans to hit back at cyberthreats  —  The U.S. Air Force Cyber Command is developing capabilities to inflict denial of service, confidential data loss, data manipulation, and system integrity loss on its adversaries, and to combine these with physical attacks, according to a senior U.S. general.
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Insecure Content Ownership  —  Taking ownership of someone else's content is always a tricky deal.  Nate McFeters and I spoke about some of the issues related to taking “ownership” of someone else's content last year at Defcon, but we continue to see more and more places willingly accepting …
Discussion: Zero Day
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
The Vista license “loophole” that isn't  —  Software licensing is often hard to understand.  But that's no excuse for so-called Windows experts to deliberately publish sensational stories that turn the facts upside-down.  —  I'm talking about the fuss that Scott Dunn and Brian Livingston kicked …
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Violent videogames = relaxation? It's more complex than that
Discussion: TG Daily
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Gates: Windows 7 may come ‘in the next year’
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Microsoft Unveils Web Series Slate
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Free” is Killing Us—Blame The VCs
Discussion: Profy.Com
IDG News Service:
Lenovo Completes Sale of Handset Unit
Discussion: Electronista
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D12 Seeded
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Digital Home:
Rogers Cable set to begin compressing HD Signals
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: more couch potatoes parked in front of PC to watch TV
Discussion: DailyTech and WebProNews
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Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
IPhone price cut in Germany
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Ruling: No safe harbor when the questions discriminate
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Middle-of-page Google Onebox Type?
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
DimDim's No Duh, Recession-Proof Proposition
Richard Thurston / The Register:
Creative climbs down over home brew Vista drivers
Discussion: Techdirt
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music leaves creators cold
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Google's Android work far from finished
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Griffin ClearBoost for iPhone