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2:15 PM ET, April 4, 2008

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Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Hold Meetings  —  Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. senior executives met this week to discuss Microsoft's proposal to acquire the Internet company but failed to resolve any of their differences, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The meeting, which took place …
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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Scripting News and broadstuff
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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
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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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
To the 700MHz victors go the spoils: ATT, Verizon dish plans  —  Now that the vow of silence rules in the Federal Communications Commission's 700MHz auction have lifted, the big players in the sale are posting their battle stories—tales of winnings, heroic strategies, and plans for future glory.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
An Auction That Google Was Content to Lose
Discussion: Tech Watch
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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Churchill Club:   A Churchill Club Great Debate: The Future of Enterprise Software …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Salesforce.com's Benioff bests SAP's Plattner in debate
Discussion: Anshu's Blog
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.
Discussion: iLounge
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Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   iPhone owners do everything but talk
Hank Williams / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Free” is Killing Us—Blame The VCs  —  I believe it should be possible to start a small business and to have a small number of profitable customers, and to earn a living.  From there, it should be possible to work hard, and to grow your business into something substantial.
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.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Microsoft Unveils Web Series Slate  —  Microsoft unveiled an ambitious slate of original programming created for its multiple Web platforms, including the MSN portal, MSNBC.com and Xbox Live  —  Microsoft sent a direct message to the ad buying community on Thursday—everyone's software company is a hit-making digital media leader.
Discussion: LiveSide, NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
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?
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 …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Fox Interactive Media Restructuring: Memo From Peter Levinsohn …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
U.S. reveals plans to hit back at cyberthreats
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’
Jason Hill / Screen Play:
GTA IV edited for Australia
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Insecure Content Ownership
Discussion: Zero Day
Arn / MacRumors:
Mac OS X 10.5.3 9D12 Seeded
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
Digital Home:
Rogers Cable set to begin compressing HD Signals
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Craigslist to fan blog: Give us your domain, now
Discussion: craigslist blog and WebProNews
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: more couch potatoes parked in front of PC to watch TV
Discussion: DailyTech and WebProNews
Mikael Ricknäs / Computerworld:
IPhone price cut in Germany
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 and Slashdot
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
MySpace Music leaves creators cold