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10:50 AM ET, April 7, 2008

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Business Wire:
Yahoo!'s Board of Directors Responds to Latest Microsoft Letter  —  The Board of Directors of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter to Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Corporation.  —  Dear Steve:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo vs. Microsoft: Thanks for the letter Steve; Now give us more money or get lost  —  Yahoo on Monday responded to Microsoft's weekend “negotiate or we're launching a proxy war or pulling our offer” love letter.  The gist: Get lost.  —  Give credit to Yahoo for sheer moxie (or maybe it's stupidity).
Discussion: Gizmodo
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Response Buys Time, Makes Microsoft Look Dishonest  —  ANALYSIS: Yahoo's response to Microsoft's ultimatum wasn't a full smackdown, but it should at least stop the deal-momentum that Microsoft grabbed over the weekend.  Yahoo did not say “we had a great Q1, and we're raising our full-year guidance …
Discussion: MediaFile, 24/7 Wall St. and Tech Beat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Visualizing Whirled Peas
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Digital Daily
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Yang hits back at Ballmer; mentions antitrust concerns
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Rolls Out More Details About APEX/AMP
Discussion: Screenwerk
Josh Wiseman / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Chat: Now We're Talking  —  This week marks the launch of Facebook Chat—a new way for you to communicate with your friends in real-time.  The Wall and Inbox have been the primary ways to communicate, but when more immediacy is necessary—for example when making plans for lunch …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
For Facebook Chat, a quiet and cautious Sunday debut  —  Facebook chose a Sunday afternoon, when much of the tech blogger corps was pleasantly enjoying real life (we can hope), to start rolling out its previously announced instant-messaging client.  That's likely no coincidence …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook rolls out chat...slowly
BBC:
Europe clears mobiles on aircraft  —  Mobile phone calls will be allowed on planes flying in European airspace under new European Commission rules.  —  The decision means that mobiles could be used once a plane has reached an altitude of 3,000m or more.  —  It follows six months of consultation …
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Joe Fay / The Register:
EU sets cellphone users loose in aircraft
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Comcast, Twitter And The Chicken (trust me, I have a point)  —  I've had a very odd weekend.  —  First, I've taken a dozen or so phone calls from concerned relatives and friends over this NYTimes article.  But a bigger issue is that the Internet was down in the house starting late Friday night, so I haven't been online much.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Facebook to Settle Thorny Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  Facebook is close to putting an uncomfortable and embarrassing legal episode behind it.  —  A person briefed on the status of dueling lawsuits between Facebook and the competing site ConnectU said on Sunday that Facebook was finalizing …
PR Newswire:
Motorola and Carl Icahn Reach Agreement  —  Motorola Board to Nominate William Hambrecht and Keith Meister  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) and Carl Icahn today announced that they have reached an agreement under which William R. Hambrecht, founder, chairman and chief executive officer …
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:   Motorola and investor Icahn reach a deal
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
The Frustratingly Unfulfilled Promise of Google Gears  —  Back on May 30th of last year, Google released Google Gears, a browser plug-in designed to help Web-based applications work even when they couldn't connect to the Internet.  I was pretty jazzed up about it, and so were my PCW colleagues …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Case Study In Personal Brand Destruction  —  A minor blogosphere tussle has turned ugly.  That's nothing new; what's surprising about this particular fight is that one of the participants, Shel Israel, is a well known author and consultant who makes a living advising others on how to avoid the very trap that he fell into himself.
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Aiming for a Virtual End to PC Headaches  —  So-called virtual machine software, which allows a computer to simultaneously run different operating systems and applications, is already having a big impact in corporate data centers.  And the leader in virtual software for server computers …
Los Angeles Times:
Cash scarcer for new technology firms  —  More Web start-ups are on the rocks as investors appear to be warier about their bets.  —  In recent months, some start-up technology companies have died or gone into comas after running out of money, a possible early sign that the resurgence in venture investment may be coming to an end.
Discussion: Screenwerk
Eric Rice / My Infocalypse:
Should anonymous people be allowed to conduct business?  —  This particular post is going to be written leaving out specifics relating to what service this involves, since it's important to focus on the questions and issues at hand.  For those of you that can figure this out, or know the back-story, please play along.
 
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