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8:40 AM ET, April 7, 2008

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Reuters:
Yahoo not opposed to Microsoft deal: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo is not opposed to a deal with Microsoft but Microsoft should pay more than $31 a share if it wants to buy the company, Yahoo plans to say in a letter to Microsoft, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Reveals Details of Its New Ad Sales System  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Yahoo is beginning to pull the wraps off an online advertising system that the company said would help it and its partners drive sales of graphical and other premium ads.  —  Yahoo said the system …
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:
Discussion: eWeek, 24/7 Wall St. and Engadget
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: All about Microsoft and Gizmodo
New York Times:
Yahoo Is Said to Rebuff Microsoft Threat Over Bid  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is expected to respond by early Monday to a letter from Microsoft that threatened to lower the price of its buyout offer and take it directly to Yahoo shareholders, people close to the company said on Sunday.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:   Yahoo Wants More Cash, More Time
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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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
For some reason, Twitter hasn't yet taken the journalist community by storm  —  After the derision which greeted the New York Times' blogging will kill you story on Sunday, I'm probably not going to do much for the reputation of the mainstream media with hard-core bloggers.  So it goes.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
One person you don't want to piss off
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 …
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and JD on EP
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 …
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BBC:
Europe clears mobiles on aircraft  —  The use of mobiles on planes flying in European airspace has been given formal approval by the European Commission.  —  The decision means that mobiles could be used once a plane has reached an altitude of 3,000m or more.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Internet Irony: Amazon Getting Disrupted By Apple, BitTorrent, Pirate Bay, et al  —  Barnes & Noble?  Tower Records?  Buggy-whip makers?  Amazon (AMZN) feels your pain.  —  A decade after Amazon's explosive entrance into book and music retailing dented big media retailers and put smaller ones …
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Accelerates Its Move to Digital
Discussion: TeleRead
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Joost CEO Admits to Trimming Head Count, But Not Global Vision  —  Joost CEO Mike Volpi refuted a widely circulated report that his company was scaling back to focus on the U.S. market in an interview with Om tonight.  Om surmises that the company has reduced head count by 35 to 40 to about 100, though Volpi wouldn't give a number.
Discussion: JD on EP
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Joost CEO On US & Global Plans, Cutbacks
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Joost Denies: No “Major Retrenchement”, Or “Sole U.S. Focus”
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 …
Discussion: eWeek and Virtualization.com
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NHL Launches Ambitious Next Phase In Broadband As Stanley Cup Playoffs  —  The National Hockey League continues its aggressive broadband push with a new video player for nhl.com, more ad options and a batch of channels timed to launch when the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday.
 
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 Earlier Items: 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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Fred / A VC:
The “Hidden Return” Of Online Advertising
Discussion: WebProNews and STARTUP CHATTER
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stanford Launches On-Campus Venture Fund, SSE Ventures
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Digg