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10:25 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
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Visualizing Whirled Peas
Discussion: 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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Yahoo Wants More Cash, More Time
Discussion: CNET News.com
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 …
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media and CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Facebook rolls out chat...slowly
Discussion: Geek News Central and TechSpot
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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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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eWeek:
EU to Harmonize In-Flight Cell Phone Rules
Discussion: The Register
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 …
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 …
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 …
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Motorola and investor Icahn reach a deal  —  Motorola and activist investor Carl Icahn on Monday announced a settlement to their long-running conflict.  The result: Two Icahn allies will be nominated to Motorola's board of directors.  —  As part of the deal, all outstanding lawsuits will be dropped …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup  —  Amazon's Web Services experienced another hiccup today.  Early this morning, its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) went down for about an hour for at least some customers in the U.S. This follows a major outage of its S3 storage service in February.
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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Edwin Garcia / Mercury News:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Response Buys Time, Makes Microsoft Look Dishonest
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Discussion: New York Times and TeleRead
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
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