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4:55 PM 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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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 …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple notebook lines to see major design changes, sources say  —  Apple Inc.'s existing MacBook and MacBook Pro notebooks will be the last of their breed, as both product families are destined for major design changes upon their next refresh, AppleInsider has learned.
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Can Sony get 50% market share for Blu-ray this year?  —  Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008.  And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.
Discussion: Electronista
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Mossberg: 3G iPhone coming in 60 days  —  Uncle Walt says the iPhone will be able to download Web pages even faster in 60 days.  —  (Credit: CNET Networks)  —  Uncle Walt thinks a 3G iPhone will arrive within the next 60 days.  —  Walt Mossberg, the legendary technology columnist …
Darren Waters / BBC:
Search engines warned over data  —  Search engines should delete personal data held about their users within six months, a European Commission advisory body on data protection has said.  —  The recommendation is likely to be accepted by the European Commission and could lead to a clash with search giants like Google, Yahoo and MSN.
Discussion: WebGuild
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
European Groups Says Search Engines Must Delete Search Data Within Six-Months
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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EU Press Room:
Commission paves the way for in-flight mobile phone use across Europe
Microsoft Update Product Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287  —  Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Thin Intel Netbook to vie with MacBook Air?  —  During a keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, an Intel executive brandished a Netbook that looked Air-thin.  Will inexpensive Linux Netbooks be a poor man's MacBook Air?  —  Most of the photos to date of upcoming Netbooks …
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Ubergizmo
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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Electronista:
Motorola settles in fight with Carl Icahn
Discussion: eWeek, Digital Daily and TG Daily
Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
Time Machine via AirPort Disk Is Unsupported, Apple Says  —  Apple confirmed for me last week that a feature for using hard drives attached via USB to an AirPort Extreme Base Station is an unsupported feature.  The company declined to provide further information.
Discussion: MacUser, jkOnTheRun and MacDailyNews
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 …
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking!  TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked  —  UPDATE 4.7.08: Looks like ZDnet was hacked as well (although they've since cleaned up)  —  So in some innocent conversation earlier today with Allen Stern, he noticed that Tailrank was getting hammered with spam, via Tailrank's River …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Confirms Snocap Acquisition  —  After a long search that turned up no other buyers, Shawn Fanning's startup Snocap is being bought by music social network imeem.  We first reported the deal in February.  Imeem is officially announcing the deal today.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Media Watch: News.com Chief Dan Farber Brings Lessons Of Blogger Media  —  I'm waiting for Dan Farber, the new head of CNET's News.com, in a large, sun-lit foyer.  People are coming out for lunch and their mood seems relaxed and cheerful despite a 10 per cent cut in CNET staff numbers made just just a few days before.
Discussion: Furrier.org
John Bambenek / SANS Internet Storm Center, InfoCON:
HP USB Keys Shipped with Malware for your Proliant Server  —  A loyal ISC reader pointed us to this note from AUSCERT.  The basic story is that HP has optional “floppy USB keys” for some of their Proliant servers.  The 256 KB and 1 GB versions include a batch that also came with 'W32.Fakerecy …
 
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Business Wire:
Online Entertainment Portal MeeVee In Acquisition Discussions
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth:
Hitachi acquires M-Tech
Discussion: InfoWorld and Gadget Lab
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Pubmatic Data Suggests Small Sites Command Higher Rates For Remnant …
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple cuts expected flash memory spending by $200M
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Gmail being throttled, blocked by some anti-spam vendors
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Labels seek billions in damages over Baidu MP3 deep-linking
Discussion: WebProNews
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TripIt Goes Even More Mobile
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Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
The Great Unbundling: Newspapers & the Net
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
Home copying - burnt into teenage psyche
Discussion: p2pnet
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Scrabble launches on Facebook: Yanks need not apply
Discussion: GigaOM and Download Squad
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out New Jersey E-Voting Problems Even Worse Than Originally Thought
Discussion: BetaNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Eric Rice / My Infocalypse:
Should anonymous people be allowed to conduct business?
Los Angeles Times:
Cash scarcer for new technology firms
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
The Frustratingly Unfulfilled Promise of Google Gears