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12:10 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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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 and MacUser
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: 24/7 Wall St., MediaFile and Tech Beat
New York Post:
YAHOO! SETS REPLY TO MICROSOFT ATTACK
Discussion: Fortune
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Yang hits back at Ballmer; mentions antitrust concerns
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Visualizing Whirled Peas
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and Digital Daily
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Rolls Out More Details About APEX/AMP
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Imeem Confirms Snocap Acquisition  —  After a long search that turned up no other buyers, Sean 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.  Terms are not being disclosed …
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
As expected, Imeem bails out Snocap by acquiring it
Discussion: Listening Post
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:
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 …
louisgray.com:
Five More Blogs You Should Be Reading, But Aren't  —  Not being one of the Silicon Valley elite, I've always had a soft spot for “the little guy”.  I've acknowledged giving the smaller Web services more leeway in their offerings, and it wasn't all that long ago that I highlighted five potential entrants …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Scrabble launches on Facebook: Yanks need not apply  —  An official Scrabble application, developed by RealNetworks' Gamehouse division, recently launched on Facebook's developer platform.  Will it be a Zombies-caliber success?  Probably not.  —  It's been clear for a while that the copyright holders …
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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: STARTUP CHATTER and Screenwerk
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 …
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Check Trip Itineraries On Your Mobile with TripIt Mobile
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Sony looks to 50% global market share for its Blu-ray products in 2008
Discussion: Engadget HD
Nokia:
N-Gage goes live with new games, devices
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Online Commercials: Now That's a Hard Sell
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Turns Out New Jersey E-Voting Problems Even Worse Than Originally Thought
PR Newswire:
Motorola and Carl Icahn Reach Agreement
Edwin Garcia / Mercury News:
Plan would tax music downloads
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup
Eric Rice / My Infocalypse:
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Babelgum's First Studio Investment - ‘Six-Figure’ Sum For Oil Doc
Discussion: Variety and Contentinople
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
NHL Launches Ambitious Next Phase In Broadband As Stanley Cup Playoffs
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Major Google Announcement Monday Evening: Is It BigTable?