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2:10 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: HipMojo.com, 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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Leak To Reuters: Tomorrow They're Going To Write A Very …
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 Deal Journal
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 …
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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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:   Right idea, wrong time: Snocap's corpse washes up at Imeem
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
As expected, Imeem bails out Snocap by acquiring it
Discussion: Digital Trends and Listening Post
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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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, Ubergizmo and CNET News.com
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 …
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TripIt Goes Even More Mobile  —  TripIt, the service that creates master travel itineraries out of your confirmation emails, has become even more traveler-friendly with a new mobile site.  —  Users can access the site at m.tripit.com with their handheld devices.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Check Trip Itineraries On Your Mobile with TripIt Mobile
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Motorola:
Motorola and Carl Icahn Reach Agreement  —  Motorola Board to Nominate William Hambrecht and Keith Meister  —  SCHAUMBURG, IL and NEW YORK, NY, 7 April 2008 - Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Carl Icahn today announced that they have reached an agreement under which William R. Hambrecht …
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.
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.
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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Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:
Breaking! TailRank Exposes Massive Number Of Blogs Hacked
Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
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Katie Allen / Guardian:
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Discussion: p2pnet
PR Newswire:
Fujitsu Announces PalmSecure(TM) PC Log-In Kit for North America
Discussion: Crave and Engadget
Joe Cowley / Chicago Sun Times:
Pierzynski's fast start a real eye-opener:
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Sony looks to 50% global market share for its Blu-ray products in 2008
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Scrabble launches on Facebook: Yanks need not apply
Nokia:
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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
Discussion: BetaNews
Edwin Garcia / Mercury News:
Plan would tax music downloads
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Gets Another Hiccup
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Case Study In Personal Brand Destruction
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
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