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1:50 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 Stern Letter To Microsoft  —  Yahoo leaks to Reuters that they'll issue a letter tomorrow responding to Microsoft's letter yesterday.  In the letter, Yahoo is expected to very sternly reject Microsoft's suggestion that its business is deteriorating.
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
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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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 …
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
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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Check Trip Itineraries On Your Mobile with TripIt Mobile  —  TripIt is announcing the launch of a mobile service today called TripIt Mobile.  TripIt aggregates your trip plans into a nice “folder” for each trip which makes taking the actual trip easier.  Instead of carrying around printouts …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
TripIt Goes Even More Mobile
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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:
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
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Nicholas Carr / Britannica Blog:
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PR Newswire:
Fujitsu Announces PalmSecure(TM) PC Log-In Kit for North America
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Joe Cowley / Chicago Sun Times:
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Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Sony looks to 50% global market share for its Blu-ray products in 2008
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Scrabble launches on Facebook: Yanks need not apply
Nokia:
N-Gage goes live with new games, devices
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Online Commercials: Now That's a Hard Sell
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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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Yahoo Rolls Out More Details About APEX/AMP
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Should anonymous people be allowed to conduct business?
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NHL Launches Ambitious Next Phase In Broadband As Stanley Cup Playoffs
Steve Lohr / Bits:
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