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8:00 AM ET, April 10, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Test Google Ads As It Mulls Broader Deal  —  Yahoo Inc. said it will carry search advertising from Google Inc. as part of a test effort that could lead to a broader partnership and boost Yahoo's leverage in its ongoing takeover standoff with Microsoft Corp.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Strikes Back, Part 2: Yahoo-AOL May Announce Merger Next Week*  —  The WSJ confirms that a Yahoo-AOL deal may be imminent.  Earlier, Rafat Ali at PaidContent had speculated that the Yahoo-Google search partnership could pave the way for a Yahoo-AOL merger announcement, perhaps as early as next week.
New York Times:
News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, according to people involved in the discussions.  The combination, which would join Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and News Corporation's MySpace …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Comments on Yahoo! Announcement  —  Microsoft Comments on Yahoo! Announcement  —  REDMOND, Wash. — April 9, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today issued the following statement from Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel, related to an announcement today by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO):
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand  —  Things are moving fast in the Yahoo-Microsoft drama.  All the different forces are aligning for an endgame.  The latest twist: The WSJ is reporting that Yahoo is close to signing a deal to combine with AOL.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo-AOL: Will It Happen Finally?  In Advanced Talks on Combining  —  Update: Now WSJ is reporting the same thing, three hours later: that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) and AOL (NYSE: TWX) are in serious advanced talks on combining.  Under the plan being discussed, Time Warner would fold its AOL unit …
Business Wire:
Yahoo! to Conduct Limited U.S. Test of Google's AdSense for Search Service  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it will begin a limited test of Google Inc.'s AdSense for Search service, which will deliver relevant Google ads alongside Yahoo!'s own search results.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
News Corporation resumes talks with Microsoft over Yahoo takeover bid  —  News Corporation is again wading into the tense takeover negotiations between Microsoft and Yahoo, this time discussing how it could back up the technology giant's bid for the web company.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Goes Scorched Earth
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Striptease
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Quote du Jour: MSFT/YHOO/AOL/NWS/etc.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Scott Moritz / Fortune:   Yahoo turns to Google for help
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Engadget gets a new look and adds Switched to the family!  —  It's been well over a year since our last big redesign, which in gadget time means our last design was unveiled circa original Walkman.  So we're freshening up the whole joint — all seven sites — with a brand new design.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Regroups Blogs, Launches AOL Tech Network
Discussion: The Blog Herald
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Introduces Tool for Avoiding Traffic Jams  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Thursday plans to introduce a Web-based service for driving directions that incorporates complex software models to help users avoid traffic jams.  —  The new service's software technology, called Clearflow …
Discussion: eWeek, Gear Diary and All Points Blog
Economist:
Start making sense  —  Big and small companies are getting into the business of building an intelligent web of linked data  —  SOME new ideas take wing spontaneously.  Others struggle to be born.  The “semantic web” is definitely in the latter category.  But it may have found its midwife in Reuters, a business-information company.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MySpaceTV inks international distribution deal  —  The MySpaceTV show ‘Quarterlife’ is going international  —  MySpace is a social-networking site that behaves increasingly like an entertainment conglomerate.  —  MySpace, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is expected to announce Thursday morning …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   MySpace Gets International TV Deal
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
WHY I DELETED MY TWITTER ACCOUNT  —  It's no big deal.  I liked Twitter.  But I found it too easy.  —  I think my time would be better spent drawing cartoons and writing books.  —  That's just how I feel.
Discussion: /Message and Spidey Senses
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Can't Get Their Price, Goes For Fundraising Instead Of Sale  —  Web chat startup Meebo has been working with investment bank Montgomery & Co. for the last few months to either find a buyer or raise a big new round of financing.  The rumor was they were looking for a $250 million valuation.
Richard Felton / TG Daily:
Apple 's 3G iPhone to be priced from $399  —  Chicago (IL) - We just came across a few more interesting 3G iPhone details.  Industry sources told TG Daily that the device in fact will launch at WWDC 2008, in two or possible three different configurations, and prices starting at $399.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ashton Kutcher-backed startup Ooma is falling apart  —  Hold the phone: Voice-over-Internet startup Ooma is flailing, despite — or perhaps because of — a viral-video marketing campaign directed by Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher.  Ooma launched its product, a $400 device which offers unlimited phone calls …
 
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Sony:
Pretty as a picture: make an artistic statement with the new …
Discussion: Tech Digest, Gizmodo and Engadget
CNN:
FCC approves emergency alert text-messaging system
Discussion: Capitol Valley and Gawker
Tim Greene / Network World:
Experts hack power grid in no time
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Paul Adams / Compiler:
Google Says, ‘Sorry, You Search Like A Bot’
PR Newswire:
Picture Perfect Mother's Day Gift: ViewSonic Digital Photo Frames
Discussion: Engadget and Switched
Veronica Belmont:
Ok, you were right! I'm joining Tekzilla!
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Pupils posing as paedophiles in cyber-bullying, police warn
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What the New York Times “death by blogging” story got right.
 Earlier Items: 
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Consider Your Needs, Then Use This Guide To Buying a Laptop
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Symantec Acquires Desktop Virtualization Firm
Discussion: The Register
InfoWorld:
AMD finally ships quad-core Opterons
Discussion: TG Daily and Hardware 2.0
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
An All Too Convenient Truth: Many Marketers Pollute the Web
Discussion: Cost Per News
PC World:
First Look: Adobe Media Player
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Amazon Handing Out $50 to HD DVD Victims
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Mozilla Fennec takes browser fight to handhelds
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gartner: Windows collapsing under its own weight; Radical change needed