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11:15 AM ET, April 10, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Goes Scorched Earth  —  What a day.  I can't say neither side is throwing punches any longer in the epic fight over what's left of Yahoo.  Microsoft and Yahoo are done, for the most part, with sternly worded letters.  —  Yesterday Yahoo made two announcements/leaks.
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Fred / A VC:
We Need A New Path To Liquidity  —  Watching all these machinations between Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, AOL, News Corp/MySpace, and their ilk makes me sick.  They are playing around with Internet assets like they are toys.  And meanwhile the services we have come to rely on like Flickr …
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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Test Google Ads As It Mulls Broader Deal
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Yahoo!'s Striptease
New York Times:
News Corp. May Join Yahoo Bid With Microsoft
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:   News Corporation resumes talks with Microsoft over Yahoo takeover bid
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL Regroups Blogs, Launches AOL Tech Network
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Updates Layout, Now With Tabs And Statistics  —  YouTube has quietly launch a new layout on video pages with a new tab focused layout and video statistics (pic above).  —  The first change in the consolidation of Share, Favorites, Playlists and Flag into a dedicated tab driven box.
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 and broadstuff
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.
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 …
Discussion: AppScout and NewTeeVee
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
MySpace signs TV show deal
Discussion: The Social Times and p2pnet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Future of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed  —  As turtle-tastic as broadband is in the US compared to Asia, other than Time Warner's experiment to charge by the byte, at least consumption-based billing has mostly been a problem for Canadians.  Until now.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Blockbuster eyes streaming to TVs  —  Apple TV is getting some competition from Blockbuster.  —  The home video giant is developing a set-top device for streaming films directly to TV sets and is expected to announce the offering sometime this month.  —  Blockbuster declined comment …
Associated Press:
Text Alerts to Cellphones in Emergency Are Approved  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators approved a plan on Wednesday to create a nationwide emergency alert system using text messages delivered to cellphones.  —  Text messages have exploded in popularity, particularly among young people.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
IAC to Kick Off Start-Up Web Sites  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp is planning a series of start-up Web sites, including sites aimed at African-Americans, kids and news junkies, as it prepares for a restructuring that will carve off most of its older media businesses.
YouTube :: Blog:
New Viewer Discovery Metrics in Insight  —  When we announced our free analytics tool called YouTube Insight two weeks ago, we promised to update Insight with new features and information fairly quickly, and we weren't kidding.  Today we're releasing a new feature that helps you better understand …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
 
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Chris Mills / Opera Labs:
Opera Mini for Android
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Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
Why HP chose Via chip over Intel for Mini-Note
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Yahoo Pitches the Lazy Developer
Discussion: DailyTech
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AdBrite Launches Open Targeting Exchange
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Ben Fullerton / Twitter Blog:
A little spring cleaning
Discussion: The Blog Herald
comScore:
comScore Video Metrix Launched in U.K., France, Germany and Canada
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Closely-watched case may spell trouble for software patents
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone contacts search and meeting invite revealed
Discussion: The Apple Core and Gadget Lab
 Earlier Items: 
Department of Homeland Security:
Cyber Storm: Securing Cyber Space
Sony:
Pretty as a picture: make an artistic statement with the new …
Discussion: Tech Digest, Gizmodo and Engadget
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’
Veronica Belmont:
Ok, you were right! I'm joining Tekzilla!
Discussion: Valleywag, Revision3 and Ryan Block
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
What the New York Times “death by blogging” story got right.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Consider Your Needs, Then Use This Guide To Buying a Laptop
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ashton Kutcher-backed startup Ooma is falling apart
Discussion: DSLreports