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12:05 PM ET, April 10, 2008

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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 …
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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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Jesus Is Coming, Look Busy  —  Everybody remain calm.  —  While it might have looked like it was the rapture for major Internet players yesterday-what with everyone and his mother getting sucked up into the Yahoo-Microsoft takeover tussle and disappearing into the ether of confusion …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry Strikes Back, Part 2: Yahoo-AOL May Announce Merger Next Week*
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In Another Surprise Twist, AOL-Yahoo Deal Said to Be Close At Hand
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Decline And Fall of Western Civilization Part III: The Twitter Years  —  Are you feeling Twitter overload, or just sick of hearing about it?  Blogger/Cartoonist/Ad Man Hugh McLeod feels the same way.  He illustrated a post titled Why I Deleted My Twitter Account with the following cartoon:
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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MacTalk News:
Australian iPhone Release Info Given to Resellers by Apple Australia  —  Rumours have been rampant for months since the launch of the iPhone in the USA back mid-2007 regarding Australia's chance to taste the iPhone.  There have been many dates and leaks of false info, so much so that some people …
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 …
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.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Personal InfoCloud
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   User Interface Updates at YouTube
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: Somewhat Frank and The Blog Herald
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 …
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: Mashable!, AppScout and NewTeeVee
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Maggie Shiels / BBC:
MySpace signs TV show deal
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.
David Pogue / New York Times:
Vying Hard to Claim Tiny Crown  —  Well, this ought to be good.  —  Last week, Sony released its HDR-TG1, which it calls the world's smallest full high-definition camcorder.  Which is a little odd, because Panasonic just released its HDC-SD9, which it claims is the world's smallest full hi-def camcorder.
Discussion: Salon
 
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
NetBlender releases iPhone SDK for Blu-ray integration
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM backs the truth up out there with FilesX
Discussion: InfoWorld
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: uwnews.org and DSLreports
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 Earlier Items: 
Chris Mills / Opera Labs:
Opera Mini for Android
Discussion: The Register and IntoMobile
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
IAC to Kick Off Start-Up Web Sites
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
The Future of Broadband: We're Totally Screwed
Discussion: Digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AdBrite Launches Open Targeting Exchange
Discussion: Tech Beat
Ben Fullerton / Twitter Blog:
A little spring cleaning
Discussion: The Blog Herald
comScore:
comScore Video Metrix Launched in U.K., France, Germany and Canada
Tim Greene / Network World:
Experts hack power grid in no time
Discussion: Newlaunches.com and Slashdot
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