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2:20 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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
There is an Alternative Path to Liquidity, VCs just ignore it  —  Fred Wilson asks a very good question: … Here's what I think:  —  The major problem entrepreneurs face is knowing that the IPO market isn't an option.  They also know that their companies aren't necessarily IPO-worthy.
Discussion: Valleywag
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Google-Yahoo-Microsoft: Analysts React To The Latest Twists
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
In Yahoo-Microsoft buyout brawl, a flurry of punches
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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Rex Hammock / rexblog.com:   Is Hugh MacLeod about to be a trend story?
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 …
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.
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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 …
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 …
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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AOL Press Releases:
AOL Launches Technology Network
Discussion: paidContent.org
Chris Mills / Opera Labs:
Opera Mini for Android  —  Introduction  —  This article takes a look at one of Opera's latest and greatest projects - the creation of an Opera Mini version that will run on Google's Android open mobile development platform.  Over the course of the article, we'll explain why we created it …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's largest investor doubles down  —  Yahoo's largest institutional investor nearly doubled its stake in the Internet search pioneer, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.  —  Capital World Investors increased its Yahoo stake to 10.1 percent …
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.
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.
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.
 
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