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5:25 PM ET, April 14, 2008

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b2i.us:
Blockbuster Proposes Combination With Circuit City  —  Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) today announced that it has offered to acquire Circuit City Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CC) for at least $6.00 per share in cash, subject to due diligence.  The offer was made in a letter sent to Circuit City Chairman …
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Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Company claims to sell Mac clone for $399  —  Source: Psytar (at least until Apple Legal has their morning coffee)  —  Personal technology enthusiasts yearning for the Mac Experience without the Apple Tax—that huge markup that Mac users pay for off-the-shelf PC hardware with OS X—your days of gnashing teeth may be over.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘OpenMac’ Promises $399 Headless Mac... But Not From Apple  —  A company called Psystar has started advertising a $399 computer called “OpenMac” which claims to be a Leopard compatible Mac built from standard PC-parts.  For $399, you get a tower computer with the following specs:  — 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
What's wrong with a $399 Mac?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nick Denton “Pruning” Gawker Media, Ditching Three Sites  —  Gawker Media boss Nick Denton is “rationalizing” his blog business by spinning off three underperforming sites: Wonkette, Gridskipper and Idolator.  The sites will find new homes/owners as follows:
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Nick “The Slasher” Denton cuts loose three blogs: Gridskipper …
Discussion: WebProNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google mapping spec now an industry standard  —  Members of an industry group called the Open Geospatial Consortium have approved Google's KML technology as an open standard for describing some geographic data.  —  KML is used to manage the display of geospatial information in Google Earth …
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Michael Weiss-Malik / Google LatLong:
KML: A new standard for sharing maps
Discussion: Official Google Blog
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Content Is Becoming a Commodity  —  Over the weekend, it seemed that everyone in the tech blogosphere contributed to the discussion around fractured blog comments; Robert Scoble even went so far as to say that the “era of blogger's control” is over.  What all these discussions hinged …
Official Google Blog:
Salesforce for Google Apps  —  A little less than a year ago, we partnered with Salesforce.com to create Salesforce Group Edition featuring Google AdWords.  It combines Salesforce.com's CRM applications with AdWords to make it easier for businesses to generate leads, track, and close them.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive Opening Menlo Park Office; Big Acquisition Needed?  —  CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS), the digital media arm of CBS, is finally opening up a fully staffed office in Menlo Park, CA, in an apparent attempt stir innovation and content development...this comes about 18 months …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
At CBS, Bad News Doesn't End at 7
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The press becomes the press-sphere  —  One problem I've had with much discussion about the future of news lately is that it's too press-centric.  It focuses on the press as if it were at the center of the world, as if it owned news, as if news depended on it, as if solving the press' problems solves news.
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
The Boy Genius Report:
Sony KDL-XBR6, KDL-XBR7, and KDL-XBR8 specs, and release dates!  —  What could possibly be better than your 52 inch Sony XBR5 TV?  The XBR6, XBR7, and XBR8, of course!  If there was any doubt about Sony's seriousness with the XBR line, we can safely put that to rest right now.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Slurp 3.0  —  Over the past few weeks, we've been preparing for the latest version of the Yahoo! Search crawler with some infrastructure updates, which recently caused a variance in our crawl behavior.  —  With everything now in place, the rollout has officially begun.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Social network Hi5's developer platform is more successful (and spammier?) than MySpace's [updated]  —  It's a tale of two social network developer platforms.  Hi5, a site popular in some Spanish-speaking Latin American countries and other regions around the world, launched its platform …
Discussion: The Social Times
Xssniper / Billy (BK) Rios:
Google XSS  —  Now, normally when I find an XSS vulnerability on a popular domain I just report it to the appropriate security team and move on, but this one is interesting...  By taking advantage of the content-type returned by spreadsheets.google.com (and a caching flaw on the part of Google) …
Discussion: Netcraft and Security Watch
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple acknowledges graphics glitch with latest notebooks  —  Apple is investigating problems with its new Penryn-based Intel notebooks that cause flickering and graphics corruption during media playback and web browsing.  —  The two issues have been widely reported by users …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
That's Rich: FM Publishing Gets Big Valuation  —  Federated Media Publishing has raised between $40 million in $50 million in Series C funding at a $200 million pre-money valuation, peHUB has learned.  Oak Investment Partners led the round, with return backers like Omidyar Network also participating.
 
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Waxy.org:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Analysts: Yahoo and Microsoft likely to synch up this week
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Seagate Says STEC Solid-State Drive Infringes Patents
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Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News:
Stan Flack, a pioneer of online Mac journalism, has died
Discussion: The Iconfactory
Matt / Photo Matt:
SecurityFocus SQL Injection Bogus
InfoWorld:
Microsoft reveals new content partners, DRM for Silverlight
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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InfoWorld:
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Discussion: eWeek, GigaOM and Computerworld
Times of India:
UAE releases one of the ships impounded for cable damage
Discussion: Gizmodo
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
NAB: Will DVRs thwart rise of online TV shows?
Discussion: MarketingVOX
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Willcom's D4 MID pumps Vista on Intel Atom, into our hearts
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile betting on 3G to close on high-speed competitors
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