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10:20 AM 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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blockbuster: Carl Icahn Loves Our Circuity City Bid. Really (BBI)
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Retailers break vows on analog TV sales, get FCC wrist slap
Arn / 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
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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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
More Details On The Google-Salesforce “Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend” Alliance  —  On Monday, Google and Salesforce are officially announcing the complete integration of Google Apps (Docs, Calendar, Gmail, and Gtalk) and Salesforce's online enterprise apps.  TechCrunch broke the story last week.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google and Salesforce Join to Fight Microsoft  —  Google and Salesforce.com, two of Microsoft's most conspicuous rivals, are expanding a 10-month-old collaboration in an effort to accelerate their sales of customer management and office software to businesses.
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Google, Salesforce link up for business apps
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
Salesforce Announces Integration With Google Apps
Discussion: InfoWorld and WebProNews
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:   Cloud Watching: Google and Salesforce.com Band Together
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Willcom's D4 MID pumps Vista on Intel Atom, into our hearts  —  Check it out, 'cause you're looking at what must be the world's smallest QWERTY device capable of running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1.  At least it will be when it makes its debut in Japan come June.
Discussion: Electronista
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InfoWorld:
First Centrino Atom computer coming in June  —  The first portable computer based on Intel's Centrino Atom chip package is coming in June, although it will be bigger and more expensive than such devices were expected to be.  —  Sharp will manufacture the D4 ultramobile PC …
Discussion: eWeek, jkOnTheRun and Liliputing
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Erik Huggers tipped to replace Ashley Highfield at BBC  —  The former Microsoft executive Erik Huggers is tipped to be the BBC's new director of future media and technology, replacing Ashley Highfield, who is leaving to head the commercial web TV venture Project Kangaroo.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
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BBC:
BBC new media boss leaves
Discussion: BBC Internet Blog
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield to leave BBC for Project Kangaroo
Discussion: PDA
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Third-Party Gmail Redesign Style  —  The Firefox extension Stylish allows you to easily load homemade stylesheets in your browser, to be applied to specific websites.  These custom stylesheets are then able to change a couple of colors or font sizes... or deliver a full-featured redesign of an application.
Discussion: Mashable!
BBC:
Hackers exploit poor website code  —  Web designers making very old mistakes are letting malicious hackers hijack visitors to their sites, say experts.  —  Many of the loopholes left in the code created for websites have been known about for almost a decade say the security researchers.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
TwitLinks: The Techmeme of Twitter?  —  Just launched today is a new Twitter mashup called Twitlinks.  This one aggregates the latest links posted to Twitter by tech industry pundits.  The end result is a homepage that kind of resembles Techmeme, only without the threading of topics.
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Acquired By Live Universe  —  Pageflakes, an Ajax home page service that originally launched in Germany in late 2005, has been acquired by Los Angeles based Live Universe, sources tell us.  The deal has not yet been announced, and both Live Universe and Pageflakes refuse to comment.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Clock Ticking On Pageflakes?
Discussion: WebGuild
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
3G iPhone: What we know and what we don't  —  In the last several weeks, rumors and speculation about the upcoming 3G version of the iPhone have greatly multiplied.  The reasons for this sudden increase in noise could could be any number of things, but seasoned Apple-rumor-followers …
 
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile betting on 3G to close on high-speed competitors
Discussion: eWeek
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Hackers Open New Front in Card Data Thefts
PMP Today:
LG T80 Touchscreen DVB PMP
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba Portege R500-12Q surfaces with 128GB SSD
Discussion: Crave, Gadgetell and TechRadar.com
ZDNet:
AOL lands Verizon advertising deal
Discussion: eWeek
Reuters:
China 3G permits may take up to 2 more years: E&Y
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
No harm, no foul, no attorneys' fees for RIAA victim
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Microsoft may be barred from EU public procurement procedure
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Profile redesign pushed back several weeks
Discussion: BoomTown and Mashable!
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
What's interesting is what we say it is. Really?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter and inadequacy (er, the great friend divide)
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Storage Space, The Final Frontier
Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Their passion is Windows XP
Discussion: broadstuff and Wired News
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: We're serious about Internet safety and privacy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Incredibly Shrinking Music Biz — EMI Shutting Down Some …
Discussion: hypebot, Voices and Music 2.0
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: He Wrote 200,000 Books (but Computers Did Some of the Work)
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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