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2:45 PM ET, April 22, 2008

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New York Post:
MICROSOFT AND MARKETS AWAIT YAHOO! EARNINGS  —  It's D-day for Jerry Yang and his beloved Yahoo!.  —  Not since the first quarter after the marriage of AOL and Time Warner has a quarterly earnings report had so much riding on it as Yahoo!'s does today.  —  With less then a week …
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Tom Pfeiffer / Reuters:
Yahoo results won't affect Microsoft offer: Ballmer  —  SKHIRAT, Morocco (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will hold firm on its $43.2 billion offer for Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research), regardless of whether Yahoo's quarterly results impress or disappoint investors …
Discussion: Digital Daily and WebProBlog
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Microsoft throws cold water on Yahoo earnings  —  Updated 8:45 a.m. PDT to include comments from Microsoft.  —  Microsoft just threw cold water on hopes that a better-than-average Yahoo earnings report Tuesday would likely yield a higher buyout bid for the Internet pioneer.
Discussion: Electronista and BoomTown
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO) Earnings Preview: Solid, Not Blowout
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   M&A Game: Yahoo, Show Your Cards
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Ex-Googlers working on stealth social search  —  Nathan Stoll, former product lead of Google News, has been quietly working on a new social search service he started with the help of two other Google refugees, CNET News.com has learned.  The site, called Mechanical Zoo, is poised to launch in beta next month.
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:   Ex-Googler tip: Build start-ups in packs of three
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple files for universal iPhone instant messaging patent  —  Apple has set the groundwork for instant messaging on the iPhone and other touchscreen devices with an application for a patent on a universal interface for real-time text chat services.  —  Published in March …
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Apple looks toward iPhone chat app  —  At its iPhone SDK event last month, Apple touted an adaption of AOL's instant-messaging client for the iPhone.  Now comes news of Apple's own patent application for a chat feature.  —  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the application …
Nokia:
SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT joins Nokia Comes With Music  —  Music bundle on Nokia devices to include SONY BMG content  —  London, United Kingdom / Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT has officially joined Nokia Comes With Music, a revolutionary …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Sony BMG joins Nokia's unlimited music service  —  The concept behind Nokia's new music service “Comes with Music” is starting to catch on with the major music labels.  —  Sony BMG, one of the four top recording companies, announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Nokia to make its music catalog available on select Nokia devices.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Q1 Solid, No Scary Recession Talk, No iPhone Update (T)  —  AT&T (T) reported in-line Q1 results but didn't blow anyone away.  Wireless subscriber growth was a touch weak, but AT&T signed up more subscribers to its U-Verse Internet TV service than UBS analyst John Hodulik predicted.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Eee!  A New Cellphone!  —  These are topsy-turvy times for electronics makers.  —  Since the Eee PC burst onto the world's electronics scene last fall, the $400 nearly palm-sized laptop has been a phenomenon.  Its Taiwan-based manufacturer, ASUS, says it has shipped 1 million units worldwide through …
Discussion: FierceWireless and UMBC ebiquity
Reuters:
Sony to delay “Home” online service for PS3 again  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's game unit said on Tuesday it was delaying the launch of its “Home” 3D virtual online community service for the PlayStation 3 game console to autumn of this year, the second such delay.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Home delayed again, Sony adds more users to closed beta
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter May Not Have To Care About Uptime Any Longer  —  We used to speculate that Twitter's persistent downtime and overall poor service quality could result in a Friendster-type nose dive.  But after a three day weekend outage I realized that in the last two months a subtle shift occured …
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix, consumer electronics partnerships near  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. online DVD rental company Netflix Inc on Monday said it expects to soon announce three partnerships, similar to its set-top box alliance with LG Electronics Inc, that will let subscribers watch films streamed directly from the Web to TVs.
Discussion: last100, Ubergizmo and Engadget HD
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Intel Mash Maker: Mash-ups for the masses  —  Intel wants to make the whole Web editable, just like a single Wikipedia page.  —  The chip giant on Tuesday will make a beta available of Intel Mash Maker, a free browser extension that allows users to modify Web pages and combine information from different sources.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft finally takes the beta tag off its Salesforce competitor  —  For the past couple of years, Microsoft has been crowing about its hosted CRM service that competes head-to-head with services from Salesforce.com.  It wasn't until today, April 22, however, that Microsoft's offering in this space became generally available.
Discussion: Microsoft, InfoWorld and Computerworld
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Photobucket shares interface, matches Flickr  —  Photobucket, is making a significant change aimed to weave the widely used photo-sharing site more tightly into the Web 2.0 fabric.  —  The company is releasing an application programming interface (API) for its site, said Chief Executive Alex Welch.
The Technium:
The Reality of Depending on True Fans  —  I have been researching new business models for artists working in the low end of the long tail.  How can one make a living in a micro-niche?  Is it even possible, particularly in this realm of no-cost copies?  I proposed the idea …
 
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