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11:20 AM ET, April 24, 2008

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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Turmoil Not Finished: Engineering VP Lee Mighdoll Out  —  Blaine Cook isn't the only high-profile engineer to leave Twitter in recent weeks.  Lee Mighdoll, brought on in early January as the startup's VP of engineering and operations, is also out.  —  “After three months …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Yahoo: Incoming-Duck and Cover!  —  And, as BoomTown wrote yesterday, so the war of attrition for Yahoo begins.  —  Not with a bang, but a whimper.  And so much whine, I am considering serving up a nice plate of cheese to all players.  —  But while the first moves by Microsoft …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Microsoft could go it alone without Yahoo!  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer yesterday dropped the biggest hint yet that Redmond could turn its back on rival Yahoo! if its hostile bid to buy the internet search engine is rejected.
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Justice Dept looking at Google/Yahoo test  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating possible antitrust implications of Google's two-week test with Yahoo to combine some of their Web search and advertising business, a source informed about the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
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New York Post:
BALLMER BLUSTER  —  M'SOFT CEO SAYS HE COULD WALK AWAY FROM A DEAL  —  Undaunted by Yahoo!'s solid earnings report, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continued his overseas blustering tour yesterday by telling an Italian audience that his company is perfectly content to walk away from a deal.
Macworld:
Apple: 200,000 iPhone developers so far  —  Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that the company has signed up 200,000 developers for its iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) release thus far.  Oppenheimer also said that Apple is signing up more developers each week.
Discussion: MacUser, iPhone Central and InfoWorld
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Colin Barr / Technology news:
Motorola phone sales tumble 39%  —  Messy quarter at Motorola  —  Motorola (MOT) continues to struggle.  The Schaumburg, Ill., handset maker posted a first-quarter continuing operations loss of $194 million, or 9 cents a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $218 million, or 9 cents a share.
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Alexandra Kenin / Official Google Mobile Blog:
New mobile image ads  —  The mobile ads team is happy to announce the launch of mobile image ads.  These look like standard image ads for desktop web pages but they are smaller to fit on mobile screens and they run on the mobile content network.  Take a look at the mobile image ads example page to see samples.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
MySpace Apps Are Go For All Users  —  MySpace officially opened its Application Gallery to all users this morning after launching it in public beta last March.  In that time over 1,000 applications have been approved and added to the gallery and there have been over 2.1 million application installs across the site.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CNET and Yahoo Broadly Expand Editorial and Ad Relationship  —  When it reports its first quarter earnings this afternoon, CNET Networks will also announce a much expanded editorial and advertising relationship with Yahoo that will give the tech news site broad distribution on the highly trafficked Internet portal.
Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog:
Searching on a map just got a whole lot easier on Yahoo! Local  —  We have seen countless users struggle to find what they're looking for in a specific area or neighborhood using current local search and online maps products (ahem...ours included).  The results may be spread over too wide an area or not in a specific enough area.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
The I Hate Facebook Club Is Growing  —  Joyce Park, co-founder and CTO of Renkoo (developer of Booze Mail), says all is not well in Facebook Developer Land.  —  Park complains that many application developers get ahead despite the fact that they violate Facebook's terms of service.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Facebook Platform Faces Rough Road Ahead, Despite Successes
Discussion: All Facebook
PhotographyBLOG:
LG Secret / KF750  —  The LG Secret is a new 5 megapixel camera-phone that can also shoot DivX video at 120fps.  At just 11.8mm thick, the LG Secret is the slimmest 5 megapixel camera phone on the market.  Photo and video editing features include facial editing and SmartLight …
Tori Richards / Reuters:
Hacker testifies News Corp unit hired him  —  SANTA ANA, California (Reuters) - A computer hacker testified on Wednesday that a News Corp (NWSa.N) unit hired him to develop pirating software, but denied using it to penetrate the security system of a rival satellite television service.
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Frank Reynolds / FindLaw Legal News:
New Backdating Suit Takes Another Bite at Apple, CEO Jobs  —  Yet another Apple Inc. shareholder has filed a lawsuit in California seeking to prove that the company's directors wasted more than $105 million on the extra value of backdated stock options granted to CEO Steve Jobs.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The Mac Observer
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Geezeo Takes Investment From TheStreet.com With Option To Buy  —  Boston-based online money management tool Geezeo has taken a $1.2 million investment from TheStreet.com.  The investment equals a 13% in Geezeo and the company noted that TheStreet.com has an option to purchase the company …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
The Heron has landed: Ubuntu 8.04 officially released  —  Version 8.04 of the Ubuntu Linux distribution was officially released today.  Ubuntu is released every six months with many new features and the latest versions of popular desktop software applications.
Discussion: Open Source, Compiler and Lifehacker
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Negroponte, developers at odds over future of OLPC platform
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft could keep XP if customers want it: CEO
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Nintendo: Average Wii Sits on Shelf for Just an Hour
Discussion: Kotaku and GamesIndustry.biz
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Web Two-Point Yawn . . . Conference Fizzle?
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Earthlink Q1 Revs Fall 18.8 Percent; Income Up Strong On Cost Cuts
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Agence France Presse:
Google hands over data on suspected pedophiles to Brazil
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Lights. Camera. Cellphone Action.
Discussion: Beet.TV and CinemaTech
Michael Peck / Wired News:
U.S. Spies Use Custom Videogames to Learn How to Think
Discussion: Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Riding the power of undersea waves
Electronista:
Toshiba SSDs to reach 512GB, drop in cost
Amazon Web Services Developer Connection:
Announcement: Lower Data Transfer Costs
Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
Is Microsoft Hiring A ‘Halo’ Team For Peter Jackson This Week?  [UPDATED]
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma Not Dead Yet
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Tom / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Discussion: Gizmodo, Voices and Slashdot
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
SlideShare Slammed with DDOS Attacks from China
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SPOT watches, R.I.P.: 2004 - 2008
 

 
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Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
Newsmax joins the New York Post's editorial board and other right-leaning outlets criticizing a pair of Florida bills making it easier to sue for defamation

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

 
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