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12:40 PM ET, April 24, 2008

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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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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.
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:   Microsoft could go it alone without Yahoo!
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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
VP Lee Mighdoll Out At Twitter, Business Plan Still MIA  —  Twitter VP Engineering and Operations Lee Mighdoll has left Twitter after 3 months, reports Silicon Alley Insider.  —  Peter Kafka quotes Biz Stone saying “both Lee and Twitter came to the conclusion that the match was not perfect …
Aoife White / Associated Press:
Microsoft not ruling out Windows XP extension  —  LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium - Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer offered a glimmer of hope on Thursday to fans of the company's Windows XP operating system, saying the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling it soon.
Discussion: InfoWorld
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Ballmer raises hopes with comments on XP end-of-life
Discussion: Tech Tracks and Microsoft
David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft could keep XP if customers want it: CEO
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: You want XP, we'll keep XP
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Motorola plots its comeback as cellphone icon  —  SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Talking with Greg Brown, Motorola's new CEO, is a bit like stepping into The Twilight Zone: Both require you to suspend disbelief, at least temporarily, and simply go with the story line.  —  Brown says the company's board …
Discussion: Digital Daily and mocoNews.net
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.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google brings display ads to mobile devices
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.
pressreleases.scripps.com:
Scripps reports first quarter results  —  CINCINNATI - The E. W. Scripps Company today reported first-quarter operating results, including strong revenue and segment profit growth at Scripps Networks, the company's operating division that includes HGTV and Food Network, and solid performance …
Discussion: ComparisonEngines.com
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Scripps' Q1 Profits Rise 22.8 Percent As Revs Rise 6.8 …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Nintendo: Average Wii Sits on Shelf for Just an Hour  —  Wii consoles, on average, sit on the shelves for just an hour before they are purchased.  —  That stat comes straight from Reggie Fils-Aime (pictured), Nintendo of America's president, who visited the Wired.com offices Wednesday to discuss the company's strategy.
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Associated Press:
Nintendo's profit surges on strong sales of Wii, DS
Discussion: GamePro.com and Game|Life
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.
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Open Search Platform Launches Into Private Beta  —  Yahoo is letting a limited number of beta testers into its SearchMonkey developer platform, a service announced in February that allows site owners to customize their Yahoo search result listings.  (Although it does not allow …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft earnings cheat sheet: Vista SP1 impact; Strong results expected; Is Yahoo a distraction?  —  Did Microsoft keep its focus amid all the Yahoo hubbub?  It may not matter given the bump from the weak dollar that Microsoft is expected to get in the third quarter.
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 …
 
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
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