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11:15 AM 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple iPhone SDK Beta 4  —  Apple released the fourth version of the iPhone SDK beta today.  The iPhone SDK now includes OpenGL ES support for the iPhone ([Aspen]) simulator.  Here's what Apple's developer website says about the update:  —  The fourth beta version of the iPhone SDK includes Xcode IDE …
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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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
SPOT watches, R.I.P.: 2004 - 2008  —  After a long, painful, nearly anonymous ride on the wrists of a select few uber-geeks, Microsoft's finally throwing in the towel on one of its longstanding pet projects: the SPOT watch.  Those who've followed the technology recently (you know who you are) …
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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
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Negroponte, developers at odds over future of OLPC platform  —  In our coverage of some of the serious problems faced by OLPC, we dismissed speculation that OLPC was planning to drop Linux and noted that such rumors have no basis in fact.  Our suspicions were confirmed by OLPC who responded …
 
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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?
Agence France Presse:
Google hands over data on suspected pedophiles to Brazil
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Lights. Camera. Cellphone Action.
Discussion: Beet.TV and CinemaTech
Tori Richards / Reuters:
Hacker testifies News Corp unit hired him
Michael Peck / Wired News:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Unlocked iPhones help drive Apple Q2
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
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