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2:55 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Does Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer need an intervention?  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may need an intervention before this obsession with Yahoo-which is really about an obsession over Google-spins out of control.  —  We're about to hit a second milepost in what is a frenetic week …
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:
Ballmer: You want XP, we'll keep XP  —  The death of Windows XP may have been greatly exaggerated.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around.  So far, they have not.  —  “XP will hit an end-of-life.
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Microsoft could keep XP if customers want it: CEO  —  LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium (Reuters) - Microsoft could re-think plans to phase out its Windows XP operating system by June 30 if customers show they want to keep it but so far they have not, Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said.  —  “XP will hit an end-of-life.
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: CrunchGear and InfoWorld
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 …
Discussion: Mark Evans and WinExtra
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo SearchMonkey 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 them to change …
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PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces First-Quarter Financial Results  — First-quarter GAAP loss from continuing operations of $0.09 per share, including net charges of $0.04 per share from highlighted items  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today reported sales of $7.45 billion in the first quarter of 2008.
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Motorola posts wider loss
Discussion: Digital Daily and All About Nortel
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Motorola plots its comeback as cellphone icon
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Colin Barr / Technology news:
Motorola phone sales tumble 39%
Phil Libin / Evernote Blog:
Thanks a Million - Open Registration Today Only  —  The new Evernote closed beta is about two months old and we've just passed an important milestone: our first one million notes!  During this time, we've made lots of improvements to the service and we'll be announcing a few more big things in the next couple of weeks.
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.
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo Allows Users To Expand/Narrow Results On Map With New Visual Tool
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
I resigned from Pulvermedia  —  Just wanted to share the news that I have resigned as a director from PulverMedia.  —  And I am not able to say anything else nor can I address any questions about this.
Discussion: GigaOM and VoIP Watch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
CNET and Yahoo Broadly Expand Editorial and Ad Relationship  —  When it reports its first-quarter earnings this afternoon, CNET Networks (CNET) will also announce a much expanded editorial and advertising relationship with Yahoo (YHOO) that will give the tech news site broad distribution on the highly trafficked Internet portal.
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.
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.
Crave at CNET UK:
iRiver E150, E200 to go aluminium and lose speakers  —  We've just had some top-secret, hot-off-the-press exclusive news about iRiver.  You know the E100 we just reviewed?  It's going to be getting a serious overhaul for the next version, to be known as the E150 or the E200.
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.
 
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Susie Pan / DigiTimes:
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PR Newswire:
EarthLink Announces First Quarter Results
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Listening to the Audience (Twitter) at Web 2. Expo: The Balance …
Percy Cabello / Mozilla Links:
Facebook Chat in your Firefox sidebar
Discussion: Webware.com and Download Squad
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Lessig, Google, Obama, and Jesus: a net neutrality mash-up
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Microsoft's Tellme launches its best app ever...for BlackBerry
Reuters:
China becomes world's largest Internet population
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft earnings cheat sheet: Vista SP1 impact; Strong results …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Negroponte, developers at odds over future of OLPC platform
Chris Kohler / Game|Life:
Nintendo: Average Wii Sits on Shelf for Just an Hour
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Geezeo Takes Investment From TheStreet.com With Option To Buy
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Lights. Camera. Cellphone Action.
Tori Richards / Reuters:
Hacker testifies News Corp unit hired him
Discussion: Mashable! and Valleywag