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4:00 PM ET, April 26, 2008

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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Pirate Bay gets a new name: Liberty Bay?  —  Perhaps it's a blatant F.U. to content creators everywhere or maybe it's just an F.U. to Rockstar, but the Pirate Bay has gone out of its way to temporarily rename itself “Liberty Bay” in honor of the upcoming Grand Theft Auto IV.
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Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
The Pirate Bay Is Unapologetically Now Liberty Bay  —  While we wouldn't expect much in the way of apology or shame from the folks running mega-popular Swedish torrent tracker The Pirate Bay—that's not their style—we were just a bit surprised to see how timely and frank the site's home page was …
Discussion: Reuters and Mashable!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next Move in the Microsoft-Yahoo Battle: Analysts, Wall Street, and SAI Readers Weigh In  —  At 1PM ET today, the sand in Microsoft's hour-glass runs out.  Yahoo's (YHOO) three-week grace period will be over, and all eyes will be on Microsoft's next move.  —  We asked Microsoft whether …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Hostile Bid Could Be Over Fast
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Why it's time to dump the Web 2.0 sobriquet once and for all  —  Maybe it's a throwback to my childhood recollections of “duck and cover” school drills, but this nuclear winter Andreessen thing is still rattling around in my head.  —  First, the gloomy view: The economy is slowing …
Discussion: WebGuild and Digg
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
How We Use Twitter for Journalism  —  How useful can communication limited to 140 characters be for serious journalism?  It turns out that the short messages you find on Twitter have proven wildly useful for some writers penning larger pieces.  —  Here at ReadWriteWeb we've …
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Google optimistic regulators won't bar Yahoo: source  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc (GOOG.O) believes regulators would not bar a potential business deal with Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) because it would be “non-exclusive” and falls short of an outright merger, a person familiar with Google's thinking said on Friday.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Report: Google unworried about Yahoo ad deal's antitrust issue
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hacked  —  Hundreds of thousands of Web sites - including several at the United Nations and in the U.K. government — have been hacked recently and seeded with code that tries to exploit security flaws in Microsoft Windows to install malicious software on visitors' machines.
Discussion: Beyond Search and TechSpot
louisgray.com:
What's Your Twitter Noise Ratio?  —  The many thousands of people who use Twitter do so in wildly different ways.  Some use it to deliver minute by minute updates of their daily activity.  Others use it to hold conversations with friends and peers using the service.
Discussion: SEO and Tech Daily and broadstuff
Ryan / WordPress:
WordPress 2.5.1  —  Version 2.5.1 of WordPress is now available.  It includes a number of bug fixes, performance enhancements, and one very important security fix.  We recommend everyone update immediately, particularly if your blog has open registration.  The vulnerability is not public but it will be shortly.
Heather Green / Business Week:
Does She Look Like a Music Pirate?  —  Inside Tanya Andersen's private war with the recording industry.  Hint: She's winning  —  When Tanya Andersen opens the door to her modest apartment in suburban Portland, Ore., her Maltese-terrier mix, Tazz, runs over and wags his tail in a friendly hello.
Discussion: CrunchGear, p2pnet and Digg
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009  —  Hewlett-Packard will also provide Windows XP to business customers that want to downgrade from Windows Vista after June 30.  —  In the latest sign that computer makers are bucking Microsoft's decision to retire Windows XP at the end of June …
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
GPS market at turning point with sliding prices, demand off  —  AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Consumer navigation devices have gone from expensive gadgets to mainstream gear in just three years, but Europe's largest maker is struggling.  —  The experience of Netherlands-based TomTom NV …
 
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Staska / Unwired View:
LG Prada II in the works
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Presdo, The Magical Online Scheduler
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Aaron Besson / MyTriniPhone.com:
iPhone Video Recorder version 1.1.6 - Full feature Update
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New in Google Docs: Insert Videos, Edit CSS
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Desktop Clutter Art A Go-Go
Discussion: Digg
Kristin McAllister / Dayton Daily News:
Dayton woman sues man for sending her nude photos
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Jonathan Schwartz: A top blogger sees end to blogging
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look
Discussion: Digg
Computerworld:
Researcher finds new way to hack Oracle database
Discussion: Slashdot