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10:00 PM ET, April 26, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Senior Yahoos To Jerry: Please, Please, Please Sell to Microsoft  —  Senior Yahoos “dread” the prospect of Microsoft (MSFT) withdrawing its bid, Kara Swisher says, fearing the dull thud as Yahoo's stock crashes to $20.  Specifically, Kara says, having chatted with her Yahoo (YHOO) sources,
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The 411  —  In the interests of getting Yahoo and Microsoft to make nice before all hell breaks loose on Monday, BoomTown is here to help.  —  Sources tell me Yahoo's board might gather Sunday to consider their options, although plans are still in flux.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo-Microsoft Fight Heads for a Deadline  —  Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. remained in a standoff Friday as a threatened Microsoft deadline for a hostile acquisition attempt approached.  —  The two companies and their advisers have been talking in recent weeks, but achieved no breakthroughs …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Next Move in the Microsoft-Yahoo Battle: Analysts, Wall Street …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
BlackBerry's Quest: Fend Off the iPhone  —  STEVE JOBS, Apple's chief executive and field general, has Napoleonic dreams of global conquest for his 10-month-old wonder gadget, the iPhone.  So it may be fitting that he's encountering his most serious resistance in a city called Waterloo.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Missed Twitter Questions from Jonathan Schwartz Interview at Web 2.0 Expo  —  In the Jonathan Schwartz interview at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco yesterday, I screwed up.  After learning we weren't set up for audience Q&A with microphones, I thought, “well then, I'll just suggest …
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
PC makers find ways to extend XP's life  —  Facing a June 30 deadline to stop selling PCs with Windows XP, the world's largest computer makers are getting creative.  —  Taking advantage of the “downgrade rights” offered as part of the Windows Vista license agreement, Hewlett-Packard and Dell …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rackspace Files IPO, Will Set Price Via Auction  —  Web hosting provider Rackspace filed for an initial public offering with the SEC last night, as we predicted it would.  The company will try to raise $400 million, and it intends to set the IPO price through an auction, much like Google did.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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.
Stowe Boyd / /Message:
Twitpitch Is The Future  —  I am shifting permanently to twitpitching as the sole medium for companies to pitch me.  I debuted the idea in the past few weeks, leading up to Web 2.0 Expo (see Web 2.0 Expo Meeting Scheduling: Twitpitch Me! and As Bad As It Gets: The Case For Twitpitches, Part II ).
Discussion: louisgray.com and WinExtra
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.
Will Smith / Maximum PC:
First Look: The Phantom Lapboard  —  If you've followed the PC gaming scene for a while, you'll no doubt remember the vaporous Phantom console.  It promised to bring PC gaming to the living room, but the only thing we were excited about was the killer lap-friendly keyboard-and-mouse controller that they'd rigged up—the Lapboard.
Discussion: Kotaku, Gizmodo, Engadget and Slashdot
 
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Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Google optimistic regulators won't bar Yahoo: source
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Pirate Bay gets a new name: Liberty Bay?
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