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6:00 PM ET, April 28, 2008

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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo  —  [Revision 1.1; see change log at the end of the post.]  —  We have seen extensive press coverage of Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo over the last few months, including notably excellent coverage from Silicon Alley Insider and the Wall Street Journal.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Another reason Microsoft should give up on Yahoo: Morale  —  Companies (at least publicly traded ones) are beholden to shareholders.  But they also are beholden to their employees.  And while most Softies are afraid to state for the record that they think Microsoft should abandon its takeover of Yahoo …
Apple:
Apple Updates iMac  —  Now with Faster Processors & Faster Graphics Option  —  Apple® today updated its all-in-one iMac® line with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and the most powerful graphics ever available in an iMac.  With prices starting at just $1,199 …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video: Psystar in the Wild  —  It's alive.  Reader Patrick (Whiskeyfrown) is lucky enough to be using one of the few Psystar Open Computing machines that have made it into the wild, and he was generous enough to make a video showing the machine (including the connections in the back to the monitor to show that it's legit).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name  —  So I was in Washington, D.C., this past weekend for a lovely wedding, traveling back to a city where I started my career and worked for 15 years after college.  —  And I conducted a little experiment among the more than 100 folks gathered for the wedding …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
What Twitter brings to the party  —  To this point, I have avoided getting into the conversations weighing the value and future of Twitter, FriendFeed, and the latest generation of community communications services.  They clearly represent an evolution of instant messaging and the triumph of the feed.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni's Secret Project: Merge Outlook With Yahoo Mail  —  E-mail startup Xobni may or may not be in acquisition talks with Microsoft (they say no), but they do have a nifty project up their sleeves that Microsoft would be interested in, especially if its proposed Yahoo deal ever goes through.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Intel lands Cray  —  Intel has busted into Cray, securing a deal with the high performance computing specialist to slot Xeon processors in future systems.  —  Cray's latest line of hardware remains centered around AMD's Opteron processors.  But now Intel will join the fold …
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Intel links with Cray for supercomputers, denting AMD
Discussion: GMSV
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Morgan Stanley's March Internet Trends Report: Social Applications Dominating  —  Morgan Stanley's Internet Trends report from last month takes a big turn from previous reports - the focus is nearly 100% on social applications and how they are taking over the Internet (Yahoo apparently read it).
Discussion: The Social Times
David Carr / New York Times:
At Journal, the Words Not Spoken  —  On Wednesday night, employees of The Wall Street Journal gathered in the Grill Room at the World Financial Center to bid farewell to Stuart Karle, the former general counsel of The Journal, a tenacious defender of journalism who is regarded as a reporter's lawyer.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
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Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
New FAS-FAX: Steep Decline at ‘NYT’ While ‘WSJ’ Gains
DigiTimes:
Foxconn to assemble 3G iPhones with shipments to total 24-25 million units, says paper  —  Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reportedly landed orders for the assembly of second-generation iPhones from Apple supporting 3G, with shipments to begin in June this year …
Web Site Optimization:
Average Web Page Size Triples Since 2003  —  The size of the average web page has more than tripled since 2003.  From 2003 to 2008 the average web page grew from 93.7K to over 312K (see Figure 1), some 233% (Domenech et al.  2007, Flinn & Betcher 2008).  During the same five-year period …
Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Real Threat to Google  —  As more consumers browse the Web on their cell phones, the No. 1 search engine must cope with less space to place ads  —  Google's biggest threat may not be Microsoft (MSFT) or Yahoo! (YHOO).  —  No, one of the most formidable challenges facing Google (GOOG) is likely sitting in your pocket or purse.
Discussion: mocoNews.net and BloggingStocks
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google forges ahead with next generation of image search  —  Search giant Google wants to push forward with a new, improved form of image search that's based on visual characteristics, not just text.  Last week, two of the company's scientists presented a paper outlining a system they're calling VisualRank.
Content Consumer:
The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment  —  Introduction  —  I've toyed with Linux since 2002, when I first installed Mandrake.  With the latest release of Ubuntu, I was interested to see how far Linux had come since then in terms of being used easily by the mainstream.
Karey Wutkowski / eWeek:
Rackspace Files for $400M IPO  —  Rackspace delivers Web sites, Web-based IT systems and computing as a service.  —  Rackspace Inc, which delivers Web sites, Web-based IT systems, and computing as a service, on Friday filed to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering of common stock.
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Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Dell, Lenovo to offer Windows XP beyond June 30 cutoff
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Broadband 2.0 Poised to Reshape Web, TV
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Nokia decks execs as it counts cost of free music