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6:55 PM ET, April 30, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Board Mulls Yahoo Bid But Price Remains Key Issue  —  Microsoft Corp.'s directors are meeting Wednesday to weigh the company's approach in its takeover standoff with Yahoo Inc. and an announcement could come following the meeting, say people familiar with the matter.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Next Move on Yahoo Is Imminent  —  One Possibility  —  Is a Proxy Slate  —  To Replace Board  —  Microsoft Corp. is expected to make its next move in the three-month-old takeover standoff with Yahoo Inc. as early as Wednesday, as the two sides have failed to reach any negotiated acquisition deal.
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Incoming: Microsoft and Yahoo
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
CNBC.com:
Exclusive Interview With Google's Eric Schmidt  —  CNBC's Maria Bartiromo sat down with Google  —  [GOOG Loading...  (%) ] CEO, Dr. Eric Schmidt Tuesday at the Milken Conference in Los Angeles to discuss Google's growth and U.S. slowdown, the possibility of a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo! …
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Mimi Turner / Hollywood Reporter:
Thom Yorke: Radiohead's stunt was ‘one-off’  —  Band won't offer unpriced downloads again  —  LONDON — They turned the music sales model on its head, but indie rockers Radiohead won't be repeating their decision to let fans choose what to pay for their downloads, frontman Thom Yorke told The Hollywood Reporter.
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Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Don't Give Up On Us Now, Thom Yorke!
Discussion: broadstuff and SarahLacy.com
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Psystar Open Computer notes, benchmarks and video  —  Okay, so we've been playing with the Psystar Open Computer for a few hours now, and we've formed some early impressions and put together a short video of it in action.  We haven't really tried to stress the system yet …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:   Psystar's Open Computer arrives at CNET
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
HP makes memory from a once theoretical circuit  —  It's the tale of the lost circuit.  —  Thirty-seven years ago, Leon Chua, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, mathematically theorized that scientific symmetry demands that there should be a fourth fundamental circuit.
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Bryan Gardiner / Gadget Lab:
Scientists Create First Memristor: Missing Fourth Electronic Circuit Element
Discussion: Gizmodo
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
An elephant never forgets?  George W. Bush's lost e-mails  —  The case of the missing e-mail  —  A federal magistrate judge on Thursday chastised the Bush administration for failing to fully answer questions related to a long-running dispute over missing White House emails.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
LinkedIn: We're Selling Ads For $75 CPM  —  LinkedIn (SAI 25 #8) may have been trampled by the likes of Facebook (SAI 25 #1) and MySpace in terms of users, but at least it can sell advertising.  Kevin Eyres, LinkedIn's managing director for Europe, told IDG the social network for careerists …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kongregate Gets $3 Million From Bezos: Growing Fast and About To Unleash Its Games on Facebook  —  Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has invested $3 million into user-generated casual gaming site Kongregate through Bezos Expeditions, his personal investment vehicle.
Discussion: SiliconValley.com and Mashable!
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Facebook ‘more effective than emergency services in a disaster’  —  Social networking websites such as Facebook are more effective than the emergency services and media at dealing with disasters, a new report claims.  —  Researchers found that blogs, maps, photo sites and instant messaging systems …
Lessig Blog:
It's Comrade Lessig to you, bub.  —  Julian Sanchez has a piece in Ars Technica analyzing my recent outing by PFF as a communist.  Or socialist.  Or quasi-socialist utopianist.  Whatever.  I'll leave the criticisms of the criticisms of my scholarship to the reader to judge.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans  —  We've got Google Earth and Google Sky.  Next up will be a map of the world below sea level—Google Ocean.  —  The company has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts, and in December invited researchers from institutions around the world to the Mountain View, Calif., Googleplex.
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Firefox 3, del.icio.us, and you  —  Firefox 3 users, rejoice!  Today I'm pleased to announce a beta release of an enhanced version of our Firefox Add-on for del.icio.us that now has full Firefox 3 support while retaining Firefox 2 compatibility.  While it is largely similar to the release version …
Discussion: Mashable! and Yahoo! Search Blog
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Zenbe: Next-Generation Webmail, With A Platform Twist  —  The most publicized improvements to email in recent memory haven't been browser-based, they've been extensions like Xobni and Xoopit that latch onto your existing mail client and provide auxiliary services.
Discussion: Searchviews
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Nvidia's David Kirk on CUDA, CPUs and GPUs  —  David Kirk, Nvidia's Chief Scientist, is an incredibly busy man with an even busier schedule.  In the last four weeks, he's been touring some of the top universities in China, Japan and Europe to give guest lectures on how Nvidia's technologies …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
 
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I've redesigned  —  “Finally,” Om Malik just told me after I told …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Warner Brothers To Rent Movies Online Sooner
Discussion: Gizmodo
Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics for Blogger now in private beta
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Proposed new piracy penalties advance in House
Discussion: TechSpot
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Adobe guru to improve Windows interface
Business Wire:
Akamai Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results
BBC:
BT rolls out ‘faster broadband’
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000 hard specs, you excited?
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Blu-ray player sales down despite format victory
Discussion: Bit Player and Portfolio.com
InfoWorld:
U.S. man gets 30 months in prison for ‘warez’ operation
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixx Launches Innovative API - Continues to Challenge the Digg Experience
Business Wire:
United Online, Inc. to Acquire FTD Group, Inc. for Approximately $800 Million
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.
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More 3G release news
Chanpory Rith / LifeClever:
The Missing iPhone Ringtone