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9:30 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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Raises Yahoo Offer To $32-$33 Through WSJ; YHOO Wants $37  —  Microsoft (MSFT) leaks news that it is willing to pay $32-$33 for Yahoo—in a last attempt to get Yahoo (YHOO) shareholders to pressure the board to sell.  It adds that Yahoo's dope-smoking board wants “upper $30s.”
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Eric Schmidt: Google Has Secret Plan To Mint Money With YouTube (GOOG)  —  CNBC is hyping a Eric Schmidt/Maria Bartiromo interview that airs today at 4pm, but they're already released the transcript from the chat, taped yesterday.  —  Predictably, there are no shockers …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Aims to Monetize in a Post-TV Era
Discussion: CNET News.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Schmidt says Google still scratching head over YouTube profits
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
I've redesigned  —  “Finally,” Om Malik just told me after I told him about my redesigned blog that just went live.  We were just on a panel discussion talking to Google's sales team.  —  Some things you'll notice: a prominent FriendFeed component.  I've really become addicted to FriendFeed.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Robert Scoble Sell Out Complete  —  Update to our January post: Super blogger Robert Scoble, who has argued that having advertisements on blogs destroys trust, added advertisements to his blog today along with a redesign.  At least it's clear now who scratches Scoble's back - Seagate.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Controversial Pro-IP Act sails through Judiciary Committee  —  The House Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the Pro-IP Act, a legislative proposal which aims to impose stronger penalties for copyright infringement.  The approval is no surprise, since the bill's chief sponsor is committee chairman Rep. John Conyers.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Proposed new piracy penalties advance in House
Discussion: TechSpot
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.
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
Discussion: Engadget and Insanely Great Mac
Nwahs / TmoNews:
More 3G release news  —  Here is the update we promised earlier.  It is pretty hard posting from a non-smartphone, and cropping sensitive information out of pictures, so we do apologize for the delay.  This is the moment we have all been waiting for. 3G countdown anyone?  The list of cities, in order, is as follows:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
T-Mobile to debut 3G as voice-only. No data. We're over it.
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.
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!
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Warner Brothers To Rent Movies Online Sooner  —  There was good news for Apple and Comcast, but bad news for Blockbuster woven into Time Warner's conference call with investors today.  —  Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner's chief executive, said that the company's Warner Brothers studio …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MacUser and Insanely Great Mac
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Walks Away From A Microsoft Deal  —  After negotiating over the past few weeks with Microsoft and signing a letter of intent to be acquired, e-mail startup Xobni has walked from the deal, according to a source close to the negotiations.  The deal would have been a natural for Microsoft …
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 …
 
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Daily Poll: Is a Good Browser Worth Money?
Discussion: duncanriley.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Photosynth gets the CSI treatment
Discussion: USA Today, Mashable! and Channel 10
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Tibco entering hardware space
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Stanford Builds Parallel Computing Lab
Discussion: The Register
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Explaining the Cognitive Surplus
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Closes Big Funding Round
Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics for Blogger now in private beta
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Adobe guru to improve Windows interface
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BlackBerry 9000 hard specs, you excited?
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Firefox 3, del.icio.us, and you  —  Firefox 3 users, rejoice!
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixx Launches Innovative API - Continues to Challenge the Digg Experience
Lessig Blog:
It's Comrade Lessig to you, bub.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
HP makes memory from a once theoretical circuit
Chanpory Rith / LifeClever:
The Missing iPhone Ringtone