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7:50 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.”
Discussion: GMSV
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Next Move on Yahoo Is Imminent
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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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 …
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Radiohead won't repeat ‘In Rainbows’ giveaway
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Mashable!
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 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 …
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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.  —  Drama over.  The CrunchGear/TechCrunch Iron Man screening, which Marvel tried to shut down yesterday for no good reason whatsoever (more on that below), is back on.  —  We are adding another 30 spots on the wait list.
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 …
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.
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
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.
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Xobni Walks Away From A Microsoft Deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Closes Big Funding Round
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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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
Tim Smalley / bit-tech.net:
Nvidia's David Kirk on CUDA, CPUs and GPUs
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
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9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
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Adobe guru to improve Windows interface
BBC:
BT rolls out ‘faster broadband’
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BlogRize: Social News Gets Personal
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Mixx Launches Innovative API - Continues to Challenge the Digg Experience
Nwahs / TmoNews:
More 3G release news
Chanpory Rith / LifeClever:
The Missing iPhone Ringtone
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans