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11:30 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.”
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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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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay-Craigslist Fight Is About Kijiji and Control, Complaint Shows  —  Last week, eBay sued the classified advertising site Craigslist in a Delaware court.  The suit received widespread coverage but its causes were opaque, since a copy of the complaint was not made public and the parties were not speaking publicly.
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Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   EBay makes public its complaint against Craigslist
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 …
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart, the clamshell flip phone?  We're unveiling it to you for the first time!  —  Are you ready, people?  We've been holding this info for a while now trying to confirm it, but no more!  We have here pictures of a new BlackBerry device.  It is a BlackBerry clamshell — a flip phone and codenamed the Kickstart!
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 …
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
Google Analytics Blog:
Google Analytics for Blogger now in private beta  —  Several weeks back at South by Southwest, Jeff Veen announced our new Google Analytics for Blogger reporting interface.  Currently available only in private beta, this product is a collaboration of several teams and marks the transition …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo IM for Vista beta: now with voice calls  —  Yahoo has released its Windows Vista beta of its instant-messaging software, adding such as support for voice chat and cell phone text messages that were missing from the preview version that's been out since December.
Discussion: Mashable! and PalmAddicts
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
AT&T Providing Free Wi-Fi Access to iPhone Users
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
Atlantic Recording Corp. v. Howell
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xiaonei, the Facebook of China, raises $430M — better funded than Facebook
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Controversial Pro-IP Act sails through Judiciary Committee
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechSpot
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
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Time 100 Includes Ballmer, Jobs, Allen, Rock Band Creators …
Discussion: paidContent and Digg
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Explaining the Cognitive Surplus
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Meebo Closes Big Funding Round
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Facebook ‘more effective than emergency services in a disaster’
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
9 Tips to Improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Adobe guru to improve Windows interface
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Firefox 3, del.icio.us, and you  —  Firefox 3 users, rejoice!
Lessig Blog:
It's Comrade Lessig to you, bub.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Goodness Prevails: Iron Man Screening Is ON.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
An elephant never forgets? George W. Bush's lost e-mails