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3:20 PM ET, April 30, 2008

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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.
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Report: Microsoft earmarks $1.5 billion to keep Yahoo employees  —  Microsoft plans to set aside $1.5 billion for employee retention at Yahoo, should it succeed in its unsolicited buyout bid for the Internet search pioneer, according to court documents in a shareholder lawsuit cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Yi-Wyn Yen / Fortune:
Yahoo maintains silence  —  Three days after Microsoft's drop-dead deal deadline, the standoff continues.  —  (Fortune) — No news isn't always good news.  Four days have passed since the expiration of Microsoft's deadline for Yahoo to accept its buyout offer or face a hostile takeover.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Microsoft To Make Non-Move Today?
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! …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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 …
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek, paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Time Warner to split off cable service  —  Time Warner is splitting off its cable services division, the company said Wednesday.  —  Time Warner currently owns around 84 percent of Time Warner Cable.  The media giant, which has been struggling of late, has been rumored to be discussing an AOL partnership with Yahoo.
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Professor Nigel Shadbolt / BBC:
Future web  —  Exactly 15 years ago the directors at the lab where the web was first developed signed a document which said the technology could be used by anyone free of charge.  —  That decision was instrumental in making the web truly world wide.  BBC News talks to some of the leading figures …
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Darren Waters / BBC:
Web in infancy, says Berners-Lee  —  The world wide web is “still in its infancy”, the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told BBC News.  —  He was speaking ahead of the 15th anniversary of the day the web's code was put into the public domain by Cern, the lab where the web was developed.
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Artsy side of search: Designers, pop stars create iGoogle themes  —  This is Google's video introducing its work with artists worldwide to create  —  beautiful, funky, and visually enticing iGoogle pages for the masses.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  If you thought Google's capacity for high design …
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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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Frank Caron / Opposable Thumbs:
Crytek swears off PC-exclusive games due to piracy  —  It has long been a running joke around the office that you guys hate us because we haven't reviewed Crysis yet.  The fact of the matter is that we're just too busy playing with the barrel physics demo.  Alas, those hoping for another well-tuned …
Discussion: TG Daily
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Chanpory Rith / LifeClever:
The Missing iPhone Ringtone  —  I love the ringtone at the end of every iPhone television ad.  It's simple, sweet, and unassuming.  But strangely, it's doesn't come installed on the iPhone.  You can't even buy it from the iTunes Music Store.  Fortunately, you can download it here for free:
New Scientist:
English village to be invaded in spybot competition  —  A village in south-west England will shortly be swarming with robots competing to show off their surveillance skills.  —  The event is the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD) answer to the US DARPA Grand Challenge that set robotic cars …
Discussion: Daggle
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Mark Rutherford / CNET News.com:   Robots to swarm English village in huge contest
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.
Discussion: Salon, Digital Daily, CREW and Slashdot
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Is Lessig's Free Culture just a modern Das Kopyright?  —  April appears to be shaping up as National Slag Lawrence Lessig Month.  Last week, there was RedState's ill-starred effort to turn the Stanford legal scholar (and Barack Obama supporter) into the next Jeremiah Wright.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
AT&T finally offers data-only plan for deaf iPhone users
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
An iPod arrives, with a virus
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Microsoft UK develops ‘senior PC’
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Encryption
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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