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1:20 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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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.
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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Microsoft To Make Non-Move Today?
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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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Spinning Off Cable Unit  —  Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner Inc., continued to trim what has for years been the world's largest media company by announcing Wednesday that it would completely spin off its cable company.  —  The news — which was not unexpected …
CNN:
Time Warner Sees AOL 2Q Display Ad Revenue Down From Year Ago
Discussion: Portfolio.com
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Time Warner Begins Death by 1,000 Cuts
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
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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 …
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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Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports First-Quarter 2008 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said: “Our results this quarter, particularly …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's ad revenue growth stalls
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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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:
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.
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 …
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3Com Corporation:
3Com Announces Senior Leadership Changes to Accelerate Global Business Plan  —  Names Robert Mao New Chief Executive Officer and Ronald Sege New President and Chief Operating Officer; Sege Appointed to Board of Directors  —  3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today announced that the company's Board …
Discussion: The Register and Xconomy
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Stephen Lawson / Computerworld:
3Com names new CEO after failed Bain-Huawei buyout
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: 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.
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
AT&T finally offers data-only plan for deaf iPhone users  —  Way back in December, there was quite a commotion in the iPhone accessibility community when AT&T revealed that it would not offer a data-only plan for disabled iPhone users.  AT&T touted its Text Accessibility Plans instead …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Court rejects RIAA's ‘making available’ piracy argument
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
An iPod arrives, with a virus
Discussion: Listening Post
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Microsoft UK develops ‘senior PC’
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP confirms Business ByDesign delay
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Sony Ericsson Combines Java and Flash
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Encryption
Cade Metz / The Register:
US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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InfoWorld:
Tibco backing Microsoft Silverlight
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype 3.8 for Windows goes public with audio improvements, other tweaks
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social media focus groups
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mint Moves Into Investment Tracking
Discussion: Webware.com and alarm:clock
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Relaunching Measure Map
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The $199 iPhone? Something's Missing From the Picture
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As Broadband Growth Slows, Expect Speed Boosts