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4:30 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.
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.
Yi-Wyn Yen / Fortune:
Yahoo maintains silence
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Incoming: Microsoft and Yahoo
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
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 and WebProNews
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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, NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
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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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
TW to Jettison Cable Unit, Which Did Well in Q1 08
Discussion: Bits
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Time Warner Begins Death by 1,000 Cuts
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebGuild
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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:
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.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
XM, Sirius Extend Merger Agreement
InfoWorld:
E-waste recycling faces several challenges, critics say
Discussion: CNET News.com
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Live Search Adds More Images, Multimap, Find My Location, & Celebrity Rank
Brandon McCormick / Google:
DOUBLECLICK MOBILE INTEGRATES WITH MOBILE AD NETWORKS
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Zenbe: Next-Generation Webmail, With A Platform Twist
Discussion: Searchviews
Business Wire:
United Online, Inc. to Acquire FTD Group, Inc. for Approximately $800 Million
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Psystar Open Computer unboxing and hands-on
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AOL's Platform A Integrates Tacoda Across Network
 Earlier Items: 
New Scientist:
English village to be invaded in spybot competition
John Oates / The Register:
Slashdot website down  —  Suffering from the self-Slashdot effect?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Apps Hacks Is Out
Discussion: O'Reilly Media
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
HP makes memory from a once theoretical circuit
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
It's easier to invent the future than to predict it.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
An iPod arrives, with a virus
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Is Lessig's Free Culture just a modern Das Kopyright?