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4:00 PM ET, May 2, 2008

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Nathan / FlowingData:
Chart of the Day: A Breakdown of Facebook Applications  —  Of the 23,160 Facebook applications, I use about 5, but I probably wouldn't notice if someone randomly removed all of them from my profile in the middle of the night.  Kids these days.  I used to play BlockStar …
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: Facebook Apps Are Useless
Discussion: CNET News.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Facebook Apps Are Still For Toddlers: The Visual Proof!
Discussion: All Facebook
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Talks Intensify In Push to Reach a Friendly Deal  —  Talks between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. intensified Friday as the two sides explored the possibility of a last-ditch friendly deal, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Though the talks have intensified …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
CONFIRMED: Microsoft-Yahoo in Negotiations, Price Increased
Discussion: BoomTown and Deal Journal
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Sues Over State Law on Collection of Sales Tax  —  Amazon.com has filed a lawsuit challenging New York State's new law forcing online retailers to collect sales tax on shipments to state residents.  —  On Friday, Amazon filed a complaint in State Supreme Court in Manhattan objecting to the law …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
New York's “Amazon Tax” called “unconstitutional” by retailer
Discussion: AppScout and Computerworld
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
The Mac in the Gray Flannel Suit  —  More office workers infatuated with iPods and iPhones are demanding Macs.  Is business ready?  Is Apple?  —  Istvan Banyai  —  Soon after Michele Goins became chief information officer at Juniper Networks (JNPR) in February, she decided to respond …
Nick / Rough Type:
Is Office the new Netscape?  —  As Microsoft and Yahoo continue with their interminable modern-dress staging of Hamlet - it's longer than Branagh's version! - the transformation of the software business goes on.  We have new players with new strategies, or at least interesting new takes on old strategies.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
The IBM-Google connection  —  LOS ANGELES—Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt gave a speech and chatted with IBM's CEO Sam Palmisano onstage Thursday at IBM's Business Partner Leadership Conference here.  The two talked up their relationship, which primarily involves a joint research project.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Examining Microsoft's and Yahoo's unspoken concerns  —  In this post, I discuss what I believe are some unspoken concerns that weigh on the decisions both Microsoft and Yahoo are making during this very exciting takeover battle.  —  Quick status update, largely derived from the excellent Wall Street Journal …
Discussion: Go West and Valleywag
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: Sybil Has Nothing on Steve Ballmer
Wall Street Journal:
Ballmer Says Microsoft Can Build Ad Business Without Buying Yahoo
Andy Serwer / Fortune:
Larry Page on how to change the world  —  Breakthrough ideas are around the corner, says the Google co-founder.  But most of us are failing to take a chance on them.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — As president of Google, Larry Page has pushed his people to take risks that have led to hot new applications like Gmail and Google Maps.
Discussion: Valleywag and Digg
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry KickStart: T-Mobile launch and a whole bunch of specs!  —  You didn't think we'd actually leave you hangin', did you?  To follow up on on yesterday's post of the BlackBerry KickStart photos, we've got here a couple more images of the phone with T-Mobile branding and some interesting details on the physical design attributes.
Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes:
Tech's Top-Paid CEOs  —  Jerry Yang should take note: The best-paid chief executives among technology companies last year was not Google's Eric Schmidt.  —  Oracle's (nasdaq: ORCL - news - people ) Larry Ellison tops our ranking of the best-compensated chief executives at technology companies in 2007.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Blu-ray console shipping by September?  —  For all of Microsoft's denial, the Xbox 360 Blu-ray console rumors just will not die.  In fact, they are getting more and more specific.  The Chinese language Economic Daily News is reporting that Pegatron, an OEM subsidiary of ASUS …
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC.com mulls adding ads  —  Research to test tolerance for multiple commercials  —  ABC.com is about to find out whether one good ad deserves another.  —  Disney-ABC Television Group will begin conducting research next week on inserting multiple commercials into ad breaks for primetime series on its broadband player.
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
ABC to Cram More Ads Into Web Video?
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
BlackBerry users get corporate sales apps on the go  —  Research in Motion is teaming up with SAP to integrate key enterprise software onto its Blackberry devices in a move that could mobilize business applications in the same way it did for corporate e-mail.
Discussion: Business Technology
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InfoWorld:
SAP, RIM bring CRM application to BlackBerry
Discussion: Between the Lines
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun's open source strategy overshadowed by legacy businesses  —  Sun reported a nightmare quarter, elicited more cold Java analogies than I can count and announced layoffs due to a weak economy.  Can open source move the needle at Sun and spark some growth?  In a word: No.
Discussion: OSDir.com and Tech Trader Daily
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple on MacBook Air, Jobs' plane, leases, R&D, NAND flash, more...  Apple in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday discussed in detail some of the catalysts behind its industry-leading PC growth, expenditures for Steve Jobs' private aircraft …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
New York Magazine:
Rockstar Games' Dan Houser on Grand Theft Auto IV and Digitally Degentrifying New York  —  As we're sure you're aware, this week sees the release of Grand Theft Auto IV, the highly anticipated latest iteration of the popular violence-based, sandbox-style video game series.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Coming to America: Getting visas to do business in Silicon Valley  —  One of the parlor tricks I like to perform when starting off any Silicon Valley talk or presentation is to ask the audience to raise their hand if they currently live in the area.  Most people raise their hand.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and SarahLacy.com
Associated Press:
Court supports FCC deadline for Sprint to vacate channels  —  WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday said regulators were reasonable in sticking to a June deadline that requires Sprint Nextel Corp. to vacate some wireless channels that will be used by public safety agencies.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
 
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Iron Man  —  There was a game we used to play in the office …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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Discussion: GigaOM and Dallas Morning News
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Cheng leaves FT.com for Google job
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