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8:05 AM ET, May 3, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Try to Make Nice  —  Latest Attempt At Friendly Deal Aims at Price Divide  —  Talks between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. intensified Friday as the two sides explored the possibility of a last-ditch friendly deal with a sweetened Microsoft offer, according to people familiar with the matter.
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New York Times:
Higher Offer by Microsoft Brings Yahoo to Table  —  After a three-month standoff, Microsoft was in active merger talks with Yahoo on Friday, several people involved in the discussions said.  —  Microsoft, which had threatened to abandon its bid or initiate an attempt to oust Yahoo's board …
Discussion: BloggingStocks, BoomTown and WinBeta
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
The Silicon Valley triangle: Google, Yahoo and Microsoft  —  It's Friday night and still no word from the Microsoft or Yahoo bunkers.  The headlines for today tell the story (see Techmeme).  —  The Wall Street Journal, which appears to be a conduit for the negotiations, has a story …
DealBook:
Finally, Microsoft and Yahoo in Merger Talks  —  After a months-long standoff, Microsoft and Yahoo are in active merger talks, a person involved in the discussions said.  —  Microsoft, which had threatened to abandon its bid, has increased its offer “by several dollars,” this person said.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   MicroHoo: Mail Monopoly Part of Yahoo's Price Holdout
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
The problem with Facebook  —  This chart says it all.  A new study discovers that the vast majority of Facebook apps are an utter waste of time.  But oh yeah — Facebook is worth $9 billion, or $15 billion.  And Slide is worth half a billion because it makes that super important FunWall application.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Watercooler: Yet another social network app company that's making money  —  Nobody really knows how much social networks applications are worth, which leads some people to think that they're not worth much of anything.  But try telling that to the companies that are building businesses through applications …
Discussion: alarm:clock and BetaNews
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Facebook App Categories Ranked By Usage
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
What's Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS  —  The government's new cyber-security “Manhattan Project” is so secretive that a key Senate oversight panel has been reduced to writing a letter to beg for answers to the most basic questions, such as what's going on, what's the point and what about privacy laws.
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
White House Plans Proactive Cyber-Security Role for Spy Agencies
Discussion: Security Fix
Sarah Lacy:
Larry Highest Paid CEO?  Damn Right.  —  It's not everyday you find yourself defending a guy that everyone else hates.  Oh wait.  Actually, I tend to do that a lot.  I even found myself doing that last night!  But most of them, I defend because I've gotten to know them well enough …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Apple 2.0
John Markoff / New York Times:
Pursuing the Next Level of Artificial Intelligence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — Like a good gambler, Daphne Koller, a researcher at Stanford whose work has led to advances in artificial intelligence, sees the world as a web of probabilities.  —  There is, however, nothing uncertain about her impact.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Iron Man  —  There was a game we used to play in the office, years ago, casting a movie of our own lives.  What well-known actor or actress would play you?  Who would play your friends?  The game eventually faded, as games always do, but at the time it was great fun.
DealBook:
Feeling Oppressed at eBay  —  Vote, sell or sue.  —  These are the limited options available to shareholders in a publicly traded company when they are unhappy or otherwise in conflict with corporate management or other shareholders.  Shareholders in a private, sometimes called “close” …
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: WebGuild, HipMojo.com, Valleywag and Digg
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
The Engadget Mobile Interview: Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun  —  We recently got a chance to sit down with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who definitely ranks among the geekier and more sincere CEOs we've had the privilege to meet.  We discussed the long-missing JavaFX Mobile platform Sun promised a while back …
Discussion: Slashdot and Engadget
Jake / THIRD RAIL:
Thursday at Noon is the best time post and be noticed (PST)  —  It's happened to me a few times; I stay up late working on a great post and finish at 1am EST.  In a rush of excitement I decide to submit it to reddit or del.icio.us and goto bed fully expecting to see it on the front page of their sites the next morning.
Discussion: AideRSS Blog and Mashable!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Want That Post to Go Popular?  Here's The Best and Worst Times to Post It
Discussion: WebProNews
Popfly Team Site:
Popfly Introduces Game Creator Alpha  —  Today we're adding something special to Popfly: an early version of our Popfly Game Creator.  That's right: Popfly is about more than mashups and web pages.  It's about making it fun to build things and share them with your friends.
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Associated Press:
Amazon sues N.Y. over Internet sales tax law  —  Internet retailer claims the new law, which requires New York residents pay sales tax on Internet purchases, unfairly targets Amazon and violates the constitution.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amazon.com is suing New York over a new law that requires …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
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Discussion: Electronista
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Old media needs to wake up, or die
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun's open source strategy overshadowed by legacy businesses
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Addict-o-matic  —  My pal Dave Pell's new Web hack is up: Addict-o-matic.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
Examining Microsoft's and Yahoo's unspoken concerns
Discussion: Go West, Deal Journal and Valleywag
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