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1:40 AM ET, May 6, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Yahoo (YHOO) Blew The Microsoft (MSFT) Deal, Part 1  —  The most interesting story to emerge since Microsoft (MSFT) withdrew its bid for Yahoo (YHOO) is that the companies are disputing the circumstances of Microsoft's $33 offer.  This is important for three reasons:
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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Chief Yang Open to Bids, Even From Microsoft  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang said he would be open to another bid from Microsoft Corp. or other companies at a price he considers appropriate.  —  Yahoo continues to speak with other companies about ways to increase its value …
Discussion: GracefulFlavor
New York Times:
Yahoo Chief Says Microsoft Was the Stubborn One  —  SAN FRANCISCO — People involved in relationships that end abruptly often have grossly conflicting accounts of what went wrong.  On Monday, Jerry Yang gave his version.  —  In an interview, Mr. Yang, Yahoo's co-founder and chief executive …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Tumbling House Of Cards … The lawsuits are rolling in, and Yahoo's biggest shareholders (see quote above) aren't being shy about what they think of Jerry Yang and the Yahoo board of directors.  —  My guess is that Microsoft still very much wants Yahoo, they're just trying really, really hard to make it look like they don't.
Discussion: FOXBusiness.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Jerry Yang Still Open to a Microsoft Deal  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said in an interview today that he's still open to a deal with Microsoft.  —  Yang told Reuters, referring to Microsoft's execs after they walked away from their takeover efforts Saturday …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Digital Daily
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Holders Turn Up Heat After Microsoft Deal Talks Fail  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Jerry Yang Monday had to tangle with some big shareholders who were displeased that he didn't reach a deal to sell his company to Microsoft Corp. at a sweetened price.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Jerry Yang Speaks: Mixed Feelings on Microsoft Pullout, Doesn't Rule Out Deal
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
EXCLUSIVE-Yahoo's CEO says still open to Microsoft
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Der ... Umm ... What $33-Per-Share Offer?
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Reuters
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google Reader sharing = kind of lame
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Reader Gets More Social: Now With Notes
Discussion: Mashable! and WinBeta
Frederic / The Last Podcast:   Google Reader with Notes - reinventing the wheel
press.qwestapps.com:
Qwest to Deliver Verizon Wireless Products and Services to Its Customers  —  DENVER, Colo. and BASKING RIDGE, N.J.-Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and Verizon Wireless announced today they have signed a 5-year agreement for Qwest to market and sell Verizon Wireless service beginning this summer.
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Associated Press:
Qwest drops Sprint in favor of Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Qwest to Sell Verizon Wireless Services
Discussion: DSLreports and Bits
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft adds NBC, other TV shows to Zune  —  Confirming the rumors, Microsoft says it will start selling downloadable television shows for its Zune device - including selected programs from NBC, the network that split from market leader Apple.  —  The move comes more than two years …
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Jessica Mintz / Associated Press:
Microsoft, chasing Apple, adds TV shows to Zune Marketplace
Discussion: Lost Remote
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Includes Chinese Handwriting Recognition in iPhone 2.0 Beta  —  Apple has quietly included handwriting recognition for Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) into the latest iPhone Firmware 2.0 beta.  When you select Chinese input, you are given the option to use handwriting recognition allowing …
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AppleInsider:
Handwriting recognition interface appears in iPhone Software 2.0
Discussion: CrunchGear, iLounge and The Apple Core
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Free Wi-Fi, but Not for All  —  The battle between free and paid wireless Internet access is starting to look like a draw.  Or more accurately, a third variation is winning — a combination of the two.  —  Travelers want to log on everywhere at no charge, while hotels …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's PR Head Elliot Schrage Heads to Facebook  —  The Googlefication of Facebook continues, as Elliot Schrage, the search giant's vice president of global communications and public affairs, takes the title of vice president of communications and public policy at the popular social networking site.
Discussion: Valleywag, TechCrunch and All Facebook
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
The coming of .NET  —  This is the second part of a three-part series describing how one developer became disillusioned with the Windows platform and was reinvigorated by the bright lights of Mac OS X.  —  In part one, I described how Apple turned its failure to develop a modern OS into a great success.
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Flag Malware Sites In Search Results  —  Tomorrow Yahoo will launch a partnership with McAfee and will integrate their Site Advisor malware scanning product into Yahoo search.  —  The most dangerous websites are simply being removed from search results.
Why The Lucky Stiff / hackety org:
Sneaking Ruby Through Google App Engine (and Other Strictly Python Places)  —  Despite all the clicking that has been done on a certain star.gif, I really don't think Ruby is coming to Google's App Engine.  Google doesn't have much of a toe in the Ruby scene and App Engine is clearly entrenched …
Discussion: The Tao of Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion  —  Allen & Co. Managing Director Dave Wehner is out pitching a LinkedIn venture capital round at a whopping $1 billion valuation, multiple sources say.  This is a story we've been working on and isn't fully baked yet, but VentureBeat started speculating …
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Digital Transition Looms, but Do Americans Have a Right to TV?  —  In his biweekly trends column, PM's tech editor crunches the numbers on just how much it costs to get everyone onboard the digital bandwagon.  —  Next February, somewhere in America,  —  someone out there is going to flip …
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