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2:10 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Project Granola-Facebook Tastier Than Yahoo?  —  Project Granola?  —  Apparently, that's the jokey nickname that's been given by some in the company to Microsoft's (MSFT) new online strategy, in the wake of its failed efforts to acquire Yahoo (YHOO) that ended in a big heap of mess this past weekend.
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Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Bill Gates says Microsoft going ‘independent’ way  —  TOKYO - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday the company isn't pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  —  He said in Tokyo that the company put “a lot of effort” …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft still shopping; Approached Facebook  —  Microsoft, just a few days removed from walking away from its Yahoo bid, is reportedly sniffing around Facebook.  —  According to Kara Swisher, Microsoft's bankers contacted Facebook to see if Mark Zuckerberg and company would be interested in selling the company.
Discussion: Coop's Corner and SmoothSpan Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bankers Talked To Facebook About a Deal  —  Microsoft Corp.'s bankers recently contacted Facebook Inc. to gauge the Internet company's willingness to sell Facebook to the software giant, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  There are no active discussions between …
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Valleywag
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Microsoft: Saving face by buying Facebook?
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Corporate Development Strategy Changing Daily
Larry Alder / Official Google Blog:
Investing in the future of the open Internet  —  As you may have read, Google, Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners have entered into an agreement to invest $3.2 billion in a new wireless broadband company.
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Business Wire:
Sprint and Clearwire to Combine WiMAX Businesses, Creating a New Mobile Broadband Company  —  Intel, Google, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Invest $3.2 Billion in Combined Company, at Target Price of $20.00 per Share  —  Formation of New Company Brings Together …
Wall Street Journal:
Big Tech Firms to Invest in WiMax
Discussion: Digital Daily and Valleywag
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A $500 Million Week for Grand Theft Auto  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest iteration of the hit video game franchise, racked up first-week sales of $500 million, Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, plans to announce on Wednesday.  The report exceeded the sales expectations of analysts.
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Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Considering 250GB Cap, Overage Fees  —  Insider provides details of new ‘protocol agnostic’ solution  —  A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them.
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Board: Still Room for Schmidt?  —  The Google CEO's spot on Apple's board could go from awkward to untenable as the search giant's mobile push brushes up against the iPhone  —  Until now, having Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sit on Apple's (AAPL) board of directors has made a lot of sense.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?  —  A while back we posted about the plugin Azureus had developed, which allowed people to check whether their ISP is interfering with their traffic.  The results showed that indeed quite a few ISPs were, but the plugin didn't provide the user with direct feedback.
Discussion: DSLreports
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Mesh to get more competition — from Sun  —  At the opening day of JavaOne on May 6, Sun officials began laying out their vision for a future cloud-computing platform, code-named Hydrazine, that Sun plans to field against competitive offerings from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others.
Discussion: Wide Awake Developers and eWeek
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
$1 Billion of Cash Flow For Yahoo-Google Search Deal?  Keep Dreaming  —  The second reason Yahoo's stock (YHOO) has rocketed higher in the past few days (the first being Hail Mary dreams of a Microsoft (MSFT) deal) is that investors are expecting a whopper of a Google (GOOG) search outsourcing partnership to be announced any day now.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProBlog
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
FORA.tv Raises $4 Million Round from Hearst, Adobe, Others  —  FORA.tv, referred by TechCrunch as the “C-SPAN of the Web,” has closed a Series A round of venture funding with $4 million from William Randolph Hearst III, Adobe Ventures and other investors.  Hearst and Adobe were investors in the original $2 million seed round.
Discussion: VentureBeat, NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft May Build A Copyright Cop Into Every Zune  —  If you like to download the latest episodes of “Heroes” or other NBC shows from BitTorrent, maybe you shouldn't buy a Microsoft Zune to watch them on.  —  A future update of the software for Microsoft's portable media player may well include …
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Web 2.0, Please Meet Your Host, the Internet  —  I have a major problem with many of the Web 2.0 companies that I meet in my job as a venture capitalist: They lack even the most basic understanding of Internet operations.  —  I realize that the Web 2. community generally views Internet operations …
Discussion: MarketingShift
 
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Discussion: Apple 2.0 and iLounge
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Study: Developer activity on Facebook's platform is slowing
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Steve Jobs leads online voting for best beard in Silicon Valley
Discussion: Valleywag and Go West
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cablevision Buying Sundance Channel For $496 Million
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Want to Dress Just Like Celebrities? You'll Like Coolspotters
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
High-speed academic networks and the future of the Internet
Discussion: Slashdot
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple rolls out 5th beta of iPhone SDK, UIKit still in flux
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
Spot Runner Adds to War Chest, May Move Into Print
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AMD: Intel's misdeeds killing our long-term sustainability
CNN:
Viacom Chairman: Won't Tolerate Piracy By Video Sharing Web Sites
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Ban ‘Second Life’ in schools and libraries, Republican congressman says
Michael Perry / Reuters:
Pope goes digital to better connect with youth
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Tech's top 10 workspaces
Discussion: Slashdot
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Brightkite: A bright future for mobile social networking?
Andy Kessler:
WSJ: The War for the Web
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rumors of Jerry Yang's Dethroning Are Greatly Exaggerated