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8:05 PM ET, April 5, 2009

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems  —  I.B.M., after months of negotiations, withdrew its $7 billion bid for Sun Microsystems on Sunday, one day after Sun's board balked at a slightly reduced offer, according to a person close to the talks.
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Fred / A VC:
You Can't Take The Paper Out Of The Newstand  —  The discussion in the tech/media blogs this weekend is Rupert Murdoch's comment: … Ian Betteridge has a good post on this and says: … I agree with Ian that Rupert is as smart and sophisticated as they come and he has thought this through.
Thanks:atul
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Ian Betteridge / Technovia:
Some quick thoughts about Google versus the newspapers
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Is the Apple press falling into Microsoft's trap?  —  Over the weekend, Microsoft (MSFT) unleashed the second TV ad in its “you find it, you keep it” series — this time swapping handsome, “technically savvy” Giampaolo for perky, red-headed Lauren De Long.  —  Once again the camera follows …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Tweets: Pixim And TweetPhoto Emerge  —  There's been a proliferation of photo sharing apps tied to Twitter, including TwitPic, Twitxr (review), and Yfrog (review), giving users a vast amount of choice when it comes to image sharing on the popular micro-blogging service.
Keith Teare / Opinionated:
In Defense of “nothing”  —  Columnist Henry Porter is generally considered to be a wise observer of the human condition.  Today, in an article in the UK Guardian owned Sunday, The Observer, he blew it ..... badly.  As a newspaper man he ought to have been aware of his almost certain bias …
Thanks:kteare
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Inbox Clogged With Admirers, Twitter Should Ignore the Hype and Get Back to Work  —  The hubbub that was created around a rumor that was floated late last week that Twitter was in “late-stage” negotiation to be acquired by Google-which BoomTown reported was premature-definitely resulted in one certainty.
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Small Company Offers Web-Based Competition for Microsoft Word  —  WITHIN Microsoft's Office group, the calendar on the wall appears to be 1983, the year the company introduced Microsoft Word.  The company still expects customers to buy its software applications as products and install and run them on PCs.
Discussion: Zoho Blogs, Thanks:zoho
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is This the Future of the Digital Book?  —  PLENTY of authors dream of writing the great American novel.  —  Bradley Inman wants to create great fiction, dramatic online video and compelling Twitter stream — and then roll them all into a multimedia hybrid that is tailored to the rapidly growing number of digital reading devices.
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
First Amendment will face difficult trials  —  The freedom of the press clause in our beloved First Amendment is about to undergo perhaps its most serious challenges, because “the press” isn't as neatly defined as it once was.  A fascinating case in Phoenix is headed for court, and it ought to give any practicing journalist pause.
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Carlos Miller / Photography is Not a Crime:
Phoenix police raid home of blogger whose writing is highly critical of them
Discussion: Simple Justice
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
RIM's upcoming devices: Onyx, Driftwood, Magnum  —  So... one of our ninjas just hit us up with some really interesting BlackBerry info.  While the specs of the following codenames are confirmed, releases are not, and as such, this should be used for information sake.  Here's what we got:
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Rumor: iPhone OS 3.0 to include video editing tools  —  It might seem like a big leap from a phone with no real video capabilities to one that will trim and clip your creations on the fly, but that's the implication of a few graphic elements sussed out of the iPhone 3.0 firmware by Ben at benm.at …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell netbook roadmap leaks out, get ready for the Mini 11  —  Oops, it looks like a Dell middle manager somewhere got a little too excited and let a full set of netbook roadmap slides leak out.  The biggest news is a planned Mini 11 due sometime between now and the end of Q3 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, tinyComb and GottaBeMobile.com
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes  —  For what it's worth, Windows Mobile 6.5 is shaping up to be quite a modern-looking mobile operating system, even if its new looks are only skin deep.  —  In one of the latest builds to have leaked (among the many that has), build 21202 …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and ithinkdifferrent, Thanks:imhassan
Noah Kravitz / PhoneDog.com Cell Phones articles:
T-Mobile Roadmap: Sidekick '09 on May 13, Touch Pro2 July 1, and more  —  Start a site called TMoNews and you'd better have a solid line on T-Mo news, right?  Well, it looks like my man David has just that.  While he made sure to title his latest blog post, “Tentative release dates,” …
 
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CBC News:
Smartphone viruses can't spread well — yet: study
Discussion: Ars Technica and sciam.com
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos 2 and Archos 4 flash players leak out
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadgetell and CrunchGear
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
You've got to know what you stand for to survive in journalism online
 Earlier Items: 
TechCrunch:
Chinese Social Networks ‘Virtually’ Out-Earn Facebook And MySpace: A Market Analysis
Thanks:atul
Arnold Kim / Normalkid:
Online vs Print, and the Evolution of Media
Discussion: Technovia
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics