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9:10 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
So Now Everything Is Google's Fault  —  A year ago British musician Billy Bragg was whining that Bebo should be paying musicians a portion of their $850 million liquidity event, arguing that “the musicians who posted their work on Bebo.com are no different from investors in a start-up enterprise …
Thanks:bobcaswell
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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: CyberJournalist.net
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.
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.
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:
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?  —  When most people think of the Internet, they think of its vast reach - the copious amounts of information to search through or be overwhelmed by.  —  Biz Stone likes to think small.  “Creativity,” he says, “comes from constraint.”
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Archos 2 and Archos 4 flash players leak out  —  We haven't heard anything official, but images of an Archos 2 flash player have turned up in a few places on the web today, along with word of an Archos 4.  The 2's already listed on Amazon — it's not going to rock worlds, but it's not bad for $60 …
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
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Geocoding error distorts L.A. crime statistics  —  The Los Angeles Police Department is battling a virtual crime wave in downtown L.A. caused by an Internet map coding error.  —  If the department's online crime map is to be believed, one might thing that a downtown location just a block …
 
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and ithinkdifferrent, Thanks:imhassan
Terry / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
First Amendment will face difficult trials
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
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell netbook roadmap leaks out, get ready for the Mini 11
Discussion: Gizmodo, tinyComb and GottaBeMobile.com
 

 
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