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11:25 AM ET, April 6, 2009

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sun following the IBM deal collapse: Customer confusion en route  —  Sun Microsystems won't be acquired by IBM after all.  Now the explaining—mostly to customers and shareholders—really begins.  —  Sun will tell its customers that the IBM deal was just a slight detour and that the company's plan …
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Sun Had Better Have a Solid Backup Plan  —  Only a year ago, Yahoo was faced with a similar situation in the buyout attempt from Microsoft, and the results proved to be bad news for former CEO Jerry Yang after the company rejected a $47 billion offer.  But it's possible that Sun has an alternative plan; it had better.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
John Pallatto / eWeek:
Pride Trumps Good Sense in IBM-Sun Talks
Discussion: CNET News and Channel Insider
Miko Matsumura / SOA Center:
Sun IBM Collapse Heralds the Return of McNealy.  Jonathan Schwartz is Toast.
Discussion: Business Week
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   D'oh! Sun May Be Pulling A Yahoo!
Nokia:
Email the way you want it - Nokia E75 begins shipping  —  Espoo, Finland - The Nokia E75 has arrived in stores, bringing the company's best efficiency and productivity solution to the market.  The new arrival is the first device to ship with the new email user interface …
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Michelle Maisto / eWeek:
Nokia E75 Smartphone Now Shipping
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia's E75 now shipping to eMail lovers, pixel haters
Discussion: I4U News
Ty McMahan / Digits:
Payment Processor Revolution Money Pumped With $42M  —  At a time when both consumers and merchants are looking for ways to cut costs, several major financial firms and individual investors have pumped $42 million into Revolution Money, the payment-processing company backed by AOL co-founder Steve Case.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Payments News
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Business Wire:
Revolution Money Secures $42 Million in Series C Funding from Goldman Sachs Affiliate and Existing Investors  —  RevolutionCard Now Accepted at Barnes & Noble, Bloomingdale's, CVS, Nordstrom, Whole Foods and Thousands of Other Retail Locations  —  Revolutionary Payments Platform Continues to Grow in Challenging Economy
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube, Sony Pictures in talks over feature films  —  “YouTube is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to get licensing rights to some of the studio's movies.  The Professional” is from Sony Pictures and is available at Crackle.com.  —  YouTube is in talks to acquire licensing rights …
Ashlee Vance / New York Times:
T-Mobile to Use Google Software in Devices for Home  —  SAN FRANCISCO — T-Mobile is planning an aggressive push deep into the home with a variety of communications devices that will use Google's new Android operating software that already runs one of its cellphones.
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Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 outsells Nintendo Wii in March in Japan  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp's (6758.T) PlayStation 3 outsold Nintendo Co Ltd's (7974.OS) Wii in March for the first time in 16 months in Japan thanks to hot new PS3 titles from Sega Sammy (6460.T) and Capcom (9697.T), a game magazine publisher said.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Gearlog
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Robin Harding / Financial Times:
Wii sales show first sign of weakness
Discussion: Edge Online
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How I Came to Get a PC and Not a Mac  —  I don't buy new computers very often, and for a long time I slightly favored Macs over Windows PCs.  So no one perhaps is more surprised than me that my now four-month old laptop is a Sony and not an Apple.  I found my decision process to be similar …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
New iPhone To Have FM Radio Transmitter, Video Editing  —  In addition to faster wi-fi networking via a new wireless chip, Apple's (AAPL) next iPhone — which we expect the company to announce on June 8 — will have a built-in FM transmitter, 9 to 5 Mac reports.
Discussion: MobileContentToday and MacRumors
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Only the Beginning  —  On Friday the FriendFeed founders Bret Taylor and Paul Buchheit debuted a radical redesign of the product for about 15 journalists, technologists, and Robert Scoble.  We were asked not to discuss the details until Monday morning at 9AM Pacific.
Discussion: Off On A Tangent
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Raises $10 Million Fifth Round For German, Japan Expansions  —  Glam Media has raised a $10 million fifth round from investors related to its Japanese and German units, paidContent has learned.  The Japanese funding comes from Mizuho Venture Capital.  The VC arm of the Japanese bank …
Discussion: Beet.TV, CenterNetworks and MediaFile
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Lands A $10 Million Round, Its Fifth in 5 Years
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mass High Tech
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Completes Rollout Of Haystack To Stem Losses From Massive Photo Uploads  —  One nugget of information Facebook leaked out to press last week during the Gideon Yu fiasco: the company has been EBITDA profitable for five quarters, but doesn't expect to generate positive cash flow until 2010.
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Facebook's photo storage rewrite
Discussion: CNET News and TechRepublic Blogs, Thanks:atul
benheck.com:
Commodore 64 Original Hardware Laptop  —  Visit Hack N Mod for more hacking coolness!  —  Click photo to super-size it  —  This project somehow has the distinction of being both the longest and fastest portable electronics project I have ever done.  I originally started making a C64 laptop …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
MLB's Web Video Puts Everyone Else To Shame  —  Today is Major League Baseball's Opening Day, which means the first real game in more than five months for most players and fans.  It's also a big day for the league's Internet division: MLB Advanced Media is pushing a full slate of games …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Now streaming on Netflix: SpongeBob, Cartman  —  Viacom's MTV Networks has brought some of its television content to Netflix's library of streaming online video, the companies announced Monday.  —  The offering consists primarily of kids' shows from the Nickelodeon network …
Discussion: AppScout
Louis Gray:
As FeedBurner Flails and Fails, Feedblitz Fights  —  A week and a half ago, FeedBlitz announced it would be taking Google head on, offering a much-needed alternative to FeedBurner in the RSS automation space.  (See our initial post) At the time, they said they would “rapidly evolve”, and they weren't kidding.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Gadgetell
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech firms eager to gobble stimulus funds
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Xerox Outsources Management of Data Centers to India's HCL
Chris Tryhorn / Guardian:
Europe orders ISPs to keep records of every email and call
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft: Old Worm Copies Conficker for New Twist
New York Times:
Micro-Billing, Byte by Byte, Suits the World of Cellphones
Thanks:bobcaswell