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8:50 AM ET, April 6, 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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Miko Matsumura / SOA Center:
Sun IBM Collapse Heralds the Return of McNealy.  Jonathan Schwartz is Toast.  —  The Wall st Journal reports two board factions at odds in Sun Microsystems, one in favor of the IBM deal led by Jonathan Schwartz, the other opposing, led by Scooter McNealy.  —  Pundits are already spinning …
Discussion: Business Week
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 …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:   D'oh! Sun May Be Pulling A Yahoo!
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  —  This week Facebook will complete its roll-out of a new photo storage system designed to reduce the social network's reliance on expensive proprietary solutions from NetApp and Akamai.  The new large blob storage system, named Haystack …
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:atul
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
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget Mobile:
Nokia's E75 now shipping to eMail lovers, pixel haters
Discussion: I4U News
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.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone 3,1 to have Broadcom BCM4329, 802.11N/5GHz Wireless, FM transmitter/receiver  —  According to the fine folks over at AI, the soon-to-be-released iPhone 3,1 references the Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip in the boot script.  This is a significant upgrade over the current Broadcom BCM4325 for a number of reasons.
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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
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: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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.
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: TechCrunch and CenterNetworks
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 …
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 …
Chris Tryhorn / Guardian:
Europe orders ISPs to keep records of every email and call  —  Recorded delivery: New data retention law  —  Internet service providers are to keep records of emails and online phone calls under controversial new government regulations that come into force today.
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jon Swartz / USA Today:
Tech firms eager to gobble stimulus funds  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The biggest federal public works project since World War II offers tantalizing possibilities for the struggling tech market.  —  President Obama's staggering $787 billion economic stimulus package, passed in February …
 
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
Xerox Outsources Management of Data Centers to India's HCL
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft: Old Worm Copies Conficker for New Twist
Discussion: Softpedia News and Network World
Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Is Working with Microsoft to Fight Koobface Virus
Discussion: The Register
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK consumers do not mind online ads
New York Times:
Micro-Billing, Byte by Byte, Suits the World of Cellphones
Thanks:bobcaswell
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
ARM: Heretic in the church of Intel, Moore's Law
Discussion: digg.com
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Think Microblogging is Hip? Try Nanoblogging!
Discussion: BoomTown
 Earlier Items: 
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?
Discussion: Twitterrati
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Tweets: Pixim And TweetPhoto Emerge
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
With Inbox Clogged With Admirers, Twitter Should Ignore the Hype …
Discussion: CNET News and NEWS.com.au, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Small Company Offers Web-Based Competition for Microsoft Word
Discussion: Zoho Blogs, Thanks:zoho