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9:25 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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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
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
First hands-on with Pogoplug  —  The Pogoplug, which I first covered from the Consumer Electronics Show, connects any USB hard drive to your local network and also puts it on the Internet so you can share files.  —  As I said before, this is not a new idea, but Pogoplug is supposed to be uncommonly easy to set up and use.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadgetell
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Designer Threatened With Copyright Infringement Claims... On His Own Work  —  A whole bunch of people have been submitting this story all weekend, about how designer Jon Engle is is accused of copyright infringement for his own designs.  The site is down right now, but Google cache has it.
Discussion: digg.com
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.
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 …
 
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
Discussion: Download Squad
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Tweets: Pixim And TweetPhoto Emerge