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10:15 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
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
I.B.M. Withdraws $7 Billion Offer for Sun Microsystems
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
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  —  Nokia has released the E75 smartphone, doing its best to please enterprise users and keep them away from RIM's BlackBerry or the upcoming Palm Pre.  It's the first Nokia device to ship with the company's new email user interface - making multiple accounts easy …
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
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.
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Daniel Ionescu / PC World:
T-Mobile To Use Google Android OS For Home Devices  —  T-Mobile is set to launch two new devices running on the Google Android platform early next year.  The wireless carrier will introduce a home phone and a tablet computer, both powered by Google's mobile operating system.
Discussion: Google Watch and Network World
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
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 …
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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Glam Media Lands A $10 Million Round, Its Fifth in 5 Years  —  Distributed media network Glam Media has raised $10 million more, this time specifically for its Japanese and German operations, reports PaidContent.  The fifth round of funding in as many years of existence comes …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mass High Tech
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Glam Raises $10 Million Fifth Round For German, Japan Expansions
Discussion: Beet.TV, CenterNetworks and MediaFile
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and Electricpig.co.uk
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Don't Blame Google And Scribd For Your Own Business Model Problems  —  Another weekend goes by and another old school newspaper guy writes a long screed condemning Google as a menace hellbent on destroying all that is good and right in the news business.  This one, by Henry Porter in The Guardian …
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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
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 …
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Copps: FCC needs fifth net neutrality principle
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Disable Google Chrome's New Tab Page
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Designer Threatened With Copyright Infringement Claims... On His Own Work
Discussion: digg.com
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
First hands-on with Pogoplug
Discussion: 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
 Earlier Items: 
Kiyoshi Takenaka / Reuters:
Sony PS3 outsells Nintendo Wii in March in Japan
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
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
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?