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5:15 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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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
D'oh!  Sun May Be Pulling A Yahoo!  —  If the struggling server vendor can't negotiate a sale to IBM, it faces a bleak future.  —  Sun Microsystems is facing its Jerry Yang moment.  —  On Sunday, weeks of negotiations between the struggling server vendor and IBM ( IBM - news - people ) …
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
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 …
Thanks:atul
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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.
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 …
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Keith Teare / Opinionated:
In Defense of “nothing”  —  Columnist Henry Porter …
Thanks:kteare
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.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch:
Think Microblogging is Hip?  Try Nanoblogging!  —  With all the hype surrounding Twitter these days, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to outdo them and come out with an even faster and more efficient method of communciation.  —  Enter Flutter.  Flutter claims to be a nanoblogging service.
Discussion: BoomTown
Brian Prince / eWeek:
Microsoft: Old Worm Copies Conficker For New Twist  —  A new version of the Neeris worm is exploiting the same Microsoft flaw as Conficker.  The Neeris worm dates back to 2005, according to Microsoft.  —  An updated version of an old worm is targeting the same Microsoft vulnerability exploited by variants of Conficker.
Discussion: Security Watch
Inside Facebook:
Why Facebook Is Working with Microsoft to Fight Koobface Virus  —  In its efforts to prevent the spread of malware, Facebook's security team has begun working with the Microsoft Malware Protection Center (MMPC) to combat the Koobface virus, which first surfaced on Facebook in the summer of 2008 …
Discussion: The Register
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
UK consumers do not mind online ads  —  Brits are happy to watch advertising on the internet or their mobile phones if this means they will get videos, music or other content for free, a survey has found.  —  About 60 per cent of people polled by KPMG, the professional services group …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Publishers zero in on charging for online news  —  The way to charge for digitally delivered content is a prime topic on the minds of the newspaper publishers meeting in San Diego this week to contemplate the future of their badly battered industry.  —  Even if charging for online …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider, Gawker and A VC
 
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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
Carolyne Zinko / San Francisco Chronicle:
What is Biz Stone doing?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
A Picture Is Worth A Thousands Tweets: Pixim And TweetPhoto Emerge
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Sneak peek at Windows Mobile 6.5 themes
Discussion: ithinkdifferrent and WMPoweruser.com, Thanks:imhassan
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
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Is This the Future of the Digital Book?