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5:40 PM ET, April 10, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Yahoo's Bartz and Microsoft's Ballmer Finally Talking About Search and Advertising Partnership  —  In early discussions that began in the last several weeks that apparently included a face-to-face meeting last week, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer are finally talking …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
CompUSA Comes Back From the Dead  —  About three months ago, Loretta Alkalay, a retired Florida resident, wanted to get a new HDTV.  So she decided to give the CompUSA near her home a try.  —  Yes, CompUSA.  The once-bankrupt electronics retailer is making a comeback …
Philip Lam / PreThinking:
Sprint Employees now training on the Palm Pre, Pre's Launch is Near  —  All the rumors and speculations of a mid-April/late April/May launch of the Palm Pre doesn't appear to be too far of a stretch.  Stated in an email from Sprint, “Employees can expect training to start in April …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Inserting images  —  Well, it's about time.  You no longer have to use workarounds to put images into your messages or attach images when you really want to inline them.  Just turn on “Inserting images” from the Labs tab under Settings, and you'll see a new toolbar icon like this:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
About Those New CrunchPad Pictures  —  A little background for those of you who haven't heard of the CrunchPad: This is the post that kicked off the project.  I wanted something I couldn't buy, and found people who said it could be built for a lot less than I imagined.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Mike Arrington and I disagree on the future  —  Last Saturday on the Gillmor Gang Mike Arrington wondered aloud whether Twitter had won a “winners take all” game and whether that meant that friendfeed was toast.  He then wrote a blog post titled “FriendFeed is in danger of becoming the coolest app no one uses.”
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch, Thanks:blogfisher
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
AP Exec: “To the Untrained Eye It Looks Like We're Stupid”  —  Rough week for the Associated Press, at least if you measure it by headlines: First, the venerable news organization/aggregator confused the likes of me by announcing a vague plan to fight the Internet.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Mark Gomez / Mercury News:
AT&T boosts reward to $250K in phone service sabotage  —  AT&T has increased its reward to $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for cutting fiber-optics lines at four locations early Thursday morning in South San Jose and San Carlos.
Discussion: DSLreports
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
IPhone Needs A New Brain  —  Will Apple's wonder gadget get more memory?  Will it come in different colors?  Who cares.  A new processor is what it really needs.  —  Will the iPhone get more flash memory?  Will it get new features, like a compass?  —  Who cares.  What the iPhone really needs is a new processor.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Yelp Will Let Businesses Respond to Web Reviews  —  Small businesses will soon feel a little more love in their love-hate relationship with Yelp, the Web site whose users post reviews of restaurants, dry cleaners and other local businesses.  —  Starting next week, Yelp will let small-business owners publicly respond to reviews.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
At CHI Meeting, Microsoft Turns Computing Interfaces on Their Head, and Side, and Back  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  I spent a couple of days this week at CHI, the big annual meeting of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI).
Discussion: WinBeta
Greg / 3 Dog Media:
The Truth About Digg's DiggBar  —  Over the last couple of months, I've been getting the urge to get back into blogging a bit.  However, when it's been awhile since you've attempted to construct a thought longer than a 140 character tweet, actually doing it is a bit harder than you regular bloggers might imagine.
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Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Dwindling public companies means big changes in the valley  —  Tucked into the annual Mercury News data-palooza known as the Silicon Valley 150, there's one nugget of information that I think tells us more than all the other lists and numbers about the profound changes in store for this region:
Thanks:atul
Venture Capital Dispatch:
Rejected By VCs, Rescued By Angels  —  After spending a year talking to more than 70 venture firms on both coasts, Earl Galleher gave up on raising venture capital and turned to angels to fund his unproven idea - software that automates and analyzes the process of landing meetings with sales leads.
Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
Hands on: OS 5.0 on the Bold  —  Way back in September we gave the world its first glimpse at the upcoming BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Curve 8310, but since that time RIM has continued to keep mum on the subject so we thought that we'd conduct a brief overview of BlackBerry OS 5.0 running on a Bold.
Cyra Master / The Atlantic Online:
Media Insiders Say Internet Hurts Journalism  —  In a poll of prominent members of the national news media, nearly two-thirds say the Internet is hurting journalism more than it is helping.  The poll, conducted by The Atlantic and National Journal, asked 43 media insiders whether, on balance …
Mmpc / Microsoft Malware Protection Center:
Win32/Conficker Variants Update  —  There have been new developments in the Conficker arena within the past couple of days.  We would like to inform those who are concerned that the MMPC is working to make sure you have the information you need, first to be protected from any threat …
Associated Press:
German regulators fine Microsoft for price-fixing  —  SEATTLE (AP) — Antitrust regulators fined Microsoft Corp.'s German subsidiary 9 million euros ($11.8 million) and said the world's largest software maker illegally influenced retail prices for its Office 2007 programs.
Discussion: Electronista
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Should Colleges Continue to Host Email for Their Students?  —  In the earliest days of the Internet, getting an .edu email address and signing in to Pine for the first time was a rite of passage for many college freshmen.  Now, however, virtually every new college student got an email address before even graduating from primary school.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
German Collections Society Trying To Collect For Performances It Has No Rights Over  —  The various music collections societies always like to present themselves as being there “for the artists.”  When we write about ASCAP in the US or PRS in the UK, we often get angry emails from supporters of those groups …
WSUS Product Team Blog:
The 2007 Office System Service Pack 2 coming to WSUS in April  —  Service Pack 2 for the 2007 Office System will be made available to Windows Server Update Services in April, classified as a service pack.  Service Pack 2 includes some significant work, including: built-in ability to save …
Robert Holmes / TheStreet.com:
New Economy Means New Entrepreneurs  —  Business school students are turning to entrepreneur courses during the recession rather than working toward landing a job with a Wall Street firm or a hedge fund, another sign that the U.S. has entered into a so-called new economy.
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Virtual Earth API Release Information, April 2009  —  Today we released updates to the Microsoft Virtual Earth AJAX control and a new version of the Virtual Earth 3D map control.  We've added a couple new methods for adding and removing pins (and DIVs) in the AJAX control …
Discussion: LiveSide and Softpedia News
 
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Ian King / Bloomberg:
Intel Venture-Capital Arm Looking for Bigger Deals Amid IPO Market Rout
Bloomberg:
IBM Offer May Mean $500 Million Loss for Sun's Biggest Holder Southeastern
China Journal:
In China, A Search Engine for the Elderly
Discussion: PC World and Profy
Rick Jervis / USA Today:
YouTube riddled with drug cartel videos, messages
Discussion: WatchingTV Online
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Companies That Fight Click Fraud Enjoy the Downturn
Thanks:atul
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Report: IBM researcher says Moore's Law at end
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple begins countdown to 1 billion iPhone apps downloaded
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Sex, Lies, and Software Development
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Is Microsoft Turning Away From Commodity Servers?
Discussion: Beyond Search and EE Times
Christian Zibreg / TG Daily:
Emerging battlefield: Browser installers
Discussion: digg.com, Thanks:atul
Austin / Billions With Zero Knowledge:
Why Twitter's Next Fail Whale can be found on their Recruiting Page
Discussion: Twitterrati, Thanks:austinhill
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
How Microsoft Is Fighting Back (Finally)
Discussion: CNET News, Thanks:mrinaldesai