Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Decision Time For Facebook: Term Sheet Received At $2 Billion Valuation — Facebook has been pitching for a new round of funding these last few months to bridge itself to an IPO sometime in the future. We've known that since October, when (former) CFO Gideon Yu was in Dubai.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and DealBook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook rejects funding at $4 billion valuation, may not raise more — Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg just had a board-level conversation about possibly accepting money at a $4 billion valuation, but decided against doing so. — Facebook isn't commenting directly …
Discussion: A VC and Pulse2, Thanks:bobcaswell
The Failure of #amazonfail — In 1987, a teenage girl in suburban New York was discovered dazed and wrapped in a garbage bag, smeared with feces, with racial epithets scrawled on her torso. She had been attacked by half a dozen white men, then left in that state on the grounds of an apartment building.
Discussion: broadstuff, BBC, Church of the Customer Blog, Nerd World and TeleRead
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: Going without Comms to get a better connection
Ben McConnell / Church of the Customer Blog: Amazon and the hero's journey
Lev Grossman / Nerd World: Amazonfail: The Morning After — This post is mostly just an excuse to say “hashtag.”
David Rothman / TeleRead: Amazon's semifinalists in novel contest: Hmm. …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
CNN Acquires CNNbrk Twitter Account With Nearly 1 Million Followers — Hard to believe, but the CNN Twitter account racing Ashton Kutcher to 1 million subscribers wasn't even under CNN's (TWX) control until recently. — CNN confirms that it has has taken control of the @cnnbrk account — and its 944,000 followers.
Discussion: CNN, Guardian, TechCrunch, Pulse2, DealBook, ABCNEWS, Mashable!, TheNextWeb.com and Lost Remote
John D. Sutter / CNN: Ashton Kutcher challenges CNN to Twitter popularity contest
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: London developer sells top-ranked Twitter account to CNN
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Confirmed: CNN Acquires CNNBrk Twitter Account (Updated)
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: 4chan Gets Into 1 Million Twitter Follow Craze
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN: Twitter Race to 1M Followers
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: CNN, Ashton, Twitter ... Oh My
Zee / TheNextWeb.com: Breaking: The most followed account on Twitter @cnnbrk has just been acquired by CNN
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: CNN acquires popular CNN Twitter account
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Kutcher/CNN Twitter Fight Day 3: EA Ups The Ante
Kutcher/CNN Twitter Fight Day 3: EA Ups The Ante
Steven Musil / CNET News: CNN acquires leading Twitter account
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Ashton Kutcher races CNN to 1 million Twitter Followers
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider: Ashton Kutcher Passes Britney Spears In Race To 1 Million Twitter Followers
Ross Dawson / Trends in the Living Networks: At current growth rates everyone in the US will have a Twitter account …
Laurie Percival / lalawag: Twitterbattle: Ashton Kutcher vs Larry King
Ed Oswald / Technologizer: The Race to 1,000,000 Followers: an Update
Dave Karger / Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch: Ashton Kutcher vs. CNN: Who'll be Twitter's first millionaire?
Tiffany Sparks / PR Newswire:
IBM Technology Alliance Announces Availability of Advanced 28-Nanometer, Low-Power Semiconductor Technology — International Business Machines Corp. - , STMicroelectronics NV — IBM, Chartered, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon, Samsung and STMicroelectronics Expand Technology Agreements
Discussion: Between the Lines
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: IBM's chip gang touts 28-nanometer advancement
Next Wave of Microsoft Office Products Will Redefine How People Work — Q&A: Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft's Information Worker Product Management Group, discusses what people and businesses can expect from the upcoming release of Microsoft Exchange Server, Office, SharePoint Server, Visio and Project.
Gavin Clarke / The Register: Microsoft's online Office variant preps for business
Sharon Chan / Microsoft Pri0: Microsoft Office shipping in first half of 2010
Chakkaradeep Chandran / Neowin.net: Office 2010: No public beta for now
Jason Mick / DailyTech: Microsoft Announces Office 2010 Suite
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie: Microsoft uncovers details on Office 2010
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft previews Office 14 and Exchange 2010
Alan Zeichick / Z Trek: Exchange 2010 enters public beta; timetable given for Office 2010
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch: Exchange Starts Office 2010 Testing Cycle
Chris Morris / CNBC.com:
GameStop Wants Cheaper Consoles, Predicts Hot Titles — Consumers hoping for a price cut on video game hardware have a new—and powerful—ally. — While the video game industry has proved relatively resistant to the recession so far, the CEO of GameStop [GME Loading...
Discussion: Kotaku, VG247, GameBizBlog, GamesIndustry.biz, GoNintendo and Edge Online
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku: GameStop CEO Questions Sony's Price Cuts, Predicts Big Nintendo Game In '09
Patrick Garratt / VG247: Gamestop boss: Wii cut may come to US, PS2 drop was too late
Mary Jane Irwin / GameBizBlog: GameStop CEO Wants PS3 Price Cut
Tom Ivan / Edge Online: GameStop CEO Wants PS3 Price Cut
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Hits 1 Million Users, Brick Wall — Sharing photographs and other images on Twitter is a fairly natural and thus wildly popular extension of the micro-sharing service's main reason for being. We've earlier noticed how TwitPic seems to have emerged as the leader of the pack.
Michael C / Techdirt:
Want To Know Why Newspapers Are Dying? Maureen Dowd Shows Us — In her recent New York Times op-ed, Maureen Dowd takes aim at Google, blaming it for the sorry state of the newspaper industry. Perhaps in hopes of winning people over to the newspapers' side in the argument over how much Google …
Discussion: SteveOuting.com, Whiskey Fire and Beyond Search
Molly Ivors / Whiskey Fire: Cougar Trap
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Google: The Tapeworm — I enjoy the New York Times.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
One extra week for Microsoft to defend tying IE to Windows — After a Financial Times report this morning cited April 28 as the deadline for Microsoft to comply with a request by the European Commission to respond to its latest Statement of Objections, reporters close to the story wondered why that seemed like one week too many.
Discussion: The Register and Financial Times
Kelly Fiveash / The Register: Microsoft gets second extension in IE EU antitrust brouhaha
Maija Palmer / Financial Times: High-tech groups to testify against Microsoft
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Wall Street Journal iPhone App Sets Content Free — The Wall Street Journal, one of the few newspapers that charges for content online, released an app for the iPhone Wednesday which sets their content free, poking another hole in one of the internet's oldest pay walls.
Discussion: Agence France Presse, Pulse2 and textually.org, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: The Wall Street Journal Free iPhone Application Now Available
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Supporters Throw Street Party in Moscow — Pirate Bay supporters can be found everywhere. Aside from tens of millions of ‘regular’ site users, there are other more prominent supporters too. Novelist Paulo Coelho, who wrote the 65 million-selling book “The Alchemist” …
Mats Lewan / CNET News: Waiting on the Pirate Bay verdict
Sun Said to Be Willing to Resume IBM Talks With Assurances Deal Will Close — Sun Microsystems Inc. would be willing to resume takeover talks with International Business Machines Corp. if IBM makes a stronger commitment to close the acquisition, two people familiar with the matter said.
Plamere / Music Machinery:
Inside the precision hack — There's a scene toward the end of the book Contact by Carl Sagan, where the protagonist Ellie Arroway finds a Message embedded deep in the digits of PI. The Message is perhaps an artifact of an extremely advanced intelligence that apparently manipulated …
EBay Offers to Buy Korea's Gmarket for $1.2 Billion — EBay Inc. offered to buy South Korea's Gmarket Inc. for $1.2 billion in cash, seeking to expand in the world's most connected Internet market after posting its first quarterly sales decline. — The operator of the most visited U.S. e …
Discussion: Financial Times, Reuters, eBay Ink, Pulse2, VentureBeat, Agence France Presse, MarketWatch and Wall Street Journal
Song Jung-a / Financial Times: Ebay offers $1.2bn to buy S Korea's Gmarket
Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink: BREAKING: eBay Expands in Asia: Gmarket Purchase Announced
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse2: eBay Taking Over Gmarket In $1.2 Billion Stock Deal
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: eBay to buy Korean auction site for $1.2B
Michael Kitchen / MarketWatch: EBay buying Korea's Gmarket for $24 a share
Joseph Menn / Financial Times:
Yahoo ready to sell Hot Jobs — Three months into her stint at the head of Yahoo, Carol Bartz is hastening her drive to streamline operations by disposing of ancillary businesses. — The Silicon Valley company is seeking buyers for the HotJobs employment site, people familiar …
Discussion: Virtual Economics
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
SlingPlayer for iPhone rejected at AT&T's request? — Some feared it might happen, others thought it would pass with flying colors, but unfortunately we've got a tip that tries to shed some light on the situation. This was from an anonymous tipster and we're posting it for information sake.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, The iPhone Blog, IntoMobile and Mobility Today
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac: Slingplayer for iPhone rejected by Apple/AT&T?
David Ciccone / Mobility Today: Slingplayer for iPhone rejected?
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Telehouse to Heat Homes at Docklands — Can a data center heat your home or office? It can in London, where excess heat from servers at the new Telehouse West data center in the Docklands will soon be used in nearby houses and businesses. The Greater London Authority has approved a plan …
David Wood / Symbian Foundation Blog:
Redesigning the Smartphone Show — The main annual gathering of the Symbian community has had several different names over the years: — In the early years after the formation of Symbian Ltd, the event was called the Developer Conference ("DevConf") or the Developer Exposition ("DevExpo");
Discussion: The Register and All About Symbian
Bill Ray / The Register: Symbian show struggles for identity
Steve Litchfield / All About Symbian: This year's S****** S********* show
Eyal Sela / ProductiveWise:
Has Twitter Reached its peak? Google Insights Suggests it May Have — I've just run into a tweet by infusecreative with an interesting Google Insights search. It shows that the number of searches for the term “Twitter” has stopped ascending. Since the beginning of 2009, the search for Twitter has been raising constantly.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft revives Spitfire pub under compromise arrangement — Microsoft has reached an agreement to move forward with a new campus pub — reversing course after having second thoughts and surprising the bar owner with a lease termination last week. Under the compromise plan …
Discussion: CNET News, Brier Dudley's blog and paidContent.org
Steven Musil / CNET News: Microsoft to allow on-campus pub after all
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org: The Microsoft Pub Lives!
Is Facebook losing its glow? — It's been a busy couple of months for social networking site Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the cover of Fortune (dressed in a tie, no less) and shared with us his plans to turn Facebook into the next digital communications platform.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Do You Think Bandwidth Grows on Trees? — User-generated content may have changed the Internet, but sites like YouTube are suffocating under the costs of storing it. — Everyone knows that print newspapers are our generation's horse-and-buggy; in the most wired cities, they've been pummeled by competition from the Web.
John Quinn / Digg the Blog:
(Yet) Another DiggBar Update — Since we launched the DiggBar, we've received valuable feedback from the Digg community, publishers, SEO industry experts and Google. We believe that the DiggBar provides a more seamless way to discover and share content on Digg.
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE, TechCrunch, TECH.BLORGE.com, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, CNET News, Mashable!, Download Squad and TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:atul
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / The SiliconANGLE: Digg Caves on DiggBar Complaints
Dave Parrack / TECH.BLORGE.com: Digg decides to compromise on DiggBar
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Digg Reacts to Critics: Changes the Way the DiggBar Works
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News: Digg to make the DiggBar an opt-in experience
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: Digg Caves to Critics on DiggBar
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad: Digg gives in to DiggBar complaints
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The DiggBar Compromise: Show Framebar Only To Logged In Digg Users
The DiggBar Compromise: Show Framebar Only To Logged In Digg Users
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog: Digg tries to dig itself out of a hole
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Britain in the dock over secret tracking of internet accounts — Fears that Britain is slipping into a surveillance society have been heightened by Brussels initiating legal action — Fears that Britain is slipping into a surveillance society have been heightened by Brussels initiating legal action …
Emory Kale / TG Daily: Britain in hot water over Internet surveillance
Steve Espinosa / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Twitter Will Win Local Search — (This post was originally published on Local Search News) — Almost everything on Twitter is inherently local. The simple question “What are you doing?” implies that because, unless you are at home watching TV, you are doing something that is local …