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4:55 PM ET, April 21, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Update on Yahoo-Microsoft Talks: “Hot and Heavy”  —  Microsoft and Yahoo have been busily ferreting away on talks about search and advertising partnership possibilities in what one person close to the situation described as “hot and heavy.”  —  But exactly how hot and how heavy depends …
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:   Microsoft Said to Step Up Talks With Yahoo on Partnership to Fight Google
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  —  Company Exceeds Midpoint of Operating Cash Flow Outlook Range  —  Maintains Strong Balance Sheet with $3.7 Billion in Cash and Marketable Debt Securities  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO - News) …
Discussion: BoomTown and Silicon Alley Insider
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Dan Frommer / The Business Insider:
Yahoo Cutting 5% Of Staff (YHOO)  —  Here come Carol Bartz's cuts: As part of its Q1 earnings report, Yahoo (YHOO) said it's cutting 5% of its staff.  Most Yahoos on the chopping block will find out within two weeks.  —  At the end of December, Yahoo had 13,600 employees.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Yahoo's Q1 profits plunge; still meets estimates
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:
Oprah Effect on Twitter  —  Oprah Winfrey, the icon that can turn any book or product into a best seller, posted her first Tweet on Friday on her show.  There's been much debate among loyal Twitter users about whether this spells the end for Twitter's coolness, as soccer moms sign up in droves.
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Web IM In Hotmail  —  Web IM is coming to Hotmail.  It became available to users in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and the UK last month and starting today it will roll out to Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the USA.  If your country is not in this list yet, don't fret!
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Brian Stoler / The Official Google Blog:
Search for “me” on Google  —  It's no secret that from time to time many of us have searched on Google for our name or someone else's.  When searching for yourself to see what others would find, results can be varied and aren't always what you want people to see — whether it's someone else with your name …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Living with the limits of Windows 7 Starter Edition  —  If you've read anything about Windows 7 Starter Edition, your first reaction was probably the same as mine: Is Microsoft nuts?  This ultra-cheap edition is intended for use on netbooks, but its biggest restriction sounds like a complete deal-breaker …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google joins effort for 3D Web standard with new plugin, API  —  Google has released a new open source browser plugin that provides APIs for displaying rich 3D graphics in Web content.  Google hopes that the plugin will help to advance a collaborative effort to create open standards for bringing 3D to the Web.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: pirates biggest music buyers.  Labels: yeah, right  —  Those who download illegal copies of music over P2P networks are the biggest consumers of legal music options, according to a new study by the BI Norwegian School of Management.  Researchers examined the music downloading habits …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
CNBC Is Ridiculous: Macs Come With Photoshop, PCs Need $600 Extra to ‘Perform As Well As a Mac’  —  Regular people are probably confused by the re-inflamed Mac vs. PC ad war, which now focuses on price.  Never fear, CNBC's Jim Goldman breaks down the true cost of PCs.  Wait, Macs come with Photoshop?
Discussion: BusinessWeek, Gawker, MacNN and digg.com
PC Pro:
BT blocks off Pirate Bay  —  Updated at 1.10pm: BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay, as part of a “self-regulation” scheme.  —  BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a “content blocked” message.
Business Wire:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 First-Quarter Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The New York Times Company announced today a first-quarter 2009 operating loss of $61.6 million compared with operating profit of $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2008.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sharp's Mebius PC-NJ70A packs LCD trackpad for the whiz-bang crowd  —  And you thought Apple's button-less “glass trackpad” was hot stuff.  Sharp has just let loose details on its thoroughly Japanese Mebius PC-NJ70A, which sadly packs an exceptionally boring list of internal components …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Mayo Clinic, Microsoft deepen health record ties  —  The Mayo Clinic on Tuesday said it will build a personal health record service based on Microsoft's HealthVault technology.  —  The product, Mayo Clinic Health Manager, will initially focus on general pediatric and adult health issues, immunization records, pregnancy, and asthma.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Cost of Downloading All Those Videos  —  In an article in today's New York Times, I wrote about the controversy over the now-abandoned plan by Time Warner Cable to impose additional fees on customers who upload and download more than a set quota.  —  AT&T continues to test a similar plan …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Mark Penn's fuzzy pro-blogging stats  —  I did a lot of digging around in the numbers around blogging for my book, so I'm on alert when I read a piece like Mark Penn's look at pro blogging in the Wall Street Journal, which is getting lots of attention this morning.  A little skepticism is definitely in order.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Google rolls out search changes  —  Google has launched two experimental products it hopes will change the way users search for pictures and news.  —  A feature known as Similar Images uses a picture rather than text to find other matching images.  —  Timeline presents information already available …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Yahoo's Bartz Picks Balogh to Tear Down ‘Wall of Shame’ of Failed Products  —  Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Carol Bartz said last month that she created a “wall of shame” for products she isn't happy with.  She's counting on her top technology executive to fix them.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Time For Google To Fund An Online-Only Version Of The Pulitzers?  —  The Pulitzer Prizes were announced today — and sincere congrats to the hard-working journalists who've won those highest of prizes.  But with no online-only publications winning — in the first year they were eligible to enter …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast Expands DOCSIS 3.0 In Bay Area - New community launches include Palo Alto and San Mateo  —  Comcast gave us a nudge this morning to note that the nation's largest cable company is continuing their expansion of faster DOCSIS 3.0 technology into the Bay Area.
Discussion: GigaOM
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
U.S. Army uses Facebook page, tweets to declare war on Ashton Kutcher's top Twitter spot … The U.S. Army wants you - to be its friend on Facebook.  —  You can also follow the Army on Twitter.  Or post a comment on its new blog.  They're all part of the Army's new mission: social networking.
New Zealand Herald:
MSN website hacked  —  Visitors to the msn.co.nz website are being re-directed to a site that includes a photograph of Microsoft boss Bill Gates with pie on his face.  —  The site usually carries news stories.  —  However hackers have changed the name servers which means that visitors …
Discussion: Zero Day and AppScout
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Yet Another Microsoft Search Brand—This Time For Phones?  —  Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has grabbed headlines for trademarking two possible new names for Live Search—Bing and Kumo.  But paidContent found that the company has quietly applied to trademark a third search brand name too—Sift.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Think Big!  Could Sun/ORCL Trigger IBM/SAP Combo?  —  Ah, spring is the air.  (In Silicon Valley, where the temps this week have soared into the 90s, it actually feels more like August.)  And the natives are in the mood for love.  —  So far this week, we've seen Sun Microsystems (JAVA) …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
EBay: Back To Basics  —  CEO John Donahoe is expected to bring the 10-year-old company back to its marketplace origins.  —  BURLINGAME, Calif. — When John Donahoe became chief executive of eBay in March 2008, he said it would take him a year to asses the company's portfolio and figure out its next move.
Scott Duke Harris / Mercury News:
With Oracle's acquisition of Sun, Larry Ellison's empire grows  —  This time, there were no jokes about Larry Ellison wanting to kill a rival's dog — or the rival.  This time, unlike Oracle's bids for PeopleSoft and BEA Systems, there was no hint of hostility.
Discussion: Reuters
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SF Mayor Gavin Newsom Tweets His Way Into The Race For California Governor  —  Remember when the hippest way to blaze onto the campaign trail was an appearance on The Daily Show?  No more.  —  This morning San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced his bid for California Governor via Twitter …
Discussion: Digital Daily and VentureBeat
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
@ USA Today CEO Forum: Barry Diller: IAC-AOL Deal Makes Sense But Too Intricate
Bill Ray / The Register:
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Jason Pontin / Technology Review:
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Mel Martin / TUAW:
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone. What's the deal?
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Michael Bettiol / Boy Genius Report:
We've got the goods on BlackBerry OS 5.0
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Search Giant Google Makes Its Case for Display Advertising
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Los Angeles Times:
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Paul Meller / Computerworld:
Microsoft gains familiar ally in IE antitrust battle in Europe