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Daily Reading from April 28, 2008

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  • Remote Video Conferencing + Whiteboard = PalBee — "One of the benefits of close proximity to your colleagues is face to face meetings to draft out an idea on a whiteboard. PalBee is a new web application that allows you to do this online.  Similar to Twiddla, but ..."
  • Voxel Takes Aim at CDNs, Amazon S3 Service — "Voxel, a New York-based startup, wants to upend the content delivery network business by offering an ultra low-cost service that rides on the back of Amazon’s S3 offering. It’s a move that is sure to further exacerbate the woes of ..."
  • If Microsoft goes fully hostile on Yahoo — "[Revision 1.1; see change log at the end of the post.] We have seen extensive press coverage of Microsoft’s pursuit of Yahoo over the last few months, including notably excellent coverage from Silicon Alley Insider and the Wall Street Journal. ..."

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