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1:15 PM ET, June 21, 2007


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Staci D. Kramer /
It's Official: Yahoo Acquires; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million  —  As we were first to report in early April, Yahoo was on the verge of acquiring college sports network  It took a few months to complete, finally closing after months …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buying a High School and College Sports Network
Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Sony, Nintendo forbid AO-rated Manhunt 2  —  Console-makers confirm policies preventing licensed third parties from releasing Adults Only games on their systems, effectively banning the Rockstar title.  —  When Take-Two Interactive yesterday confirmed that the Entertainment Software Rating Board handed …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony and Nintendo: Adults Only rating means no Manhunt 2 for PS2, Wii  —  Rockstar is a company known for its controversial games and headline-making troubles, but after Manhunt 2 received an AO rating from the ESRB its troubles have deepened: neither Sony nor Nintendo will handle AO-rated games.
Discussion: Joystiq
Banned video game is 'fine art'
Discussion: Kotaku
Agence France Presse:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll  —  LONDON (AFP) - "Blog", "netiquette", "cookie" and "wiki" have been voted among the most irritating words spawned by the Internet, according to the results of a poll published Thursday.  — EU body to expand Web search probe, write to Google
Sydney Morning Herald:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll
Discussion: WebProNews
Anne Broache / CNET
Internet radio to go silent on June 26?  —  If you depend on the sounds of Internet radio to get you through your workday, don't be surprised if your headphones pipe out little more than dead air next Tuesday.  —  In protest of the elevated royalty fees Webcasters are poised to begin owing …
From Wanda Atkinson, 3WK GM  —  "I'm writing liners in preparation for the day of silence and would like to start running one immediately.  —  "The big question: does have the bandwidth to handle June 26?  —  "We're considering picking 3 - 5 songs relevant to the subject …
Discussion: p2pnet
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital  —  Two more high-level Google engineers have left the Googleplex — this time to join well-known venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.  —  Bret Taylor (left) and Jim Norris (right), two of the masterminds behind Google Maps and several …
Kim Tae-gyu /
LG Unveils Genuine Google Phone  —  LG Electronics, the world's fifth-largest cell phone maker, unveiled a new model Wednesday, which offers the full services of Google, the global No. 1 search engine.  —  LG said the handset, dubbed LG-KU580, will hit European markets including Italy …
Tony Smith / The Register:
LG locates Google phone in Europe
Discussion: WebProNews
Business Wire:
Strategy Analytics: M-Payment Bright Future  —  Verizon Wireless Leads as US Market Follows Japan and Korea to Mobile Wallet  —  BOSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Strategies team applauds the decision by Verizon Wireless to expand the utility of mobile phones …
Houston Chronicle:
Amp'd Mobile's Use of Lender's Cash OKed
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and
Compiz-Fusion arrives  —  A new merged community around Compiz project would be known as Compiz-Fusion, details of the announcement here on Compiz Mailing List.  —  It is not just a new name, quitely behind the scenes developers have been working hard and have come up with some stunning enhancements.
Discussion: digg
RELATED: Mailing Lists:
[compiz] CompComm has a real name!
Discussion: Ars Technica
EU says Apple has responded to iTunes deadline; EU 'studying it carefully'  —  BRUSSELS (Thomson Financial) - The European Commission said Apple Inc responded to a midnight deadline yesterday in relation to antitrust concerns over the pricing of songs on its iTunes online music store.
Discussion: Engadget, Ars Technica, MacUser and MacNN
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EMI says DRM-free music is selling well  —  Early sales indicate that DRM-free music is noticeably more popular than DRMed music, EMI senior VP Lauren Berkowitz recently told Bloomberg.  The world's third-largest music label began selling its music without copyright protections …
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Short Descriptions Now Live  —  Ad descriptions longer than 70 characters on Yahoo! in the U.S. will now be cut off  —  Starting today, ads that appear in U.S. Yahoo! Search results with descriptions longer than 70 characters will be cut off ("truncated") at the nearest complete word, followed by an ellipsis.
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Who should buy Yahoo?  Handicapping 5 likely suitors  —  At least Yahoo can't complain this week about Google grabbing all the headlines.  —  While Google has been dishing out the usual morsels of news - tweaks to Google Video, YouTube and Google Office - everyone else can't stop talking about Yahoo.
A New Way to Pay - Google Expands Pay-Per-Action for Google AdWords™  —  Google announced today the worldwide expansion of its pay-per-action advertising beta.  Pay-per-action is a new pricing model that allows advertisers to pay only when a pre-defined action is completed on their site …
Michael Tiemann / Open Source Initiative:
Will The Real Open Source CRM Please Stand Up?  —  Dana Blankenhorn's story How far can open source CRM get? has finally pushed me to respond to the many people who have asked "When is the OSI going to stand up to companies who are flagrantly abusing the term 'open source'?"  The answer is: starting today.
Ricky Cadden /
New N95 Firmware Coming  —  Seems everything's getting a nice little refresh lately, with the N73 and N80, and now I've gotten these screenshots showing the N95 with a fresh firmware (dated yesterday, no less!)  I didn't get an official changelog (what's up with those NEVER being available?) but I did get these three screenshots.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google says Vista search changes not enough  —  As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's "capitulation" to Google's antitrust complaint isn't as much a capitulation as the mainstream media was reporting.  We inspected Microsoft's joint filing and found that Microsoft is not going to allow …
USA Today:
Tech blogs go from hobbies to businesses  —  ATHERTON, Calif. — "Om (Malik) and I love scotch," Michael Arrington says.  "But we never drink anymore."  —  The two friends no longer have the time or energy, in part because they're too busy competing with each other.
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Sean Cooper / Engadget:
RIM's patent application for reconfigurable keypad
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USA Today:
AT&T girds for iPhone launch on June 29
Discussion: iLounge
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft says Zune still on track
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AMD: Stifel Says Buy As Bear Concerns Seem Over-played
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Danal, another mobile payments company, launches
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Tip of the hat, wag of the finger
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Social Nets Sit on Goldmine of Behavioral Data, Says Jupiter
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Mac OS X Leopard Leaked to BitTorrent
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The Pirate Bay Launches Image Hosting
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Learning From Microsoft's Error, Google Builds a Lobbying Engine