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9:00 AM ET, June 21, 2007

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; 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 Rivals.com.  It took a few months to complete, finally closing after months …
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PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire Rivals.com, a Leading College Online Sports Site  —  Acquisition Expands the Editorial and Community Offerings of Yahoo! Sports  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 21, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) …
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Associated Press:
HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Thursday.  DO NOT PUBLISH, BROADCAST OR POST ON THE WEB BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) THURSDAY.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It is not the blockbuster that some industry analysts envisioned, but Yahoo Inc. has sealed its first deal under new Chief Executive Jerry Yang.
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Jimmy Pitaro / Yodel Anecdotal:
Listen up, (college) sports fans ...  Whether you're a Cameron Crazy, a die-hard Husky fan, or a lifelong Longhorn fan, Yahoo! has made a roster move that will have you cheering from the sidelines.  Today, we announced an agreement to acquire Rivals.com, the leading online destination for college and high school athletic information.
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buying a High School and College Sports Network  —  Just one day after the management shake-up at Yahoo, the company's board was called on to make a decision that had nothing to do with the resignation of Terry S. Semel as chief executive or the appointment of the co-founder Jerry Yang to succeed him.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Acquires Rivals for $100 million
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Leaked Story: Yahoo Buys Rivals.com
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 …
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Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
CEO: Sony is shifting to recovery mode  —  TOKYO - Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer promised Thursday to shift the struggling electronics giant from recovery to growth and to make the PlayStation 3 a profit driver despite its bungled rollout.  —  But investors at the company's annual shareholder meeting …
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Reuters:
Sony sees 380 new PS3 software titles in 2007/08
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Board Takes Over Talks on Future of Company  —  Dow Jones & Co.'s board of directors, frustrated with the pace of the Bancroft family's negotiations with News Corp., said it would take over talks on the future of the company.  —  The move, approved by the the four board members affiliated …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Image Hosting  —  ImgBay is one of the many side-projects The Pirate Bay is working on at the moment.  Last month we found out that the Pirate Bay has plans to compete with YouTube, and now it seems that they also want to take on image hosting services.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Uncensored Free Image Hosting From The Pirate Bay
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Jack Shafer / Slate:
Apple Suck-Up Watch  —  IT'S NOT JUST A NEW KIND OF CELL PHONE, IT'S A CULTURAL WATERSHED!  —  iPhone  —  The press corps' love for all things Apple routinely swells and bursts in a dewy explosion whenever the company readies a new gizmo for sale.  Like the Detroit automakers of yore …
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.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Simple Spark: A Catalog Of Web Applications  —  New York based Simple Spark aims to make finding web applications easy through an extensive catalog of online application sites.  —  Over 3000 web applications are tracked and categorized with screenshots, icons, feeds, reviews and concise summaries.
Discussion: Tech[dot]Blog
Channel Register:
Apple buyout rumours circulate as iPhone launch nears  —  Can St. Steve move up a plane?  —  Scepticism about the launch of the Apple iPhone is growing, and it isn't helping the Apple share price.  What a coincidence that exactly as things get tougher in the stock market …
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Learning From Microsoft's Error, Google Builds a Lobbying Engine  —  When it comes to lobbying, Google does not intend to repeat the mistake that its rival Microsoft made a decade ago.  —  Microsoft was so disdainful of the federal government back then that it had almost no presence in Washington.
Susan Wu / TechCrunch:
Virtual Goods: the next big business model  —  This guest post is written by Susan Wu, a Principal with Charles River Ventures, where she focuses on digital media, software, and infrastructure.  Susan is coproducing the Virtual Goods Summit this Friday at Stanford University - most of the companies mentioned below will be presenting.
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 1: Turnaround!  —  So you've been hired/promoted/brought out of retirement to become CEO of and turn around your NASDAQ/NYSE/LSE-listed 5,000+ employee software/semiconductor/media company that's recently been getting trounced by competitors …
 
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