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3:17 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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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  DO NOT PUBLISH, BROADCAST OR POST ON THE WEB BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) THURSDAY.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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Rivals for $100 million  —  Yahoo has acquired college sports site Rivals.com, says the Associated Press in a story that may have been accidentally published early.  The price is not being disclosed, although the rumor is that the deal was closed for around $100 million.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Leaked Story: Yahoo Buys Rivals.com
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 …
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   Apple, AT&T stores could change hours on iPhone day
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AT&T iPhone launch deets: crowd control
Apple:
YouTube Live on Apple TV Today; Coming to iPhone on June 29  —  Best YouTube Experience on a Mobile Device  —  Apple® today announced that iPhone™ users will be able to enjoy YouTube's originally-created content on their iPhones when they begin shipping on June 29.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV with YouTube: v1.1 update hands-on
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Forbes' Hack Job on Apple and iPhone?
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace's Brad Greenspan to Seek Dow Jones Stake Via Dutch Auction  —  The former chief executive of the parent company of social-networking site MySpace says he will seek a non-controlling stake in Dow Jones & Co. through a $60-per-share "Dutch auction."  —  An investment group led …
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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 …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Overtakes Facebook with 1400% Growth, 22.6 Million Uniques  —  According to recent Compete data, digg has overtaken Facebook in number of unique visitors and has grown 1400% in one year.  Compete's May 2007 data states that digg had 22.6 Million unique visitors, while Facebook had 20.2 Million.
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Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Digg overtakes Facebook; Both cross 20 million U.S. Unique Visitors
Aftenposten:
Opera Software boss hangs on to control  —  The founder of one of Norway's most successful high-tech firms, Opera Software, reportedly hung on to his power over the firm by firing Opera's board of directors before they could fire him.  —  Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported on Tuesday …
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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
We don't have to kill rival browsers; they're killing themselves
Discussion: WebProNews and Forever Geek
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.
Anjali Athavaley / Wall Street Journal:
A Job Interview You Don't Have to Show Up For  —  Microsoft, Verizon, Others Use  —  Virtual Worlds to Recruit;  —  Dressing Avatars for Success  —  It's now possible to meet with recruiters without actually showing up for a job interview.  —  Some employers are experimenting with Second Life …
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
NAA Mid-Year Review: CareerBuilder Hopes McClatchy Remains, But Pullout Would Have Little Impact  —  Taking the podium Wednesday afternoon at the Newspaper Association of America's Mid-Year Review, Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder's CEO, didn't have much to say about McClatchy's earlier musings regarding …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
10 Techniques I Used To Go From 0 To 12,000 RSS Subscribers In Seven Months - With No Ads Or Leverage  —  The following guest post has been submitted by Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar  —  Hopefully, that title got your attention a little bit, but it's true.  I launched The Simple Dollar at the very end of October 2006.
Discussion: Practical Blogging and digg
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.
 
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