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5:55 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Microsoft Talks Have Concluded  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that discussions with Microsoft regarding a potential transaction — whether for an acquisition of all of Yahoo! or a partial acquisition — have concluded.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Yahoo Search Partnership Announcement At 1:30 This Afternoon  —  Yahoo and Google will make a joint announcement at 1:30 California time this afternoon, we've heard from a reliable source close to one of the companies.  What is the announcement?  The very likely answer is …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!  —  Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement today regarding Yahoo!  —  REDMOND, Wash. — June 12, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:  —  “In the weeks since Microsoft withdrew its offer to acquire Yahoo! …
Discussion: Epicenter, TechCrunch and Furrier.org
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-Microsoft Talks Off, CONFIRMED: Yahoo-Google Have Reached Search Deal  —  UPDATE: An SAI source confirms that Yahoo and Google have reached a search deal.  The source believes that the deal will start small and ratchet up over time depending on its success.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo ends all talks with Microsoft, shares plunge  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc.'s efforts to revive takeover talks with Microsoft Corp. have reached a dead end, setting the stage for the Internet pioneer to turn over a piece of its advertising platform to online search leader Google Inc.
Discussion: Neowin.net and AppScout
Matthew Karnitschnig / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Ends Talks With Microsoft, Nears Search-Ad Deal with Google  —  Microsoft Corp. has definitively abandoned its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo Inc., opening the way for Yahoo to complete a search advertising pact with rival Google Inc. Yahoo shares plunged more than 10% on the news.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Yahoo's Talks With Microsoft Conclude; Google Search-Ad Deal Coming
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Statement: We Weren't Interested In Rebidding
Discussion: Light Reading
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to announce reorg, Google ad deal
Discussion: Mashable!
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:
Leaving Yahoo!  —  It seems that word has started to leak out, so I might as well remove any speculation or ambiguity.  In the next few weeks, I'll walk the halls at Yahoo! as an employee one last time and turn in my purple badge.  After 8.5 years of service and a better experience …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
More Top Yahoos Heading for the Exits  —  A pair of senior Yahoo executives is leaving the beleaguered Internet company, continuing a steady exodus of executives that began more than two years ago.  —  The latest to leave are Jeff Weiner, executive vice president of the network division …
Discussion: TechCrunch, BoomTown and Valleywag
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Weiner Will Leave Yahoo, but Might Not Be Replaced  —  Jeff Weiner (pictured here), as BoomTown reported in a story broken by BoomTown Tuesday and also yesterday, will be leaving Yahoo (YHOO) to become an entrepreneur in residence at both Accel Partners and Greylock Partners.
Discussion: CNET News.com, Valleywag and WebProNews
Microsoft:
Interactive Entertainment Business Leadership Team Positioned to Drive Next Wave of Growth and Audience Expansion  —  Microsoft announces new leadership roles for Shane Kim and Phil Spencer and the departure of Jeff Bell.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced a new leadership structure …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
New Yahoo Logo Spotted in the Wild  —  Could the purple logo to the right represent a new Yahoo branding initiative?  Or just a photoshop hit job?  —  Ben Sweat, a product manager at Snap, claims to have spotted it at the top of the Yahoo homepage in Firefox 3 this morning (see shot below).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Valleywag
Opera:
Opera redefines Web browsing yet again  —  New Opera 9.5 is beautifully engineered as the centerpiece of a Web experience without boundaries  —  Opera Software today released to the world the final public release of its flagship Web browser, Opera 9.5.  Opera's cross-device expertise …
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PC World:
Finalized Opera 9.5 Browser Ready for Download
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Flixwagon Does Live Vidcasting on iPhone  —  Sure, we were a little crestfallen this week when Apple didn't announce a video camera in iPhone 2.0.  But who needs one when the industrious folks at Flixwagon just rigged up the current iPhone for live video broadcasting?  Here's the maiden footage:
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Logo Meets Hooters  —  People are always interested in the Google logo especially as they often change it.  But anyone searching now for google logo might get a surprise, as noted by Ari.  As all the relevant images Google could have shown in the top three, Google picked …
 
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