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5:20 AM ET, June 13, 2008


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Yahoo! to Strengthen Competitive Position in Online Advertising Through Non-Exclusive Agreement With Google  —  Agreement Advances Yahoo!'s Open Strategy; Enhances Ability to  —  Compete in Converging Search and Display Marketplace  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company …
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Our agreement to provide ad technology to Yahoo!  —  Today, we announced a non-exclusive advertising agreement that will provide Yahoo! with access to our AdSense for search and AdSense for content advertising programs on their U.S. and Canadian web properties.
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! …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoogle?:  Microsoft Will “Let Loose the Dogs of War”  —  With the ad-outsourcing deal between Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG) finally announced-in a press release so parsed and careful, it makes me immediately suspect-one Microsoft (MSFT) source joked to me:  —  “Let loose the dogs of war.”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google/Yahoo Search Partnership Announcement At 1:30 This Afternoon (Updated)
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo ends all talks with Microsoft, shares plunge
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Confidential
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redesign A First Step In Bringing Order To The MySpace Chaos  —  Los Angeles based social network MySpace, which has 115 million monthly visitors worldwide (Comscore, April 2008), will be launching a redesign of its site next week.  The first phase of the project, internally called “MySpace 2.0,” will launch on Wednesday June 18.
Caroline McCarthy /
MySpace to release major site redesign
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Associated Press:   MySpace revamping Web site to help boost usage
Orli Yakuel / GO2WEB20 Blog:
Testing Google Friend Connect, 1, 2, 3!  —  Finally, with a little help from Google, I managed to add Google's Friend Connect to my blog.  —  Basically, Friend Connect is an admin page with several social gadgets that you can customize and embed in your site or blog.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   Google Friend Connect Disabled By Facebook
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook No Longer The Second Largest Social Network  —  It was sort of inevitable given Facebook's monster growth over the last few years, but April 2008 was the milestone: Facebook officially caught up to MySpace in terms of unique monthly worldwide visitors, according to data released by Comscore and shown above.
Discussion: All Facebook
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Twitter brings in big guns from Pivotal Labs to help rebuild its troubled infrastructure  —  Twitter, the messaging service that many of us love — and love to complain about when it experiences downtime — has hired a premier software development firm to help it rebuild its infrastructure, we've heard and confirmed with the company.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Could Replace Outlook and SalesForce  —  I have been a total skeptic on proprietary messaging within social networks.  After all, who on earth would want a proprietary tool when e-mail reaches everybody?  I love it, though, when circumstances change a deeply ingrained opinion.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell E and E Slim revealed, taking on Eee and Air in one fell swoop  —  We got a nice helping of slides dropped on our virtual doorstep this evening, fleshing out Dell's upcoming netbook — which they seem to be calling the “Dell E.”  Um, Eeenteresting name choice, but that doesn't seem set in stone …
Discussion: Gizmodo, SlashGear, I4U News and Tech Blog
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Virtual Leopard Server, Uncaged: Virtualized Mac OS X Leopard Server on VMware Fusion 2.0  —  As many of you may recall, at Macworld in January, we gave you a preview of Mac OS X Leopard Server installing and running as a virtual machine on Mac OS X.  —  Well, in honor of Apple's Worldwide …
Apple announces Mac, iPhone design award winners
Discussion: The Iconfactory
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 …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Loses Two More: Fayyad and Zawodny
Discussion: CNET
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
What to do about wireless termination fees  —  Early termination fees for wireless cell phone contracts came under fire during a Federal Communications Commission hearing Thursday as commissioners examined an industry-backed proposal that could soften the blow of these fees for some consumers.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple considering iPhone sales through universities  —  Apple is mulling a plan that would see the company extend sales of its upcoming iPhone 3G through top universities, and is separately considering a new protection service plan for college students, AppleInsider has learned.
Kylewar / Tales from the Microsoft Surface team:
Viva Las Virtual Vegas!!!  —  Hello from Vegas!  The Surface and Harrah's teams have been burning the midnight oil for the past few days getting everything set for our next public deployment.  —  Today, Harrah's will become our second partner to deploy Surface.
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Discussion: IntoMobile
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Discussion: TG Daily
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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