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8:45 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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Yahoo!:
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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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! …
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 …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to announce reorg, Google ad deal  —  Yahoo's long-awaited deal to show Google ads on search results and an unrelated executive reorganization in its technology group could be announced today, CNET News.com has learned.  —  The Google deal, tested for two weeks in April …
Google:
Google Announces Non-Exclusive Advertising Services Agreement with Yahoo! in U.S. and Canada  —  Companies will also Enable Interoperability Between Their Instant Messaging Services  —  Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) today announced that it has reached an agreement that gives Yahoo! …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Statement: We Weren't Interested In Rebidding
Discussion: Forbes, Light Reading and Electronista
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Runs Into Google's Arms
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Yahoo inks search-ad pact with Google
Discussion: Lost Remote
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo's Talks With Microsoft Conclude; Google Search-Ad Deal Coming
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 …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Loses Two More: Fayyad and Zawodny
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Weiner Will Leave Yahoo, but Might Not Be Replaced
Discussion: Valleywag, CNET News.com and WebProNews
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Qik Demos iPhone Video Streaming Service  —  Not to be outdone by Flixwagon, who announced their own iPhone video streaming service this morning, Qik sent us a video demonstration of their own upcoming product for doing exactly the same thing.  —  The feature isn't available yet …
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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
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Grand Theft Auto IV, Wii and DS still cruising  —  Grand Theft Auto IV continued to rumble past the competition racking up 1.3 million sales between the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, according to new figures from NPD.  The game has sold 4.2 million units in the U.S. since its launch at the end of April …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: consumers lust after high-speed broadband, not HDTV  —  Broadband services and speeds are ranked higher than any other “new” service when it comes to their importance to consumers.  New survey results from Pike & Fischer Broadband Advisory Services show that while HDTV and digital phone service …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Schmidt: It's Google's duty to help fix ad business
Discussion: DailyTech, WebProNews and Techdirt
Comcast:
Comcast Increases Upstream Speeds For Its High-Speed Internet …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple considering iPhone sales through universities
Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
Phil Schiller's iPhone 3G Has Front Camera or Greasy Fingerprint
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