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9:50 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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Yahoo!:
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 …
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:
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 …
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! …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo ends all talks with Microsoft, shares plunge
Discussion: Tech Confidential and Neowin.net
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Statement: We Weren't Interested In Rebidding
Discussion: Forbes, Light Reading and Electronista
Bloomberg:
Yahoo Strikes Deal With Google as Microsoft Talks End
Discussion: Techdirt
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Runs Into Google's Arms
Reuters:
Yahoo reaches Google ad deal, Microsoft talks fail
Discussion: Associated Press and Neowin.net
DealBook:
Yahoo Picks Google Deal Over Microsoft
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
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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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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Google Friend Connect Spotted in the Wild
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shakes up management in Xbox unit  —  There was a management shakeup Thursday in Microsoft's gaming division.  —  Microsoft said that Jeff Bell, vice president of global marketing for the company's interactive entertainment business has stepped down to “pursue other opportunities.”
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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 …
Discussion: Lockergnome
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
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.
 
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