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4:30 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Yahoo: Microsoft doesn't want us anymore  —  Updated 12:05 p.m. with Yahoo confirming talks concluded; 12:45 p.m. with additional details, Microsoft comment.  —  Microsoft's efforts to reach some sort of arrangement with Yahoo have broken down again, Yahoo confirmed on Thursday..
Discussion: TechCrunch
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.
Discussion: Digital Daily
Associated Press:
Yahoo ends all talks with Microsoft, shares plunge
Discussion: Neowin.net and AppScout
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
New Yahoo Logo Spotted in the Wild
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: Yahoo's Talks With Microsoft Conclude; Google Search-Ad Deal Coming
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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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.
Miguel Helft / Bits:
More Top Yahoos Heading for the Exits
Discussion: TechCrunch, Valleywag and Startup Meme
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Will higher PC shipments benefit Microsoft?  —  In separate reports this week, research firms IDC and Gartner both boosted their projections for worldwide PC shipments for the current calendar year.  On the face of it, that would bode well for Microsoft, which continues to get a large portion …
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IDC:
Growth In Emerging Regions And Robust Portable PC Demand Drive …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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 …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Warner Bros. Loves Joost, TiVo, Veoh, More  —  The Warner Bros. Television Group will be syndicating its television series online with Dailymotion, Joost, Sling Media, TiVo and Veoh.  These are the shows it's bringing out of the archives and producing for TheWB.com and KidsWB.com, like Friends — see our recent beta review.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G's True Price Compared  —  Ever since Apple announced that they're cutting $200 from the iPhone's price and lowering the iPhone 3G down to $199, people have been rumbling about how the increased AT&T data plan price negates any savings you get up front on the phone.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Google Friend Connect Spotted in the Wild  —  Prominent Israeli tech blogger Orli Yakuel has just installed the first Google Friend Connect widget we've seen yet in the wild.  The service lets visitors to a website with Friend Connect enabled see the friends of theirs from other social networks …
 
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Business Wire:
Comcast Increases Upstream Speeds for Its High-Speed Internet …
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
New kissing robot from Japan
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