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4:50 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..
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.
Associated Press:
Yahoo ends all talks with Microsoft, shares plunge
Discussion: Neowin.net and AppScout
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
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:
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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 …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and CNET News.com
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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 …
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 …
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
I'm Done With Private Beta  —  I was going to call this post “Private Beta is Bulls**t” but then I realized I might be wrong.  Rather than decide, I'm looking for reasons to change my mind.  Please help me.  In the spirit of thinking out loud on my blog, I'm going to go through a history lesson …
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
 
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