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8:05 PM ET, June 12, 2008

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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.
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! …
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 …
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Runs Into Google's Arms
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Statement: We Weren't Interested In Rebidding
Discussion: Light Reading and Electronista
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Weiner Will Leave Yahoo, but Might Not Be Replaced
Discussion: CNET News.com, Valleywag and WebProNews
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Loses Two More: Fayyad and Zawodny
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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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
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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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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