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2:50 PM ET, June 14, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Not Bluffing  —  Look, it might be the biggest poker bluff in history and analysts are once again chattering that Yahoo's ad outsourcing deal with Google might force Microsoft back to make another offer for the Internet portal.  —  Sorry to be the skunk at Carl Icahn's garden party, but BoomTown doesn't think so.
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google-Yahoo Deal Raises Antitrust Fears
Discussion: TechCrunch and New York Times
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
AT&T: no iPhone 3G tethering for you!  —  With the iPhone 3G's significantly faster data transfer rates and ability to perform voice and data functions simultaneously, potential buyers have become intoxicated with the idea of tethering the device: using it as a cellular modem for laptops …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Lost in E-Mail, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The onslaught of cellphone calls and e-mail and instant messages is fracturing attention spans and hurting productivity.  It is a common complaint.  But now the very companies that helped create the flood are trying to mop it up.
Michael Wolf / GigaOM:
Why the Home Network Needs More Than Just Wi-Fi  —  Let's be honest: When it comes to the networked home, most analysts, press and consumers mainly think Wi-Fi.  This is for good reason, of course, as Wi-Fi has been phenomenally successful as a consumer technology.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google-Yahoo deal good news for IM, but...  Instant-messaging power users, rejoice: a barrier between two previously isolated realms of online chat is coming down.  —  A minor sidelight in the Yahoo-Google search ad deal announced Thursday is that the two companies “agreed …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Robert Holmes / TheStreet.com:
AT&T Mulls Surcharge for High DSL Use  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) CMCSA NFLX T TWC  —  AT&T T is considering a surcharge for customers who go above the normal amount of downloaded data on the Internet.  —  AT&T spokesman Michael Coe says that given the trends the company is seeing …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Technorati Raises $7.5 Million, Crashes  —  Technorati, the once-promising, but has-been blog search engine, has raised $7.5 million of a $10 million Series D round, PE Hub reports, citing a regulatory filing.  Returning to invest more: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mobius Venture Capital, and FG Incubation, which runs Technorati Japan.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
More Cash For Technorati: Blog Searcher Gets $7.5 Million …
Discussion: Pulse 2.0, ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Microsoft's Robbie Bach, part 2, on Xbox 360  —  The biggest business in Robbie Bach's Entertainment & Devices Group at Microsoft is the Xbox 360 video game business.  After many years of losses, the game business is poised to turn a profit, as is the E&D group itself, for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Google Browser Sync Discontinued, No Firefox 3 Support  —  Reader hominid.todd says that a Google rep emailed him about the long-awaited status of the Browser Sync extension for Firefox 3.  Turns out they're discontinuing development on it.  Here's Google's response to hominid.todd's inquiry:
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Tebyte:
Fennec: development of the younger brother of Firefox 3 mobile intensifies
Discussion: Unwired View and Crave
Cameron Wilmot / TweakTown:
TweakTown's VIDEO unboxing of ASUS Eee PC 1000H!  —  TWEAKTOWN EXCLUSIVE We got word that the ASUS Eee PC 1000 and 1000H was to begin selling on Wednesday this week in Taiwan and we instantly set about trying to buy one.  —  The new 10-inch Intel Atom powered sub-notebooks with 802.11n wireless …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Breaking news- eReader for the iPhone in the works  —  I read so many ebooks and I do it using the great reader application eReader.  I have over 350 books in my eReader bookshelf and was happy to hear from the Fictionwise founder that they would continue to develop versions of eReader for different platforms.
Tech-On! : tech news:
New Fuel Cell System ‘Generates Electricity with Only Water, Air’  —  Kouji Kariatsumari, Nikkei Electronics  —  Genepax Co Ltd explained the technologies used in its new fuel cell system “Water Energy System (WES),” which uses water as a fuel and does not emit CO2.
Discussion: Gizmodo, The Tech Report, Engadget and Digg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
AOL Turns the iPhone into an Expensive Radio  —  Here's one way I listened to the radio in grade school: I wound a coil of wire and connected it to a small crystal, a little yellow earphone and a few other parts nailed to a board.  This crystal radio was enough to receive WJR, then the CBS affiliate in Detroit, where I grew up.
 
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NEWS.com.au:
Bebo blamed for 13-year-old boy's death
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Bob Cringely is off his gourd
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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 Earlier Items: 
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For A New Platform War. …
Brad Stone / Bits:
The Newest Twist in ConnectU v. Facebook
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Why Facebook is now the number one social network in the world, and why this matters