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1:10 AM ET, June 14, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Yahoo Offer: $8 Billion Stock Buyback; $1 Billion for Search  —  Oh, they're plenty irked in Redmond today, in the wake of Yahoo's (YHOO) picking of the Google (GOOG) ad-outsourcing deal over a proposal by Microsoft (MSFT).  —  And what exactly was that offer?
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Yahoo Passed On Microsoft's Search Deal (New Details!)  —  As of last weekend, Yahoo (YHOO) had two deals on the table: A Microsoft (MSFT) search deal and a Google (GOOG) search deal.  Yahoo chose the Google deal.  After speaking with a person familiar with Microsoft's thinking …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google-Yahoo Deal Raises Antitrust Fears  —  Google, already the world's dominant Web company, keeps on growing.  —  But the announcement on Thursday that it has struck a deal to assume some of the business of its nearest competitor, Yahoo, has aroused questions about whether the company …
Discussion: eWeek
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft president reveals Yahoo offer, bangs antitrust war drum  —  The latest scoop on the Microsoft offer that Yahoo rejected comes from a source familiar with Microsoft's position — Kevin Johnson, president of the platforms and services division.  —  In a memo sent today to employees …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Beyond Binary
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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Browser Sync To Be Discontinued
Discussion: Lifehacker
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social Networking Gets a Sanity Check  —  After years of hype, noise and funding, the social networking sector is finally getting a harsh, but necessary, sanity check.  —  Today there are numbers out from comScore that indicate plateauing growth for the big two — MySpace and Facebook …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Why Facebook is now the number one social network in the world, and why this matters
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 Of $10 Million Fourth Round  —  Looks like the Technorati Monster has escaped again, gobbling up more cash... The perpetually “borked” blog search engine has raised another $7.5 million of a planned $10 million fourth round, reports peHUB, citing a regulatory filing.
Discussion: TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb and Pulse 2.0
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Goes After Bloggers For Posting Article Headlines And Snippets  —  from the you're-going-to-lose,-badly dept  —  Last fall, the Associated Press claimed that it was ready to change to face the new internet world — and that meant not just being a gatekeeper, but joining in the conversation.
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Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Bob Cringely is off his gourd  —  The Robert X. Cringely stuff was cute once, but it's hit “Fake Steve Jobs” territory now: We know who you are, and it's just not fun or funny anymore.  More to the point, The X-Man's latest is just plain crazy talk: … It's worth noting, incidentally, that even the title of this post is horrible.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Google: we don't know how to make money from YouTube  —  ‘A whole new industry’ could be created around video advertising on the web, Google said, but it's not sure how  —  Google has said that it is still unsure how to make money from YouTube, the enormously popular video-sharing website it owns, but hopes to be able to do so soon.
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
If it can't find a solution, Google should kill YouTube
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
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.
Discussion: Unwired View
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Xbox 360 price cut coming soon?  —  With Metal Gear Solid 4 finally available for the PlayStation 3, it doesn't take a genius to predict that the PS3 is going to get a boost from having a hit console-exclusive title under its belt.  Nevertheless, analysts are boldly proclaiming change is asunder.
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For A New Platform War.  Google Gears Drives Straight At Microsoft's Profits.  —  Google launched Gears last May, and for the first year of its release it was considered a minor, niche product that a few developers and users may take advantage of to allow offline access to web applications.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fake Steve Jobs Gets Real New Job: Leaving Forbes For Newsweek  —  Forbes editor Dan Lyons, best known to most of you as Fake Steve Jobs, is leaving his employer after a 10-year run and jumping to Newsweek, where he'll take tech columnist Steve Levy's old slot.
 
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Wall Street becoming Linux stronghold
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Graham Tibbetts / Telegraph:
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Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Upload your PDFs!  —  I spend a good chunk of time each week combing …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is eBay Artificially Inflating Listing Numbers?
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple ranks 7th in notebook sales worldwide
PC World:
Snow Leopard: Back to Basics
Discussion: MacRumors and Macworld
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony working on ‘break apart’ motion PS3 pad
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G must be activated in-store (and other followup questions answered)
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Screen Grab: Woz hacks Kathy Griffin's iPhone... on TV
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