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5:45 PM ET, June 13, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Massive Destruction Of Shareholder Value, Employee Morale and Internet Balance Of Power  —  I don't believe that there is anything Yahoo could do at this point to further destroy their business that would surprise me.  —  At 1:35 pm EST yesterday we posted that we believed Yahoo would announce …
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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 picking of the Google ad outsourcing deal over a proposal by Microsoft.  —  And what exactly was that offer?  —  Well, according to people familiar …
Discussion: Valleywag and Incremental Blogger
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Analysts don't rule out a Microsoft-Yahoo deal just yet  —  Updated June 13 at 8:35 a.m. PDT with analyst comments on the Google-Yahoo search ad deal.  —  Shares of Yahoo continued to get hammered in early-morning market trading on Friday, in a sign that its Google search ad announcement …
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com
Associated Press:
Yahoo! partners with Google
Discussion: DailyTech and Alan Meckler
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo search ad deal may open more urban, blue-collar markets to Google
Discussion: Hitwise Intelligence and Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's $83 Million Escape Clause: SEC Filing Spells Out Details …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Bloomberg
Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Files 7 DMCA Takedowns Against Drudge Retort  —  I'm currently engaged in a legal disagreement with the Associated Press, which claims that Drudge Retort users linking to its stories are violating its copyright and committing “'hot news' misappropriation under New York state law.”
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   FU AP  —  I talked to a reporter this week about the embattled …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   AP Goes After Bloggers For Posting Article Headlines And Snippets
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   AP responds on blog excerpting
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
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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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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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Nothing to worry about, but I'm taking some time off
Discussion: Valleywag
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G must be activated in-store (and other followup questions answered)  —  Yesterday we went over a few of the more confusing bits of the iPhone 3G launch — and let's be honest, the details of this launch are confusing as hell compared to the original go-round.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
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Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
New BlackBerrry KickStart Images!  —  Well what do we have here?  New images of the BlackBerry KickStart?! w00t!  Take a look after the jump for tons images (you can see it from every angle) of the not-yet-announced by RIM BlackBerry flip phone currently codenamed the KickStart!!
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell E and E Slim revealed, taking on Eee and Air in one fell swoop  —  We got a nice helping of slides dropped on our virtual doorstep this evening, fleshing out Dell's upcoming netbook — which they seem to be calling the “Dell E.”  Um, Eeenteresting name choice, but that doesn't seem set in stone …
James Watts / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile search access gets faster; iGoogle gets easier to use  —  We at Google are obsessed with making your mobile search experience as fast as possible.  With that in mind, we've just updated our mobile homepage to allow for a quicker load time, providing you with even faster access to the information you need while on the go.
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony working on ‘break apart’ motion PS3 pad  —  Sony Computer Entertainment is working on a new controller for the PlayStation 3, which features the ability to ‘break apart’ into two separate units, each of which contains an accelerometer for ‘Wiimote-like’ motion-sensing functionality, GamesIndustry.biz understands.
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Exclusive Photos of Toshiba's Hot New Qosmio X305 Gaming Laptop!  —  Just as the laptop gaming market is heating up we snagged some exclusive leaked pictures for you of Toshiba's hot new upcoming gaming laptop, the Qosmio X305.  If you think the X205 was impressive wait 'till you see this baby!
 
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Jennifer Woodard Maderazo / MediaShift:
Spain's National Obsession with Mobiles, Texting
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
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Next year critical for Sun's ‘Project Copy Linux’
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Austin Ventures and Another PE Firm Buying Entrepreneur Media
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PC World:
Snow Leopard: Back to Basics
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Jenna Wortham / The Underwire:
Company Fesses Up to Corn-Popping Cellphone Clips
 Earlier Items: 
David Carnoy / CNET News.com:
Rumor: Xbox 360 price cut coming soon?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Microsoft Now Buy AOL From Time Warner?
Discussion: paidContent.org
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Screen Grab: Woz hacks Kathy Griffin's iPhone... on TV
Discussion: Digg
David Robson / New Scientist:
Compressed web phone calls are easy to bug
Discussion: CircleID
David Meyer / Business Week:
Nokia: Linux Needs to Learn Business
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
ASUS Releases Eee PC 901, 1000 Series U.S. Pricing
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
MeMobile, You Kaput  —  As widely predicted, Steve Jobs …
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MySpace to release major site redesign
 

 
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