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4:55 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 …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
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 …
Associated Press:
Yahoo! partners with Google  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) — Yahoo!'s efforts to revive takeover talks with Microsoft Corp. have reached a dead end, prompting the Internet pioneer to hire online search leader Google Inc. to handle some of its advertising sales.
Discussion: DailyTech and Alan Meckler
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Yahoo Offer: $8 Billion Stock Buyback; $1 Billion for Search
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and TechCrunch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's $83 Million Escape Clause: SEC Filing Spells Out Details …
Discussion: and Bloomberg
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo, Google, Microsoft: The Morning After
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.”
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
FU AP  —  I talked to a reporter this week about the embattled Associated Press and said three times that I didn't want it to die.  I might take that back.  —  The AP has filed truly noxious takedown notices against Rogers Cadenhead's community-created Drudge Retort, arguing copyright violations for quotes from 33 to 79 words long.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   AP Goes After Bloggers For Posting Article Headlines And Snippets
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
AP Threatens News Aggregation Site for Short Excerpts
Discussion: Industry Standard
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
If it can't find a solution, Google should kill YouTube  —  Do you remember the good ol' days of YouTube?  Back when a private company owned it and you could post and view whatever you wanted up there and no one would say a word because, well, it was practically bankrupt and copyright owners knew …
Discussion: TG Daily
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.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Nothing to worry about, but I'm taking some time off  —  Folks, just for the record, I'm feeling great, never better, and you know that's true because Apple always tells the truth and we're the most transparent, forthcoming, open and honest company in the world.
Discussion: Valleywag
Kevin Michaluk / 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!!
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
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Next year critical for Sun's ‘Project Copy Linux’  —  The next year will be a critical time for OpenSolaris, according to Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian brought in by Sun Microsystems last year to lead its OS operation.  —  Success will be measured by the creation of complementary software packages …
Scott Gilbertson / The Register:   OpenSolaris still has some Linux copying to do
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 …
David Carnoy / CNET
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
May sales: GTA IV #1 with a bullet; Nintendo rules the rest
Caroline McCarthy /
MySpace to release major site redesign  —  Updated at 9:47 p.m. PDT with more details.  —  News Corp.'s MySpace is set to release a major redesign next week, company representatives said late Thursday evening.  The site doesn't look that different; it's still clearly MySpace.
Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
Q8000 and E5000 pop up  —  Aggravate the assault on AMD  —  STEALTHY PILFERERS originating somewhere we can't pinpoint on a map have snapped a slide from an Intel Roadmap document revealing the upcoming launch of two new flavours of CPUs.  Not just two individual CPUs, but two series to be precise.
Brooke Crothers / CNET
Report: Low-cost Intel quad-core and Nehalem chips coming
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Austin Ventures and Another PE Firm Buying Entrepreneur Media
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PC World:
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Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
Sony working on ‘break apart’ motion PS3 pad
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, I4U News and Kotaku
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Choppy Waters For Weather Channel: Time Warner Withdraws Bid: Report
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Will Microsoft Now Buy AOL From Time Warner?
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
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Lessig Blog:
The Kozinski mess  —  So the wires are a twitter with the story …
Discussion: Techdirt and Threat Level
James Watts / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile search access gets faster; iGoogle gets easier to use
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
MeMobile, You Kaput  —  As widely predicted, Steve Jobs …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PayPal ambushes users with mystery Skype charges