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11:40 AM 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 …
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo, Google, Microsoft: The Morning After  —  It's time for a little Friday morning quarterbacking.  Yesterday, the months of melodrama over the fate of Yahoo (YHOO) reached a resolution, as the company announced the termination of its talks with Microsoft (MSFT), and then several hours later unveiled …
Yahoo! to Strengthen Competitive Position in Online Advertising Through Non-Exclusive Agreement With Google  —  Agreement Advances Yahoo!'s Open Strategy; Enhances Ability to  —  Compete in Converging Search and Display Marketplace  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company …
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.
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Google's Yahoo Rebound Play
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.”
Discussion: Profy.Com, TeleRead, Gawker and PSFK
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.
Mathew /   Someone please buy AP a clue
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   AP sends takedown letters to Drudge Retort: Do excerpts and links infringe?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   AP Threatens News Aggregation Site for Short Excerpts
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Redesign A First Step In Bringing Order To The MySpace Chaos
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   MySpace is a Good Website and You Should Stop Complaining About It
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook No Longer The Second Largest Social Network  —  It was sort of inevitable given Facebook's monster growth over the last few years, but April 2008 was the milestone: Facebook officially caught up to MySpace in terms of unique monthly worldwide visitors, according to data released by Comscore and shown above.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
May sales: GTA IV #1 with a bullet; Nintendo rules the rest  —  Last year was an amazing year for video game sales, but this year sales are truly en fuego.  “The US video games industry has generated $6.6 billion in sales so far this year, which exceeds total 1997 annual revenues.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google's $83 Million Escape Clause: SEC Filing Spells Out Details Of Yahoo-Google Deal  —  In a new filing with the SEC, Yahoo spells out the terms of the search-advertising agreement it announced yesterday with Google.  Most of the filing fleshes out known details about the agreement.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Could Replace Outlook and SalesForce  —  I have been a total skeptic on proprietary messaging within social networks.  After all, who on earth would want a proprietary tool when e-mail reaches everybody?  I love it, though, when circumstances change a deeply ingrained opinion.
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
MeMobile, You Kaput  —  As widely predicted, Steve Jobs this week introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference the iPhone 3G that was first reported in this column late last year.  The $199 price was a welcome surprise but shouldn't have been given Apple's confident predictions …
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Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
New BlackBerrry KickStart Images!
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Nothing to worry about, but I'm taking some time off
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
What If Copyright Only Applied To Commercial Use?
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Makes “Related Searches” Fresher
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
News: iPhone 3G's third sensor revealed as second proximity sensor
Avram Piltch / LAPTOP Magazine:
ASUS Releases Eee PC 901, 1000 Series U.S. Pricing
Lessig Blog:
The Kozinski mess  —  So the wires are a twitter with the story …
Discussion: Techdirt and Threat Level
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
The Dark Knight edition Nokia 6205 goes on sale June 15 …
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James Watts / Official Google Mobile Blog:
Mobile search access gets faster; iGoogle gets easier to use
Discussion: TechCrunch and InformationWeek
Anil Dash / Six Apart News & Events:
Bringing Great Blogging Tools to iPhone
Dan Goodin / The Register:
PayPal ambushes users with mystery Skype charges
Maggie Jackson / Business Week:
May We Have Your Attention, Please?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Announces Second f8 Event
William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
How Google Universal Search and Blended Results May Work
Apple announces Mac, iPhone design award winners
Discussion: The Iconfactory
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Twitter brings in big guns from Pivotal Labs to help rebuild …