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7:45 PM ET, June 13, 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?
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 …
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 …
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: Beyond Binary and TechCrunch
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 …
Roy Mark / eWeek:
Google Puts Escape Clause in Yahoo Deal
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 …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
AP responds on blog excerpting  —  I just received email that I assume is genuine with this statement from the AP: … Let's unpack this just a bit: AP is saying it's OK to link, but that they “get concerned” over use that is “more reproduction than reference or when others are encouraged to cut and paste.”
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   AP Goes After Bloggers For Posting Article Headlines And Snippets
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.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
If it can't find a solution, Google should kill YouTube
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
Discussion: Valleywag
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:
Discussion: Download Squad, CyberNet and jkOnTheRun
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Browser Sync To Be Discontinued
Discussion: Lifehacker
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
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.
Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Upload your PDFs!  —  I spend a good chunk of time each week combing our Google Docs Help group, where users share questions and information with each other, and with me!  (You'll see me as Google Guide Jenmazz in the group.)  The questions people ask tell me how we need to clarify and simplify …
Discussion: Download Squad, jkOnTheRun and CyberNet
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, understands.
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