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4:40 AM ET, June 18, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo  —  Photo sharing site Flickr is one of the leading lights of Yahoo - but cofounders (and husband/wife team) Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield won't be around to keep driving the product forward.  They are both joining the mass exodus of executives from the company.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Happy One Year Anniversary, Jerry
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Boardroom Brawl?
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Closes Its Round; Got That Billion Dollar Valuation  —  LinkedIn has raised $53 million from Bain Capital Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, and Bessemer Ventures.  The investment values the business social network at just over $1 billion.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
At Social Site, Only the Businesslike Need Apply  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For a Web site, it could hardly look less exciting.  Its pages are heavy with text, much of it a flat blue, and there are few photos and absolutely no videos.  —  But LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is dull by design.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
LinkedIn Raises $53 Million at $1 Billion Valuation
Discussion: Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Skype 4.0 Beta: It's All About Video  —  Skype is getting a major, much-needed upgrade: Skype 4.0.  President Josh Silverman calls it the “biggest new release in Skype's history.”  The new software client, which which will be released here in beta tomorrow (for Windows only), takes up the whole screen.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
A Redesign at Skype  —  Skype, eBay's Internet phone division, has always been something of a problem child for the e-commerce giant.  —  The service is growing like a weed, with 309 million registered users.  It earned $126 million in the first quarter of the year, exceeding what eBay and PayPal earned at similar age.
Discussion: The Blog known …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Video Makes Skype 4.0 Grow Bigger, Wider
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Benjamin J. Romano / Seattle Times:
Microsoft steps big into TV ad world  —  The company is buying Navic Networks, a Waltham, Mass., company that makes technologies...  Microsoft's next advertising frontier is the biggest: television.  —  The company is buying Navic Networks, a Waltham, Mass., company that makes technologies …
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Microsoft Acquires Navic Networks
Discussion: Bits
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Buys TV Ad Placement Firm Navic Network
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Power User's Guide to Firefox 3  —  You already know about Firefox 3's marquee new features, but now it's time to dig deep and unearth the shortcuts, tweaks, and even Easter eggs that Mozilla marketing doesn't mention.  In honor of today's official release of Firefox 3—at 10AM Pacific Time …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google App Engine Goes Down and Stays Down  —  Google App Engine, which launched in April to compete with Amazon's web services unit, has been having major problems over the last day.  Currently, the application directory and, more importantly, all third party applications (here's our test application), are offline.
Discussion: Webware.com and O'Reilly Radar
comScore:
More than 4 Billion Videos Viewed at Google Sites  —  In April, Google Sites once again ranked as the top U.S. video property with more than 4.1 billion videos viewed (38 percent share of all videos), as YouTube.com accounted for 98 percent of all videos viewed at the property.
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Where are all the video startups?  Maybe Content=King, online and offline
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Facebook and Google still not ready to connect friends  —  The meaning of openness in the realm of social networks continues to be difficult to pin down.  At a panel discussion Tuesday at Supernova 2008 in San Francisco, representatives from Facebook, Google, and Plaxo discussed …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Firefox 3 download fiesta: Ready, set, kaboom  —  The world record download attempt for Firefox 3 is off to a rough start.  —  Shortly after 1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT (Mozilla's official launch time) I went to spreadfirefox.com and got the following:  —  I'm sure Mozilla will fix this little glitch …
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Paul / Netcraft:
Mozilla Outage on Firefox 3 Record Launch Day
Discussion: Mozilla, GMSV and BetaNews
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Center'd marries local search to event listings and planning  —  Launching this evening is a new company that thinks it can be all things to all local searchers: Listings like Yelp, events like Going, and planning like Evite, all layered atop a rich, yet feathery-light social network.  —  Mouth watering?
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Compete: Google Keeps Stomping The Others In Search Traffic  —  The latest search engine share stats for May 2008 from Compete show Google hitting yet again another high.  Let's do the numbers, including the debate on whether Microsoft Live Search Club searches should be counted plus …
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:   May Search Market Share: Nothing But Google
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twhirl Adds Seesmic Access; Extends Seesmic Distribution  —  Popular Twitter and FriendFeed client Twhirl is announcing a major update this evening.  Twhirl has added Seesmic video messageboard functionality to the Adobe Air client.  Today alone, Twhirl has been downloaded 400,000 times.
The Technium:
One Dead Media  —  One of my suppositions is that technologies rarely go extinct — on the global level.  Usually someone, somewhere will continue to employ the most ancient technology.  There are probably more people making swords by hand now than in the past.
Discussion: New York Times
Fred / A VC:
Why Widgets Is The Wrong Word For What We're Doing  —  I am speaking at WidgetWeb today.  They asked me to talk about widgets as startups, but I am not going to talk about that.  I am going to talk about the end of widgets as we know them, starting with the word itself.
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Wanted: CMO for Startup - Must Have a Good PageRank  —  This is the type of job advert we will soon be seeing:  —  “Wanted: Chief Marketing Officer for a Web 2.0 startup based in San Francisco.  Candidate must have a blog with a PageRank of at least 5 and/or at least 800 followers on Twitter …
 
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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Vermont OKs the Creation of Virtual Corporations
Discussion: New World Notes
Richard Jalichandra / The Technorati Weblog:
So we're launching an ad network... AND overhauling our search infrastructure
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's New NYC Office: Expensive, And Under Construction
Discussion: Macsimum News
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