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2:30 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo The Failure: Myth Versus Reality  —  As SS Yahoo appears to be sinking, let me be the contrarian about her future.  I admit, I find it as hard to believe as anyone that Yahoo has much life left in it after all executive departures this week, plus the latest news of Delicious founder Joshua Schacter going.
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
It Gets Worse: Joshua Schachter Leaving Yahoo  —  We just got confirmation from Joshua Schachter, the founder of delicious, that he has decided to resign from Yahoo!.  Mike Arrington just spoke to him and he said that the recent news coming out of Yahoo! pressed his decision to leave now.
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
The iPhone's Next Frontier: Porn  —  Apple may be golden because of the iPhone, but the soon-to-be updated device is also increasingly the source of forbidden fruit.  Steve Jobs' company is keeping a civil, if embarrassed, silence about one of the potentially most lucrative and controversial uses of its hand-held jewel: porn.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The ‘Jailbreak’ Market?  Maybe Not (AAPL)  —  Conventional wisdom is that once Apple (AAPL) starts selling apps for the iPhone and iPod touch next month, people will stop “jailbreaking” their phones so they can install unofficial third-party apps.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft rules out post-Yahoo buying spree  —  Microsoft will not try to make up for its failed move on Yahoo with a spate of other internet acquisitions, according to the top executives behind its online strategy.  —  Speculation about Microsoft's next move has been rife since Yahoo …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Microsoft Doesn't Want Your App Startup  —  In an interview published this morning in the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wouldn't be looking to pick up any other Internet companies just because the Yahoo deal failed.  One can only imagine how far shares of Facebook …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Clickety Clack
Charles Miller / BBC:
The secret of Bill Gates' success  —  From schoolboy to software titan, Bill Gates on how it all started  —  As Bill Gates prepares to end his full-time work at Microsoft, he tells the BBC in an interview that it wasn't just what Microsoft did, but what his rivals didn't do that let Microsoft get ahead.
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Financial Times:
Transcript: Steve Ballmer of Microsoft  —  FINANCIAL TIMES: So, you finally got rid of that other guy.  Now we want to know what you're going to do.  —  STEVE BALLMER: Onward and upward, baby.  Onward and upward.  —  FT: What does it mean to lose Bill Gates from his full-time role?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Says Drudge Retort Excerpt ‘Matter’ Closed; No Official Policy Announced  —  Hard to believe that all of the discourse (public and private) on how the AP handled the way its material was being used by the Drudge Retort boils down to this for now—a non-response response following …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Hijacks Comments With Threaded Replies  —  If content was king in old media, conversation is king on the Web.  That is why everybody wants to control the conversation.  Video commenting startup Seesmic is no exception.  People can post short videos on Seesmic that other people can follow, just like on Twitter.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Seesmic raises another $6M for video comments  —  Seesmic, a startup that allows users to post short video comments and snippets, has raised $6 million in a second round of funding.  The new round was led by Omidyar Network, the philanthropic firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Wellington Partners.
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB Preview - G92b at 55nm … NVIDIA Dumps on the Parade  —  YANL  —  I started a term when the 9800 GTX was first released known as YANL: Yet Another NVIDIA Launch.  Basically it's a derogatory term poking fun at a company that produces a LOT of different brands and products …
Discussion: DailyTech, HEXUS.net and Engadget
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Nvidia chip matches AMD manufacturing process
Discussion: PC Perspective
Fortune:
Selling big business on the iPhone  —  Apple is taking a new corporate-friendly tact with the iPhone as it tries to convince companies that it means business about meeting their needs.  —  (Fortune) — Steve Jobs has won over legions of new customers since he returned to Apple …
Frank Harris / Google News Blog:
Testing... testing... is this on?  —  Over the course of the next few weeks, you may notice a few changes to Google News... or maybe not.  You see, we'll be running some experiments on the look and feel of our site, based on an accumulation of user research and feedback, as well as the evolving state of online journalism.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Study: Social networks may subvert ‘digital divide’  —  Social networks like Facebook and MySpace have reputations as time-sucking procrastination tools, but a new study from the University of Minnesota says au contraire.  —  Social networks build beneficial technological, creative …
Discussion: The Social Times
InfoWorld:
Security vendors report ‘critical’ Trojan exploit for Mac  —  SecureMac and Intego are separately reporting the existence of a new security threat for Mac, claiming the existence of multiple variants of a new Trojan horse in the wild that affects Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
New eBay strategy angers small sellers  —  For years, eBay Inc. espoused an egalitarian view that all of its sellers should be treated equally.  —  But these days, the online marketplace is increasingly taking an opposite tack by offering discounts to its biggest sellers, hoping to lure more of their business.
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC leak reveals specs, new casing  —  Remember that tidy little bamboo-encased mini PC Dell showed off in April?  Well apparently the company is at work on a variant of the diminutive system, dubbed the Studio Hybrid.  In addition to forgoing the eco-friendly wood …
Discussion: Crave, Electronista, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
 
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New feature review: auto-save, linking, page names, and landing page
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Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Workplace Text-Messaging Ruling Wows Privacy Advocates
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
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Closure of Chinese Online-Video Site Sparks Concern
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