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2:00 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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
There Can Be Only Two (Maybe Three)!  —  Oh, Scott!  Oh, Tapan!  Want an extra office?  Perhaps a giant sword?  —  Of the four powerful direct reports to former Yahoo Network division head Jeff Weiner-Front Door and Network Services' Tapan Bhat, Brad Garlinghouse, who heads Yahoo's communications …
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
Discussion: CNET News.com and Clickety Clack
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.
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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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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.
Discussion: broadstuff
Drew Olanoff / Download Squad:
I know what you downloaded last week  —  We're talking part one, the one with the hot version of Jennifer Love Hewitt.  And oh yeah, that's who you were downloading last week, and we know alllllll about it.  —  A recent study by Cyber-Ark, who asked 300 IT Professionals about the topic …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
One in three IT staff snoops on colleagues
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 …
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
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.
Charles Miller / BBC:
Making Microsoft  —  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.
Discussion: TechConsumer
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.
Network Solutions Newsroom:
Network Solutions Encourages ICANN to Adopt Transaction Fee to End Domain Tasting and Front Running  —  Network Solutions has long called for a fee-based solution to eliminate the related abuses of domain name “tasting” and “front running.”  —  On June 26, 2008, the Internet Corporation …
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
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
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Closure of Chinese Online-Video Site Sparks Concern  —  A leading Chinese online-video site backed by several high-profile foreign investors has been quietly shuttered, raising questions about the future of the once-promising industry in the world's most populous Internet market.
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
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.
The Independent:
Facebook faux pas: The geek's guide to netiquette  —  Social networking is a minefield for manners - should you poke your boss?  Can you have too many friends?  Rhodri Marsden shares his golden rules  —  A recent survey revealed that almost two thirds of people using social networking …
 
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Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
Workplace Text-Messaging Ruling Wows Privacy Advocates
Discussion: ZDNet Government and Gadgetell
Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC leak reveals specs, new casing
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Live Nation Battle Is Likely to Result In Chairman's Exit
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Broadband Speed Test
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Google “Sometimes” Case Sensitive When Searching + The Rest
Bloomberg:
CD sales falling faster than digital music sales rise
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Matt Cohler Exit Interview
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