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6:45 PM ET, June 24, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Microsoft And Yahoo Talks Back On  —  We've got multiple sources at both Yahoo and Microsoft telling us that official talks are back on between the two companies.  But we're hearing something different than CNET - the talks are about a full buyout again, not a sweetened search-only deal.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Dangerous Stock Dip (Hey, Microsoft, Don't Blow It!)  —  Right now, Yahoo shares are flirting with a dangerous threshold of below $20 a share-at this moment, shares are at $20.88.  —  Of course, the last time Yahoo (YHOO) went under the $20 level is when Microsoft (MSFT) …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft and Yahoo In Talks: Two Sources Say “Search Only, Not Buyout”  —  Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) are talking again, say TechCrunch, CNET, and an SAI source.  —  TechCrunch's sources say the two are talking about a full buyout.  One of our sources was highly skeptical of this.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Welcoming Bijan and Jeff  —  We're happy to announce two new members of our investment team: Bijan Sabet with Spark Capital in Boston and Jeff Bezos of Bezos Expeditions in Seattle.  Bijan has also accepted a seat on our board of directors.  We're looking forward to the guidance and advice both will bring to Twitter.
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Introducing Google Ad Planner  —  If you're a media planner at an ad agency, you know that planning an online display buy can be challenging, particularly in scaling your campaign's reach while keeping it relevant for your target audience.  Plus, how do you keep track of the millions of sites …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Ad Planner Getting Its Data From The Google Toolbar?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Symbian, iPhone & the New Mobile Reality  —  Nokia, already a stakeholder in mobile OS maker Symbian, has announced that it will buy the remainder of the company and throw all the assets into a new platform called the Symbian Foundation, which will unite all the flavors of Symbian into a single …
Mobile leaders to unify the Symbian software platform and set …
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Tiny XP Rev 09: Windows XP with cuise control  —  Installing or reinstalling Windows can be a real hassle.  Although Windows XP comes with a basic set of drivers, there's a good chance you'll have to dig out the driver disc for some of your hardware, or scour the Internet for the appropriate files.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014
Discussion: TechSpot
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft expanding Mac team ahead of new products  —  Microsoft's Mac Business last week kicked off the largest hiring spree in its history as the group prepares to accelerate development of a new wave of software products for Apple users.  —  “The Mac BU at Microsoft is growing …
David Kaplan /
Visa Flashes Its Credit Card On Facebook: $2M Ad Spend, Plus Promotional App  —  Forecasters like eMarketer may be predicting that social nets might not rake in as many ad dollars as previously thought, but Facebook is betting that deals like the one that kicked off today with Visa will help make it more attractive to advertisers.
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Facebook Scores Visa Ad Deal
Discussion: Computerworld
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digital politics: The future is broadband, not Facebook  —  NEW YORK—It's time to stop waxing philosophical about how this thing called “new media” is shaping American elections and time to focus on the real tech issues, like broadband policy.  —  We talked about bloggers in 2004 …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Ars Technica
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Ad J.C. Penney Doesn't Want You to See  —  An award-winning ad made for J.C. Penney that the retailer is trying to distance itself from can still be readily found online.  The witty but racy ad, apparently made by Epoch Films for ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi in the vein …
Discussion: and The Stalwart
Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan / Wall Street Journal:
J.C. Penney Faults Fake Ad on YouTube
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gawker
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Your Gmail Suck Too?  —  A few months ago, at the insistence of some of my team members, we switched from Zimbra to Google Apps for our own domain offering.  The argument was that Google's quality of service, thanks to its great infrastructure, would be great and that we could also use Google Docs for easy sharing of information.
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
MacBook Air SuperDrive for all  —  So like me, you have a MacBook Air SuperDrive... It's affordable, it's functional, it's sexy.  If only it was usable with other Macs and PCs!  —  Well rejoice :) I have successfully hacked my MBA SuperDrive to work with other Macs and PCs.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
After Steve Jobs: Handicapping Apple's back bench  —  “You know, I think it wouldn't be a party,” Steve Jobs told Fortune in February, describing the future of his company if, as he put it, Jobs got hit by a bus.  “But there are really capable people at Apple. ...
Gerry / Canonical Blog:
Ubuntu MID Edition 8.04 achieves its first public release  —  We are delighted to be able to welcome Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device (MID) Edition 8.04 to the world as a full developers' release.  It is based on the Ubuntu Desktop Edition, and it is now available for download.
Discussion: CNET and Computerworld
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