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1:20 AM ET, June 25, 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.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft and Yahoo In Talks: Two Sources Say “Search Only, Not Buyout”
CNBC:
Yahoo Shares Leap, but Source Denies Buyout Talks
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Dangerous Stock Dip (Hey, Microsoft, Don't Blow It!)
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.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Amazon.com's Call Option on Twitter
Discussion: Voices
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Full text: An epic Bill Gates e-mail rant  —  Sometimes, software isn't so magical.  Even for Bill Gates.  —  For the opening piece in our series on Gates leaving daily life at Microsoft, one goal was to give a clear picture of the Microsoft co-founder's role inside the company, as a gauge of the impact his departure will have.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Google Ad Planner Getting Its Data From The Google Toolbar?  —  The recent launch of Google Trends for Websites was just a dress rehearsal.  The real product that it is based on is Google Ad Planner, which the company announced today.  Google Ad Planner is built for ad buyers who want to decide where to place their ads.
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Josh / Redeye VC:
The Death of Stealth Mode  —  D Seeing how attacking startup lawyers seems to be en vogue this month, let's put this post in the category of “Things I wish lawyers told their startup clients.”  —  Here's a situation I see all the time:  —  A pre-launch, stealth-mode company just closes a seed round of funding.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Evri Beta Launches: Search Less - Understand More  —  Evri, a Paul Allen backed semantic search engine, is launching into a limited beta tonight.  Evri was first shown publicly at the D6 conference.  Evri's CEO Neil Roseman likes to talk about Evri in terms of organizing content instead of calling it a search engine.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Evri Launches Semantic Content Discovery Engine In Private Beta
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 …
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
First Symbian Foundation handsets due in 2010
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget Mobile
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 …
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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 …
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Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Hidden Sex Scenes Draw Ho-Hum, Except From Lawyers  —  Lawyers who sued the makers of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas profess to be shocked, simply shocked, that few people who bought the game were offended by sex scenes buried in its software.  —  Any buyer upset about hidden sex …
Discussion: Kotaku and CrunchGear
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
About Loren Feldman & Michael Arrington  —  More than once a day, nearly every day, for the last three months I have been asked how I feel about Loren Feldman's sock puppet and seemingly unending shots at me from his Twitter pulpit.  —  My answer is pretty consistent.  I do not like it.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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
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.
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Testing Powerboost Technology - Upstate NY users begin to see the telltale signs...  Comcast's “Powerboost” technology gives cable broadband users an extra boost of bandwidth for the first part of a large download (or upload), more than doubling connection speed for a limited time.
Discussion: Geek News Central
communities.hp.com:
Finding SQL Injection with Scrawlr  —  You have likely been tracking the mass SQL Injections that are currently sweeping through the net.  Just last night I was shopping on www.ihomeaudio.com when I noticed they had been injected (they have since fixed their site).  HP started to observe these attacks in January.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Internet Provider Halts Plan to Track, Sell Users' Surfing Data  —  Charter Communications, the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States, announced yesterday that it has backed off a plan to monitor customers' Internet transmissions.  —  The company had been planning to harvest …
Discussion: CircleID and Techdirt
 
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