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11:35 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.
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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  —  Twitter accepted some money from Spark Capital and Jeff Bezos.  The latter is interested because long ago I wrote that Twitter was far more of an e-commerce play than an ad play... but given the $150B US / $500B global advertising market …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
Associated Press:
Charter Won't Track Customers' Web Use  —  ST. LOUIS (AP) — Charter Communications is dropping plans to track the Web use of some high-speed Internet subscribers, citing concerns raised by customers, the company said Tuesday.  —  In May, Charter, which is based in St. Louis …
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Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Cable Operator Backs Off Plan to Monitor Internet Use
Discussion: Techdirt
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Announcing the “Internet for Everyone” campaign  —  Today Google joined a national initiative of public interest, civic and industry groups to help launch the Internet for Everyone campaign, whose goal is to make ubiquitous and open broadband access for every American a priority in the next administration.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digital politics: The future is broadband, not Facebook
Discussion: Beet.TV
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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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 …
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.
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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
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.
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
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. ...
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Twellow: The People Search That Twitter Should've Built  —  Twellow is a great new search tool and directory for discovering Twitter users that could fundamentally change the way people use the microblogging service.  —  Launched by the same people behind the tech news site WebProNews …
Discussion: David Risley
 
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Suit accuses Google of trade secret theft
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Judge Tells Microsoft, Make System Documents Public
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