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5:25 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.
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 the future of mobile free  —  Foundation to be established to provide royalty-free open platform and accelerate innovation  —  London, UK - Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced today their intent to unite Symbian OS …
Nokia to acquire Symbian Limited to enable evolution of the leading …
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 …
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.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014  —  Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.  —  In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services …
Discussion: TechSpot
Microsoft denies Windows XP a last-minute reprieve
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.
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Testers give Microsoft's Entity Framework a no-confidence vote  —  A number of testers who've been dabbing with the first version of Microsoft's ADO.Net Entity Framework are unhappy with the direction Microsoft has taken with the technology — so much so that they've created a “no confidence vote” petition to make their gripes public.
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
Tim Mallalieu / Tim Mallalieu's Blog.:
Vote of No Confidence  —  It's been a long, long time since …
Discussion: Julie Lerman Blog
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Recording Industry Calls Radio ‘A Kind Of Piracy’  —  It would appear that the recording industry now likes to call any sort of business model it doesn't like “piracy.”  At least that's the only explanation I can come up with in its latest battle, where it has referred to traditional radio as “a form of piracy.”
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Recording Industry Decries AM-FM Broadcasting as ‘A Form of Piracy’
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. ...
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacDailyNews
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.
Ray Pellecchia / NYSE:
New York Stock Exchange Today Launches NYSE Realtime Stock Prices  —  The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), a subsidiary of NYSE Euronext (NYX), today will introduce NYSE Realtime Stock Prices, a new data product that enables Internet and media organizations to buy real-time …
Yahoo-Google Deal Runs Into Resistance  —  Fear of Higher Prices, Less Competition, Loss of Privacy Among Concerns Raised by Advertisers and Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON ( — Yahoo's agreement with Google for online search ads may be generating some pricing and antitrust worries from advertisers …
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You Carry A Blackberry And Are Paid Hourly, Do You Count Checking …
Discussion: Mobility Site
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft ships free code auditing tools to block SQL injection attacks
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lehman: Another Kind-Of Bullish YouTube Revenue Estimate
Discussion: NewTeeVee and MediaFlect
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