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4:55 PM ET, November 5, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Ending our agreement with Yahoo!  —  In June we announced an advertising agreement with Yahoo! that gave Yahoo! the option of using Google to provide ads on its websites (and its publisher partners' sites) in the U.S. and Canada.  At the same time, both companies agreed to delay implementation …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google calls it quits on the Yahoo ad deal; Will Microsoft enter the picture?  —  Updated: In a move that's not terribly surprising, Google said Wednesday that it is scrapping its search advertising deal with Yahoo.  Google's decision puts Yahoo's search business back in play and may bring Microsoft back into the picture.
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Termination of Services Agreement by Google  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that Google has terminated the advertising services agreement the companies announced in June.  Yahoo! continues to believe in the benefits …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pulls The Plug On Yahoo Advertising Deal
Discussion: CNET News, Google Watch and Tech Beat
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Sue Decker's Memo to the Yahoo Troops
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Internal Yahoo memo suggests CEO Jerry Yang may be out  —  Here's a rumor (printed below) that we got and which has apparently been making the rounds.  It's important to note that the NYT has since written a story saying that Yahoo has denied the rumor, and that both Yahoo and Microsoft …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Bloomberg and Valleywag
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumors, Rumors All Around, But Not a Drop Correct  —  Inevitably, in the wake of the collapse of the controversial Yahoo-Google search advertising deal, there would come the next shoe to drop-that Microsoft (MSFT) was swooping in with a bid to buy the company and that Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was on his way out on a rail.
DealBook:
Yahoo's Stock Spurts on False Rumors  —  Yahoo's stock jumped as much as 10 percent on Wednesday morning as rumors flew that it was on the verge of reaching a deal with Microsoft.  The rumors, which people close to both companies unequivocally say are not true, seemed to gain legs …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Launches Effort to Spark Startups  —  Microsoft's new BizSpark project is an effort to spur startups and entrepreneurs to use Microsoft technology when launching new companies.  Microsoft is giving away software, services and support to startups earning less than $1 million to help …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Eye on Future, Microsoft Offer Startups Freebies
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple to Pay Departing “Father of iPod” $300,000 Shut-Up Money Annually  —  “Advisor” to Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a killer gig-if you can swing it.  Just ask Tony Fadell.  The now former senior vice president of the company's iPod division will collect an annual salary of $300,000 until March 24 …
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:   What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works  —  CNN's holographic election coverage is fancy pantsy, but how did they manage to send 3D 360 degree footage of virtual correspondent Jessica Yellin from Chicago all the way to the station's election center in NY?  As Arthur C. Clarke says, Magic.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
10 election tweets worth remembering  —  It was a marathon evening for media buffs as Barack Obama beat rival John McCain to become the United States' first African-American president-elect.  You couldn't miss it on Twitter, as the microblogging service exploded with election updates, commentary, and speculation.
Newsweek:
Hackers and Spending Sprees … The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown “foreign entity,” prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.  —  At the Obama headquarters in midsummer …
Discussion: eWeek, CNET News, Zero Day and Computerworld
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
WinHEC: Sinofsky, DeVaan keynotes cover details of Windows 7  —  Microsoft Windows engineering chiefs Steven Sinofsky and Jon DeVaan are set to take the stage at WinHEC in Los Angeles right now to tell hardware makers what they can expect from Windows 7.  You can access their keynote speech live via Web cast here.
Discussion: TechFlash
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Victory Creates Historic Global Demand for Web Content  —  As the world watched the U.S. campaign coverage and the Obama victory speech on computers seven hours ago, demand for news content hit a historic record, according to data from Akamai, the Cambridge, Massachusetts provider …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
OMG! iPhone keyboard!  OMG!  —  This hack adds a third-party mini-keyboard to the iPhone, effectively turning Cupertino's darling into a Compaq iPaq circa 2001.  Does the iPhone really need a keyboard, people?  —  After using the iPhone for a little over a year, I find that the onscreen keyboard is intuitive and useful.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple readying software patch for quirky MacBook trackpads  —  Trackpad issues experienced by users of Apple's new unibody MacBooks and MacBook Pros will be addressed in a forthcoming software update, according to an email response from chief executive Steve Jobs.
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Arn / MacRumors:
Software Fix for MacBook Pro Trackpad Issue “Coming Soon”
Moon Ihlwan / Business Week:
New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?  —  To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics' new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet.  “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices …
Discussion: Electronista and SlashGear
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple delays entry MacBook Air untill after Thanksgiving  —  Apple is apologizing to customers this week who had placed orders for its new entry-level NVIDIA-based MacBook Airs, explaining that due to an unforeseen issue, it's unlikely to deliver those systems until shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Gizmodo
Dan Rayburn / The Business Of Online Video:
Netflix Giving Away 48 Hour Streaming Trials With New XBOX 360 Games  —  Inside the case of the new James Bond XBOX 360 game that came out today is a special insert card that allows you to trial the Netflix streaming service for 48 hours.  While the trial won't officially kick off until later …
Discussion: last100 and Joystiq
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Another Report On iPhone Production Cuts  —  For the second day in a row, there is a report on Apple (AAPL) cutting iPhone production.  —  Yesterday, Craig Berger of Friedman Billings Ramsey said December quarter iPhone production was likely to be down 40% from the previous quarter …
 
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs Gasses Up The Gulfstream Again
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Fawn Johnson / MarketWatch:
FCC approves Sprint, Clearwire merger
Discussion: Neowin.net and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Will ultra-wideband high-speed wireless technology ever find its market?
Discussion: EE Times, Electronista and Ars Technica
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
We have lift off: AT&T Fuze demo units hit AT&T stores!
Discussion: IntoMobile
Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Propelled by Internet, Barack Obama Wins Presidency
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Ex-MPAA and IFPI Anti-Piracy Enforcer Shot Dead
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Filing reveals Apple employment boom
Discussion: CNET News and The Apple Core
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and GigaOM
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today
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