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1:05 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?  —  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.
US Department of Justice:
Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. Abandon Their Advertising Agreement  —  Resolves Justice Department's Antitrust Concerns, Competition Is Preserved in Markets for Internet Search Advertising  —  WASHINGTON — Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. abandoned their advertising agreement after the Department …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: GOOGLE WITHDRAWING FROM YAHOO DEAL; Not Worth The Legal Fight
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pulls The Plug On Yahoo Advertising Deal
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Walks Away From Yahoo Ad Partnership
Discussion: Bits and Search Engine Land
Associated Press:
Google pulls out of Yahoo advertising partnership
Discussion: Techland and The Tech Report
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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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's BizSpark initiative offers free servers and software to startups
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft launches BizSpark program for startups
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft offers startups software and cloud services for (almost) free
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft offers free software for start-ups
Discussion: TechFlash and Technology Live
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Eye on Future, Microsoft Offer Startups Freebies
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Microsoft
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.
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Online Meltdown Update: AOL Ads Down Six Percent in Third Quarter  —  More fuel for the online advertising pessimists among you: Advertising revenues at AOL dropped 6% in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage 2% advertising growth …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's ad revenue takes a hit
Discussion: TechCrunch and Business Wire
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.
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Blackberry Bold, the ‘Buick of Smartphones’
Discussion: Datamation and All Things Digital
Arn / MacRumors:
Software Fix for MacBook Pro Trackpad Issue “Coming Soon”  —  Earlier this week, a number of complaints emerged about a trackpad issue found on the new MacBook Pros.  PCPro.co.uk relays one customer's experience: … The problem even drew the attention of Apple according to one blogger …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, 9 to 5 Mac, PC Pro and TUAW
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple readying software patch for quirky MacBook trackpads
Discussion: Gizmodo
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
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 …
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations  —  You know how the situation - you're on a meeting or talking to someone whom you don't particulary like and you would die for an interruption.  Usaully nothing happens and you're stuck in a conversation/meeting pretending to listen.
Discussion: AppScout and mobilesyrup.com
Canon USA:
CANON'S NEW XH A1S and XH G1S CAMCORDERS PROVIDE GREATER CONTROL AND OPERATION FOR VIDEOGRAPHERS  —  Enhanced Image Quality, Improved Operability Serve the Needs of Event Video and Documentary Filmmaking  —  Building on the success of the XH A1 and XH G1 High Definition (HD) camcorders …
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget HD and I4U News
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Filing reveals Apple employment boom
Discussion: The Apple Core
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
John Ozimek / The Register:
Is the internet going down down under?  —  It's the end of the net as we know it
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner: Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost Us More Than $100 Million
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Careful what you say on Twitter - delete option removed? (updated)
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Borrell: Banner advertising the big loser in '09 online ad decline
Discussion: Zero Percent Idle
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First
 

 
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