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3:55 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  —  After vowing repeatedly to go through with its search advertising deal with Yahoo no matter what the Justice Department does, Google reversed course today and pulled the plug on the deal.  Chief legal counsel David Drummond writes:
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Walks Away From Yahoo Ad Partnership
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 …
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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
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft offers startups software and cloud services for (almost) free
Discussion: CloudAve and Port 25
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.
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 and The Open Road
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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
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 …
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 …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple readying software patch for quirky MacBook trackpads
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
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: CNET News and Zero Day
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, DVICE and iPhone Buzz
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 six percent in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Propelled by Internet, Barack Obama Wins Presidency
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple delays entry MacBook Air untill after Thanksgiving
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Filing reveals Apple employment boom
Discussion: CNET News and The Apple Core
CNBC.com:
Inside Google's ‘Unofficial’ Hiring Freeze
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Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful
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