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10:35 AM ET, November 7, 2008

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Alex Serpo / CNET News:
Ballmer rules out new bid for Yahoo  —  SYDNEY—Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Friday that Microsoft is “not interested” in making a new offer for internet company Yahoo, despite Yahoo's share price currently sitting at less than half what Microsoft initially offered.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ballmer: We're not interested in Yahoo anymore  —  Updated: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the software giant has no intention of making a new offer for Yahoo-even though the Internet company is on sale relative to its first offer.  —  Via ZDNet Australia (Techmeme)
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au, WebProNews and Inquirer
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Meet the Internet's Human Pinata: Jerry Yang  —  Well, this was certainly predictable-the mindless piling on of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang now taking place in the blogosphere, in the wake of yet another setback for the troubled Internet company.  —  This time, it comes after the collapse of the search advertising deal with Google yesterday.
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
If AOL Is Amherst and Yahoo Is Yale, Why Aren't They Giving …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Rodney Gedda / Techworld:
Microsoft ‘interested’ in open source browser: Ballmer  —  Browser extensions likely to attract proprietary development  —  Microsoft has given its most ringing endorsement of open source Web browsers to date with chief executive officer Steve Ballmer not ruling out adopting such technology …
Discussion: TechCrunch, WinExtra, OSNews and Slashdot
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AppleInsider:
Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer  —  Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was “interesting” and added “we may look at that.”
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft?  IE?  WebKit?  Don't count on it  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's developer powwow is getting some attention on what was almost a throwaway sentence.  Ballmer said Microsoft may look at WebKit, the browser rendering engine in the Safari and Chrome.
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and CNET News
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Dell Inspiron Mini 12 Arrives: Sleek but Slow  —  This morning the stork dropped off one of the most highly-anticipated netbooks of the year.  Everyone wanted to see and touch the Inspiron Mini 12 because it's the first netbook with a 12-inch display.  How good was the keyboard?  How bright was the display?
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Tries to Steal Verizon Deal From Google  —  Microsoft Corp., capitalizing on Google Inc.'s regulatory snarl, is working to steal a deal with Verizon Wireless away from its rival.  —  Microsoft has gotten the mobile carrier's attention by offering a sweeter deal to put its search service …
Tech-On! : tech news:
‘Mobile Phones Will Shoot Full HD Video in 2012,’ Ericsson Says  —  Ericsson AB of Sweden revealed its efforts in the mobile broadband market at a press conference Nov 6, 2008.  —  In the area of mobile communications, innovative technologies such as “HSPA evolution,” which is the successor to HSPA …
John Oates / The Register:
Bloggers getting bigger and messier  —  But not in the way you think...  Blog front pages are now large pages of images and scripts rather than the pared-down text pages of old.  —  The average-sized front page is 934KB and 35 per cent are over 1MB, according to researchers who looked at Technorati's top 100 blogs.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft aims Windows 7 for 2009 holiday season  —  LOS ANGELES—In a technical session on Thursday afternoon, Microsoft provided the clearest public indication that it is planning on getting Windows 7 completed in time to run on PCs that ship for next year's holiday buying season.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
iPhone tops business rankings, steals Nokia market share  —  Often labeled the outsider in the corporate world, Apple's iPhone has already reached the top of J.D. Power's satisfaction ranks for business smartphones — and is simultaneously the second-largest smartphone maker in the world.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone passes RIM, gains on Nokia
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
iSkoot gets $19M warchest to launch Web services platform for AT&T  —  ISkoot, the company that lets you make Skype Internet calls from your mobile phone, has raised $19 million in a third round of venture capital to build an ambitious mobile platform for AT&T.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Downturn-Busting Venture Round For iSkoot: $19 Million
Discussion: PE Hub News and Startup Meme
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Adknowledge On Acquisition Spree, Buys Lookery's Advertising Business  —  After announcing the acquisition of Adonomics earlier this week, online advertising company Adknowledge lets us know that they've bought Lookery's ad serving business to be integrated into its other daughter company, Cubics (which it acquired in December 2007).
Discussion: PE Hub News and paidContent.org
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Social Advertising / Cubics Publisher Blog:
Adknowledge Acquires Lookery Ads
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Revamping Forums, Changes Look Good  —  Google just announced that it is relaunching its Google Help Forums and we believe the changes are likely to be extended to all Google Groups forums in the future.  The new forums include some great new features and utilize the new Google Profiles extensively.
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Katina Johnson / The Official Google Blog:   New Google Help Forums
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
MySpace could develop digital music player  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - MySpace, the popular online social network owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, could develop a digital music player in the future, pitting it against Apple Inc's hot-selling iPod.  —  But there are no immediate plans …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
LiveBlogging MySpace's Chris DeWolfe And Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream  —  FriendFeed quietly rolled out a pretty cool new feature tonight.  Now, when you update a service that has location information included in it, such as Brightkite, a Google Map image of your location will be placed below the update.
Discussion: Mashable! and All Points Blog
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors  —  SAN FRANCISCO—John Battelle, CEO of Federated Media, decided to have a little bit of speculative fun onstage Thursday with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the Web 2.0 Summit.  It's the sort of “speculative fun” …
Discussion: CostPerNews and Contentinople
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Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
Battered, but not broken: understanding the WPA crack  —  Finding a slim vector  —  Academic researchers have found an exploitable hole in a popular form of wireless networking encryption.  The hole is in a part of 802.11i that forms the basis of WiFi Protected Access (WPA), so it could affect routers worldwide.
 
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