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10:55 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, Inquirer and WebProNews
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
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Steve Ballmer: Another Yahoo Bid? No Way.
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
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and CNET News
Sara Silver / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Overtakes Motorola In the U.S.  —  Samsung Electronics Co. overtook Motorola Inc. as the leading vendor of handsets in the U.S. for the first time in the third quarter, according to data from Strategy Analytics Inc.  —  The South Korean company reached the milestone …
Discussion: Electronista and Technology Live
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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?
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Honda's robotics foray continues: Unveils ‘walking assist device’  —  A bit off topic, but pretty neat nonetheless: Honda has rolled out its second experimental walking device.  The contraption is for folks that can walk, but have trouble supporting their weight.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Online Money Transfer Service iKobo Calls It Quits  —  Atlanta, GA-based iKobo, a company that provides a worldwide online money transfer service, is discontuining its operations, effective immediately.  In an e-mail to its users, the company writes:
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
 
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Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Amazon Building Large Data Center in Oregon
Discussion: TechFlash
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 knows where you are  —  Microsoft program manager …
Discussion: webmonkey and CNET News
Kablenet / The Register:
Ofcom urges government restraint on new broadband
Seth Rosenblatt / Webware.com:
Songbird taxis to the runway
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Why hasn't Digg made any progress? It's worth only $164M now
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
With his own account, Al Gore can finally claim to have invented Twitter too
Discussion: MediaMemo, Mashable! and Chris O'Brien
MetroPCS:
MetroPCS Launches MetroPCS Unlimited NationwideSM
Discussion: PhoneNews.com, Phone Scoop and Crave
Chris Soghoian / CNET News:
Obama appoints lobbyist to head FCC transition, reports say
Discussion: Computerworld and www.redstate.com
Robertjmoore / The Metric System:
“Single?” Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Slashdot and digg.com
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Oh, dear, here come the ‘Facebook to buy Twitter’ rumors
 

 
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