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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Acquire Xoopit for About $20 Million  —  Yahoo plans on announcing Thursday that it has bought Xoopit for a price in the $20 million range, according to several sources, one of its first acquisitions in a long while.  —  Reached late this afternoon by BoomTown, a Yahoo (YHOO) …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Why Did Google Let Yahoo Run Off With Xoopit?  —  Yahoo has acquired e-mail startup Xoopit for a reported $20 million according to multiple reports.  The deal, which was first reported to be in the final stages of closing earlier this morning by the Wall Street Journal …
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Zappos.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Zappos.com, Inc. a leader in online apparel and footwear sales that strives to provide shoppers with the best possible service and selection.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Amazon to Acquire Zappos.com for $847 Million
Discussion: Between the Lines
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Exclusive: MySpace Mail Slated To Launch This Week  —  This Thursday, MySpace plans to roll out its own webmail, paidContent has learned from sources familiar with the plans.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). social network, like competitor Facebook, allows messaging—a much-used service …
Gillian Reagan / New York Observer:
How The Times' Home Page Gets Made  —  By most counts, New York Times deputy managing editor Jonathan Landman still considers the front page of the printed newspaper a sacred space, a place where editors and reporters display their best work and uphold the tradition of The Times' quality reporting.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs, Slowly Morphing into Google Drive  —  The new interface of Google Docs, which is slowly rolled out to all users, brings the service one step closer to an online storage service.  The “items by type” menu replaced “PDFs” with “Files”, suggesting that Google Docs will allow users to upload any type of files.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Adknowledge buys Super Rewards, expands to virtual goods advertising  —  Super Rewards, an Web advertising company that offers points or other rewards to Web users who sign up for services, has been acquired by advertising conglomerate Adknowledge.  —  It is one of the largest acquisitions …
Brandon LeBlanc / Windows 7 Team Blog:
Windows 7 Has Been Released to Manufacturing  —  I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM'd!  —  As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs.  What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM.
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Gmail Offers to Automatically Unsubscribe You from Mailing Lists  —  Ever get an email from a legit mailing list but went ahead and marked it as spam anyway because you just don't want it?  Gmail has smartened up to this common behavior, offering to automatically unsubscribe you from certain messages.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Video First Look: BlackBerry Storm 9550 in Action!  —  ** Video Removed as per the Request of the Hockey Lovers in Waterloo.  Give Jim a Team Already and Make it Seven!  —  * update: wow, apologies in the video for flipping around the device so much in my hands.  must have had too much green tea this afternoon.
Amy Clancy / KIRO-TV:
Apple Downplays Fiery iPod Incidents  —  An exclusive KIRO 7 Investigation reveals an alarming number of Apple brand iPod MP3 players have suddenly burst into flames and smoke, injuring people and damaging property.  —  It's an investigation that Apple has apparently been trying to keep out of the public eye.
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press:
AG in SC asks judge to drop Craigslist lawsuit  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina attorney general who has threatened to prosecute Craigslist for prostitution-related ads wants a federal judge to dismiss the company's complaint against him, according to court papers filed this week.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to Power Upcoming E-Reader  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it will provide the 3G data connectivity for Plastic Logic's e-reader when the device becomes available next year.  —  All Things D  —  Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta shows off the company's e-reader at the D conference in May.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Google-Cash-Swapping-Orgy Blimp  —  Google hasn't been shy about sharing its riches with select friends outside the company.  And the number one rule of this tightly-knit group seems to be: spread the love.  Which brings us to 23AndMe's new, very incestuous blimp.
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
What the Heck Is Going on With Apple TV?  —  Apple, during its quarterly earnings call yesterday, didn't bring up its stepchild set-top box, the Apple TV.  For those who follow the video industry, this is more of a predictable disappointment than a shocker.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Synaptics moves to cell phones with 10-finger touch screens  —  The Apple iPhone popularized the multitouch screens that you can swipe with your hands, but the underlying technology came from Synaptics, which supplied the touch-based components that made it possible to control a phone's features …
Chinmei Sung / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Suspends Security Official Following Suicide of IPhone Employee  —  Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract-manufacturer of electronics, suspended a security official at one of its subsidiaries after the death of an employee who lost a prototype of an Apple Inc. iPhone.
Discussion: CNET News, 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and Gearlog
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane  —  There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label.  —  Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing …
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Sam Raimi plays ‘Warcraft’  —  Director signs on for live-action adaptation of vidgame  —  Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”  —  Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Navigon launches MobileNavigator for iPhone, for North America  —  Navigon AG on Wednesday announced the launch of its MobileNavigator software for North America, for the iPhone.  It costs $70 until August 15, when the price rises to $100.  —  MobileNavigator doesn't require …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Letterman Discovers Twitter via Spacey  —  David Letterman was introduced to Twitter via Kevin Spacey on last night's Late Show.  Once Dave got past the concept of typing with his thumbs he was able to characterize Twitter as “a waste of time.”  That's generally how Twitter was characterized …
Discussion: TechFlash, Mashable!, Webbyist and CrunchGear, Thanks:rualthan
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Probably Not The Palm Pre Chart Roger McNamee Wants To See  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” Elevation Partners (which owns a huge portion of Palm) co-founder Roger McNamee told Bloomberg in March.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning Raises $15 Million More at a-Yes, Really-$750 Million Valuation  —  In a quiet fund-raising effort, Ning has raised $15 million more, a round that is valuing the social networking start-up at an eye-popping $750 million valuation.  —  In its last fundraising $60 million round a little …
Leon Erlanger / Computerworld:
The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate  —  InfoWorld - As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more IT jobs.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The State of Wireless Broadband: 225M Subscribers & Growing  —  We all know that in a few years, Long Term Evolution (LTE), the 4G wireless broadband technology being embraced by mobile carriers across the world, is going to rule the airwaves, becoming an important way for us to connect to the Internet.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Bankrate Being Acquired By Apax For $571 Million in Cash; Horrendous Q209 Prelim Numbers  —  Consumer financial information and lead gen service Bankrate (NSDQ: RATE) is being acquired by PE firm Apax Partners, in a deal just announced.  The North Palm Beach, FL-based company is also announcing …
Discussion: Pulse2
Mark Prigg / This Is London:
There's a free music revolution sweeping the capital thanks to a Swedish website.  We listened in  —  AS the world woke up to the news of Michael Jackson's death, across London millions of office workers unwittingly triggered what could be the biggest revolution the music industry has ever seen.
Discussion: mocoNews, Music Ally and Epicenter
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell Drops Adamo Price to Compete with MacBook Air  —  Dell has dropped the prices of their Adamo ultraportables, matching the low-end MacBook Air.  The higher-end Adamo, however, is still more expensive than Apple's top of the line model.  Apocalypse is, no doubt, very near.
Peter Ha / MobileCrunch:
Samsung one ups LG, announces the world's thinnest watchphone, S9110  —  As much as Samsung loves to claim a “world's first” every single day of the week, I know they love to beat LG more than anything.  Today is no different, folks.  Samsung has unveiled an 11.98mm watchphone by the name of S9110.
 
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