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1:20 PM ET, June 19, 2007

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Valleywag:
Speculation: Yahoo's botched coup  —  The Wall Street Journal hears two seemingly contradictory accounts of Terry Semel's departure from the Yahoo chief exec job.  One report: some directors were surprised by the emergency board phonecall, held on Sunday, at which the 64-year-old former studio boss resigned.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Shakeup: Why Now?  Yahoo Execs Talk; Decker: No More Division Heads  —  Note: Full audio of the call can be downloaded from the link below.  —  The analysts/investors' call is underway and Terry Semel is framing that answer as a personal decision as much as a personnel decision …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
To Beat Google, Yahoo Needs To Change The Game
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
Say what? Yang's right as Yahoo's CTO, Semel says
Discussion: Breakout Performance
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Yahoo investors, and others, make noise on the Web
Discussion: Techdirt
Darren Waters / BBC:
YouTube makes international move  —  YouTube has announced international versions of its web video service.  —  The video site, owned by Google, has launched nine versions across Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK.
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
YouTube Launches Nine Country Sites; UK, Brazil, Japan Included  —  At a Paris press conference, YouTube unveiled localized versions for Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Poland, Spain and the UK (Germany is missing).  Initially, the sites get translated homepages, search functions and interfaces.
Bloomberg:
YouTube Starts Local Sites in Brazil, Japan, Europe (Update2)
Discussion: The Utube Blog
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Study: Inkjet printers are filthy, lying thieves  —  A new study says that on average, more than half of the ink from inkjet cartridges is wasted when users toss them in the garbage.  Why is that interesting?  According to the study, users are tossing the cartridges when their printers …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Jawbone Bluetooth Headset to be sold alongside iPhone  —  Aliph on Tuesday announced that its Jawbone Bluetooth Headset will be sold alongside Apple's iPhone at 157 Apple retail stores.  The Jawbone will be available at the Apple Stores on June 29, the same day as the iPhone launch.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AT&T launches $10 DSL it hopes no one signs up for  —  AT&T has quietly begun offering DSL service for $10 per month for new customers.  Offered as part of the concessions the telecom made to the Federal Communications Commission in order to gain approval for its merger with BellSouth …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T quietly offers $10 DSL plan
Microsoft SharePoint Products …:
Community Kit for SharePoint 2.0 Pre-Release announcement  —  About 3 months ago, I pre-announced the kick-off of the Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS) 2.0 effort, and fairly quickly, over 20 volunteers signed up to help.  After just 2 months of work (mostly on nights and weekends) …
Sean / Community Group Therapy:
Customer Service Hell!!  T-Mobile...Hot Spot?  NOT!!!  —  "Stick Together"  —  The Irony is coming - read on!!  —  I can't believe it!!!  Over the past few months I've launched a blog all about the power and value of the customer voice in the web 2.0 world.
David Dreger / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Halo 3 Achievements.  'Nuff said  —  Badass.  We got the Halo 3 Achievements list from the workhorses over at Xbox 360 Achievements.  Man, does it have some interesting morsels.  First off, 9 missions in the campaign?  Check.  One Skull to be found per mission each mission?
Discussion: Kotaku and digg
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Press Day 2007  —  Today (from 10:00 - 16.20 CET) Google is holding their press day event in Paris.  Marissa Mayer, Eric Schmidt, Urs Hölzle as well as the YouTube founders will be there, and there may be some product announcements.  I'm in Paris and will be live-blogging the event for you here.
iDefense Public Vulnerability Disclosures:
Cerulean Studios Trillian UTF-8 Word Wrap Heap Overflow Vulnerability  —  I. BACKGROUND  —  Trillian is a multi-protocol chat application that supports IRC, ICQ, AIM and MSN protocols.  More information can be found on the vendor's site at the following URL.  —  II. DESCRIPTION
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft sues Immersion over Sony agreement  —  Microsoft filed suit against Immersion Corp. today, and while legal disputes aren't out of the ordinary for the Redmond company, this one is unusual — apparently hinging on a disagreement over the meaning of the word "settlement."
Variety:
HBO's digital shifts  —  Top execs leaving after consolidation  —  Several of HBO's top digital execs have ankled as the company is consolidating operations in its New York headquarters under its new leadership.  —  Digital initiatives prexy Jim Moloshok, business development VP John Penney …
Business Wire:
Microsoft Enhances Virtual Earth Product in Great Britain With High-Resolution 3-D Height Data From Intermap Technologies  —  Update Delivers a More Seamless and Accurate 3-D Experience  —  REDMOND, Wash. & DENVER—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Microsoft Corp. and Intermap Technologies Corp. today announced …
Discussion: WebProNews and Search Engine Land
Opera:
Opera Mini 4 beta now available  —  Opera Software today released Opera Mini 4 beta, codenamed Dimension, the much-awaited sneak preview of the newest version of Opera's pioneering Web browser for all mobile phones.  Opera Mini 4 beta is a complete redesign of the world's most popular mobile Web browser.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Court Protects Email from Secret Government Searches  —  Landmark Ruling Gives Email Same Constitutional Protections as Phone Calls  —  San Francisco - The government must have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by email service providers …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 1: Why not to do a startup  —  In this series of posts I will walk through some of my accumulated knowledge and experience in building high-tech startups.  —  My specific experience is from three companies I have co-founded: Netscape …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Feds Need A Warrant To Search Email  —  Remember just last week we were looking at a court case that was trying to work out whether social networking messages were more private than email?  Well, now a federal appeals court has strengthened the privacy of good old email as well.
Discussion: Threat Level and Identity Woman
Joshua Zumbrun / Washington Post:
Small-Screen 'Prom Queen' Clicks With Online Audience  —  Whenever the season finale of a show has guns, pills, a crazy assistant principal, at least one knife and an auditorium full of improbably attractive teenagers in prom gowns and tuxes, you know it's going to be "good," at least in the sense that …
Discussion: Daily Feed
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia announces vast national broadband plan  —  Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday announced a 2.0 billion dollar (1.68 billion US) plan to provide fast and affordable Internet access across the vast country.  —  Howard said Optus, the Australian offshoot of Singapore telco Singtel …
 
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