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9:00 AM ET, June 20, 2007

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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
News Corp explores swap of MySpace site for Yahoo! stake  —  News Corporation has discussed swapping MySpace, its internet social networking unit, with Yahoo! in return for a 25 per cent stake in the enlarged group.  —  The discussions remain tentative and could collapse after the departure …
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New York Times:
After Shake-Up, What Now for Yahoo?  —  Should Yahoo stop trying to beat Google at its own game?  Should it step up the pace and grow even larger through mergers and acquisitions?  —  As Jerry Yang takes over as Yahoo's chief executive, all eyes are on the next steps that Mr. Yang …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is MySpace Worth $12 billion?  —  It sure as hell might be.  We've gotten independent confirmation of rumors circulating yesterday that discussions between Fox and Yahoo, where Yahoo would effectively buy MySpace for 25% of the stock in the combined entity, have occured.
Discussion: ParisLemon
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Report: News Corp. to trade MySpace for a stake in Yahoo?
Discussion: Breakout Performance
Karen / Official Google Blog:
More sharing  —  We're pleased to announce that we've acquired the assets of Zenter, a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations.  —  You've heard us talk a lot about using the web to improve group collaboration and information sharing.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Enter Zenter, Google Office is now complete  —  Google has snapped up yet another start-up - Zenter, which is building online presentations.  This is yet-another-exit for YCombinator, the madrassa of the Web 2.0 crowd.  In Microsoft world those are known as PowerPoints.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   Google Acquires Zenter; Y Combinator Gets Another Payday
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to modify its Windows Vista operating system in response to a complaint that its computer search function put Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) …
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Sydney Morning Herald:
Microsoft to Change Desktop Search  —  Bowing to pressure from Google Inc. and antitrust regulators, Microsoft Corp. will make it easier for Windows Vista users to pick a non-Microsoft program to search their hard drives.  —  Microsoft will let PC users and manufacturers like Dell Inc. set …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft reaches Vista search compromise (Updated)  —  Bloomberg News and Reuters, quoting anonymous sources, are both reporting that Microsoft has agreed to change Windows Vista to respond to Google's complaint that the operating system's desktop search functionality puts competitors at a disadvantage.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Microsoft Will Alter Vista Operating System
Discussion: TechCrunch and All about Microsoft
Airbus:
Airbus first to receive certification for on-board mobile phone system  —  Airbus is first to receive airworthiness certification for a cell-phone system on board an aircraft.  On 18th June 2007, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Airbus' GSM on-board system.
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Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Europe opens the door to in-flight phoning
Randall Bennett / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Cell phones on a plane!: Airbus gets approval in Europe
Discussion: CrunchGear, zedgeHeadz and Gizmodo
Relaxer / Enemy Territory:
A WORD ABOUT IN-GAME ADS  —  Hi, I'm Neil Postlethwaite, Splash Damage's Managing Director and one of the Producers on Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.  I'd like to talk to you today about the in-game advertising we have in ETQW.  —  For the last four years, we've put all of our effort into making Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and reBang weblog
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Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Quake Wars to sport ads
Discussion: DigitalBattle
Between the Lines:
Zoho sets out to challenge the software world  —  In mapping out the online office suite landscape, Zoho stood out as the most expansive and ambitious undertaking.  Almost every week the company makes an announcement about a new application or feature.  This week Zoho's Web conferencing application …
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Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:   Zoho "challenging the software world"?
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Veoh TV: Turning the Web Into TV  —  Dmitry Shapiro is tired of hearing about Joost, the peer-to-peer Internet TV service launched by the founders of Skype.  "Joost is your old man's TV," sneers Shapiro, the CEO of competing Web video service Veoh.  By that, he means that Joost is merely replicating …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Veoh Launching New Online TV Service; Takes Streams From Content …
Agence France Presse:
SKorean firm sells 3G Google phones in Europe  —  SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's LG Electronics said Wednesday it would sell third-generation (3G) mobile phones in Europe this week, installed with mobile services of the world's top Internet search engine Google.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Kate Holton / Reuters:   Yahoo in global expansion of mobile phone services
PR Newswire:
Huge Growth Occurs In Online Video Use And It's Not All User-Generated Videos  —  LOS ANGELES, June 18 /PRNewswire/ — The results of a national online Magid Media Futures(TM) survey conducted the last week in March of 2007 have just been released, documenting the huge growth in popularity …
Lessig News:
Required Reading: the next 10 years  —  During my keynote at the iCommons iSummit 07, I made an announcement that surprised some, but which, from reports on the web at least, was also not fully understood by some.  So here again is the announcement, with some reasoning behind it.
BBC:
Blackberry ban for French elite  —  French government officials have been ordered not to use handheld Blackberry devices amid fears that foreigners could spy on them, reports say.  —  Workers in the French president's and prime minister's office have been told their e-mails risk falling into foreign hands, Le Monde newspaper reports.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Metroxing / TWO A DAY:
ZDNet Really, Really, Really Hates Apple & the iPhone  —  I understand that journalists want to be cynical and to claim "objectivity."  But when 11 bloggers at ZDNET write over 50+ negative blog posts in a little over a week for a product NOT even out yet?  What is that?  Proof they are smarter than us? ...
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
Strategy Game Pits Players Against Desktop Invasion  —  For every online hit like Second Life, there are hundreds of smaller, Web-based games that make a brief splash and fade into the digital background.  "Desktop Tower Defense," a no-budget game made by a first-time designer, has kept its audience hooked.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Prosper raises $10M to assert lead in person-to-person loans  —  San Francisco's Prospser, which appears to have gained a leadership position in person-to-person lending, has raised $20 million in its third round of financing.  —  Prosper is one of three upstarts in the person-to-person lending market …
Discussion: Mashable! and OpenBusiness
 
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cellular-news:
Monstermob Share Price Slumps on Plans to Delist from Stock Market
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Startups, part 2: When the VCs say "no"
Discussion: MYBLOG by Ouriel
Tech News at TechWhack:
Apple already working on cheaper variants of iPhone?
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and The Raw Feed
Riva Richmond / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Push Mobile Presence With New Software, Asia Pacts
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
4Info surprises with SMS ad results — raises $10M more
Discussion: mocoNews.net and MobileCrunch
Reuters:
AT&T says 40 pct of iPhone inquirers not its clients
Discussion: Ars Technica
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
What kind of man gets two Zune tattoos?
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Travelers Deserve Protection from Baseless Laptop Searches
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Exchange Exchange … TUESDAY, 19 JUNE 2007 … MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2007
François Bancilhon / Mandriva Blog:
We will not go to Canossa  —  Novell, Xandros and Linspire …
Discussion: Jeremy's Blog and digg
BBC:
Censors ban 'brutal' video game
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
AMD considering getting out of fabrication business
Noheat:
Nintendo and Apple to partner on games for iPhone