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4:35 AM ET, June 21, 2007

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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
It's Official: Yahoo Acquires Rivals.com; Not Official But True: It Cost About $100 Million  —  As we were first to report in early April, Yahoo was on the verge of acquiring college sports network Rivals.com.  It took a few months to complete, finally closing after months …
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Associated Press:
HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Thursday.  DO NOT PUBLISH, BROADCAST OR POST ON THE WEB BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) THURSDAY.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It is not the blockbuster that some industry analysts envisioned, but Yahoo Inc. has sealed its first deal under new Chief Executive Jerry Yang.
Discussion: Download Squad and Rev2.org
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Leaked Story: Yahoo Buys Rivals.com  —  Yahoo will announce tomorrow it has bought collegiate sports site Rivals.com.  The news is available due to what seems to be a publishing timing error on an Associated Press story by an Austrian web publication.  —  Yahoo is describing the deal …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buying a High School and College Sports Network  —  Just one day after the management shake-up at Yahoo, the company's board was called on to make a decision that had nothing to do with the resignation of Terry S. Semel as chief executive or the appointment of the co-founder Jerry Yang to succeed him.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Acquires Rivals for $100 million
Channel Register:
Apple buyout rumours circulate as iPhone launch nears  —  Can St. Steve move up a plane?  —  Scepticism about the launch of the Apple iPhone is growing, and it isn't helping the Apple share price.  What a coincidence that exactly as things get tougher in the stock market …
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Kent German / CNET News.com:   Apple, AT&T stores could change hours on iPhone day
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AT&T iPhone launch deets: crowd control
Stephanie Kang / Wall Street Journal:
MySpace's Brad Greenspan to Seek Dow Jones Stake Via Dutch Auction  —  The former chief executive of the parent company of social-networking site MySpace says he will seek a non-controlling stake in Dow Jones & Co. through a $60-per-share "Dutch auction."  —  An investment group led …
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Sarah Ellison / Wall Street Journal:
Dow Jones Board Takes Over Talks on Future of Company  —  Dow Jones & Co.'s board of directors, frustrated with the pace of the Bancroft family's negotiations with News Corp., said it would take over talks on the future of the company.  —  The move, approved by the the four board members affiliated …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Uncensored Free Image Hosting From The Pirate Bay  —  Well known and often controversial BitTorrent tracking site The Pirate Bay has launched BayImg, an uncensored free image hosting service.  —  The Pirate Bay has previously been private beta testing a video hosting site which is yet to launch.
Discussion: Inquirer
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Image Hosting
Discussion: Slyck, Mashable! and digg
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Digg overtakes Facebook; Both cross 20 million U.S. Unique Visitors  —  The first time I wrote about YouTube, it had just crossed 20 million visitors in the U.S. Just 4 days after my post, YouTube was scooped up by Google for $1.65B in Google stock.  At today's stock price, the deal is worth over $2B.
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Digg Overtakes Facebook with 1400% Growth, 22.6 Million Uniques
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Susan Wu / TechCrunch:
Virtual Goods: the next big business model  —  This guest post is written by Susan Wu, a Principal with Charles River Ventures, where she focuses on digital media, software, and infrastructure.  Susan is coproducing the Virtual Goods Summit this Friday at Stanford University - most of the companies mentioned below will be presenting.
Aftenposten:
Opera Software boss hangs on to control  —  The founder of one of Norway's most successful high-tech firms, Opera Software, reportedly hung on to his power over the firm by firing Opera's board of directors before they could fire him.  —  Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported on Tuesday …
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 1: Turnaround!  —  So you've been hired/promoted/brought out of retirement to become CEO of and turn around your NASDAQ/NYSE/LSE-listed 5,000+ employee software/semiconductor/media company that's recently been getting trounced by competitors …
Anjali Athavaley / Wall Street Journal:
A Job Interview You Don't Have to Show Up For  —  Microsoft, Verizon, Others Use  —  Virtual Worlds to Recruit;  —  Dressing Avatars for Success  —  It's now possible to meet with recruiters without actually showing up for a job interview.  —  Some employers are experimenting with Second Life …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
NAA Mid-Year Review: CareerBuilder Hopes McClatchy Remains, But Pullout Would Have Little Impact  —  Taking the podium Wednesday afternoon at the Newspaper Association of America's Mid-Year Review, Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder's CEO, didn't have much to say about McClatchy's earlier musings regarding …
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Learning From Microsoft's Error, Google Builds a Lobbying Engine  —  When it comes to lobbying, Google does not intend to repeat the mistake that its rival Microsoft made a decade ago.  —  Microsoft was so disdainful of the federal government back then that it had almost no presence in Washington.
 
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USA Today:
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Joe Hutsko / New York Times:
If You Like the Safari Browser for the iPhone, You'll Love Opera Mini for Cellphones
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Discussion: Practical Blogging and digg
 Earlier Items: 
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Operating systems are old and busted
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Ars Technica WWDC Video Roundup
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Wesabe Is More Than A "Personal" Financial Service
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV with YouTube: v1.1 update hands-on
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Pistols at Dawn: Ryan Block Now on TechCrunch20 Panel of Experts
Dan Warne / APC:
Don't wait for Vista SP1, pleads Microsoft
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge deals blow to RIAA, says students can respond to John Doe lawsuit