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8:20 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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PR Newswire:
Yahoo! Announces Agreement to Acquire Rivals.com, a Leading College Online Sports Site  —  Acquisition Expands the Editorial and Community Offerings of Yahoo! Sports  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 21, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) …
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  DO NOT PUBLISH, BROADCAST OR POST ON THE WEB BEFORE 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) THURSDAY.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: Rev2.org and Download Squad
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
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Leaked Story: Yahoo Buys Rivals.com
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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AT&T iPhone launch deets: crowd control
Kent German / CNET News.com:   Apple, AT&T stores could change hours on iPhone day
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Simple Spark: A Catalog Of Web Applications  —  New York based Simple Spark aims to make finding web applications easy through an extensive catalog of online application sites.  —  Over 3000 web applications are tracked and categorized with screenshots, icons, feeds, reviews and concise summaries.
Discussion: Tech[dot]Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Launches Uncensored Image Hosting  —  ImgBay is one of the many side-projects The Pirate Bay is working on at the moment.  Last month we found out that the Pirate Bay has plans to compete with YouTube, and now it seems that they also want to take on image hosting services.
Discussion: Mashable!, Slyck and digg
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Uncensored Free Image Hosting From The Pirate Bay
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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.
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.
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Two top Google engineers leave — to Benchmark Capital  —  Two more high-level Google engineers have left the Googleplex — this time to join well-known venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.  —  Bret Taylor (left) and Jim Norris (right), two of the masterminds behind Google Maps and several …
Discussion: ben barren
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
RIAA Ex Parte Discovery Application Against University of New Mexico Denied!!!  —  The RIAA's ex parte motion to compel the University of New Mexico to disclose the identities of its students has been denied, in the District Court of New Mexico, by Magistrate Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia, in Capitol v. Does 1-16.
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
CEO: Sony is shifting to recovery mode  —  TOKYO - Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer promised Thursday to shift the struggling electronics giant from recovery to growth and to make the PlayStation 3 a profit driver despite its bungled rollout.  —  But investors at the company's annual shareholder meeting …
Discussion: Engadget
Marco / Consumerist:
Concessions: AT&T Giving Consumers The Runaround Over Secret $10 DSL  —  AT&T Giving Consumers The Runaround Over Secret $10 DSL  —  AT&T is required to offer a $10 DSL option to those consumers who are in AT&T's 22 state coverage area and who have not previously subscribed to AT&T DSL.
Discussion: Geek News Central and digg
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
10 Techniques I Used To Go From 0 To 12,000 RSS Subscribers In Seven Months - With No Ads Or Leverage  —  The following guest post has been submitted by Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar  —  Hopefully, that title got your attention a little bit, but it's true.  I launched The Simple Dollar at the very end of October 2006.
Discussion: Practical Blogging and digg
 
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