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11:35 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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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) …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Buying a High School and College Sports Network
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jimmy Pitaro / Yodel Anecdotal:
Listen up, (college) sports fans ...
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Two Top Google Engineers Leave Google
Discussion: Threadwatch.org
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Internet radio to go silent on June 26?  —  If you depend on the sounds of Internet radio to get you through your workday, don't be surprised if your headphones pipe out little more than dead air next Tuesday.  —  In protest of the elevated royalty fees Webcasters are poised to begin owing …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Danal, another mobile payments company, launches  —  Danal, a company that wants to let young people use cellphones to make payments without owning a credit card, is about to launch in the U.S. with a separate subsidiary, according to the WSJ.  —  It lets you buy downloadable music or other digital goods …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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Rebecca Buckman / Wall Street Journal:   Just Charge It — to Your Cellphone  —  A Korean company little-known …
CyberOrg:
Compiz-Fusion arrives  —  A new merged community around Compiz project would be known as Compiz-Fusion, details of the announcement here on Compiz Mailing List.  —  It is not just a new name, quitely behind the scenes developers have been working hard and have come up with some stunning enhancements.
Discussion: digg
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lists.freedesktop.org Mailing Lists:
[compiz] CompComm has a real name!
Discussion: Ars Technica
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: GamesIndustry.biz and Engadget
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Reuters:
Sony sees 380 new PS3 software titles in 2007/08
Discussion: DailyTech
Agence France Presse:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll  —  LONDON (AFP) - "Blog", "netiquette", "cookie" and "wiki" have been voted among the most irritating words spawned by the Internet, according to the results of a poll published Thursday.  — EU body to expand Web search probe, write to Google
Discussion: Webomatica and The Blog Herald
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Who should buy Yahoo?  Handicapping 5 likely suitors  —  At least Yahoo can't complain this week about Google grabbing all the headlines.  —  While Google has been dishing out the usual morsels of news - tweaks to Google Video, YouTube and Google Office - everyone else can't stop talking about Yahoo.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google says Vista search changes not enough  —  As we reported yesterday, Microsoft's "capitulation" to Google's antitrust complaint isn't as much a capitulation as the mainstream media was reporting.  We inspected Microsoft's joint filing and found that Microsoft is not going to allow …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
SiteFinder redux?  Verizon tests DNS redirect service  —  Verizon has begun to use URL redirection services in some markets to "help" users when they mistype URLs.  The service, called "Advanced Web Search," will provide a listing of links that may be relevant to what the user was trying …
BBC:
Banned video game is 'fine art'  —  The US publishers of a video game banned in the UK and Ireland have described it as a "fine piece of art".  —  Take Two chairman Strauss Zelnick said the game had his full support and that consumers should decide for themselves.
Discussion: Kotaku
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Web Spend, Broadband Access, China Users - Research Shows All Going Up!  —  If I had a nickel for every internet study released, I'd be [a rich man] able to afford an extra shot of espresso in my coffee.  Reuters has details of a new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Entertainment and Media Outlook …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
Social Nets Sit on Goldmine of Behavioral Data, Says Jupiter  —  Social networking sites are fertile ground for behavioral targeting, but publisher concern about privacy invasion is limiting growth, a JupiterResearch analyst said today.  —  Discussing JupiterResearch's U.S. Online Advertising Forecast …
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Clickety Clack
 
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Reuters:
Hoarding old mobile phones slows EU recycle drive
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
AT&T preps landlords for iPhone campers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Tip of the hat, wag of the finger
ZDNet:
MOBILE DEVICES TOOLKIT
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Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The Pirate Bay Launches Image Hosting
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Jim Duffy / Computerworld:
Verizon CEO: Pressure is on AT&T, Apple over iPhone
Discussion: dslreports.com
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New N95 Firmware Coming
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Apple Suck-Up Watch
Aswath Weblog:
If I were Jajah ...  Andy Abramson points out that Jajah …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile@Home launch extravaganza continues
USA Today:
Tech blogs go from hobbies to businesses
Marco / Consumerist:
Concessions: AT&T Giving Consumers The Runaround Over Secret $10 DSL
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
The Pmarca Guide to Big Companies, part 1: Turnaround!
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Learning From Microsoft's Error, Google Builds a Lobbying Engine