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12:15 PM 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
Jimmy Pitaro / Yodel Anecdotal:
Listen up, (college) sports fans ...
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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Sydney Morning Herald:
'Blog', 'cookie', 'wiki' top list of hated Internet words: poll  —  "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.  —  Topping the list of words most likely to make web users …
Discussion: WebProNews
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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kurthanson.com:
From Wanda Atkinson, 3WK GM  —  "I'm writing liners in preparation for the day of silence and would like to start running one immediately.  —  "The big question: does SaveNetRadio.org have the bandwidth to handle June 26?  —  "We're considering picking 3 - 5 songs relevant to the subject …
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.
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Between the Lines:   YFace: Yahoo's missing piece
Brendan Sinclair / GameSpot:
Sony, Nintendo forbid AO-rated Manhunt 2  —  Console-makers confirm policies preventing licensed third parties from releasing Adults Only games on their systems, effectively banning the Rockstar title.  —  When Take-Two Interactive yesterday confirmed that the Entertainment Software Rating Board handed …
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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
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 …
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 …
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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: Engadget and GamesIndustry.biz
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Reuters:
Sony sees 380 new PS3 software titles in 2007/08
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
Ricky Cadden / Symbian-Guru.com:
New N95 Firmware Coming  —  Seems everything's getting a nice little refresh lately, with the N73 and N80, and now I've gotten these screenshots showing the N95 with a fresh firmware (dated yesterday, no less!)  I didn't get an official changelog (what's up with those NEVER being available?) but I did get these three screenshots.
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
Short Descriptions Now Live  —  Ad descriptions longer than 70 characters on Yahoo! in the U.S. will now be cut off  —  Starting today, ads that appear in U.S. Yahoo! Search results with descriptions longer than 70 characters will be cut off ("truncated") at the nearest complete word, followed by an ellipsis.
Vince Veneziani / CrunchGear:
The Pirate Bay Launches Image Hosting  —  Us pirates know that The Pirate Bay team has been working on several new projects, with one of them becoming a competitor to YouTube.  For now though, we've been blessed with BayImg, a unique image hosting service from TPB.
 
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Web Spend, Broadband Access, China Users - Research Shows All Going Up!
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Reuters:
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Discussion: Inquirer
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Discussion: Tech[dot]Blog
USA Today:
Tech blogs go from hobbies to businesses
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