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9:20 AM ET, May 6, 2008

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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Why Yahoo Shares Lost Only 15%  —  The bottom didn't fall out of the stock after Microsoft yanked its bid.  One reason, says CEO Yang: “We have more alternatives” than before the offer  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  —  When Microsoft (MSFT) pulled its sweetened, $33-a-share offer …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google, From Stirrer to Spoiler, Ends Microsoft's Yahoo Search  —  Microsoft and Yahoo were pushed to the brink of a multibillion-dollar marriage and then to a sudden breakup this weekend by the same player.  —  It was Google, in the odd dual role of both unwitting matchmaker and self-interested spoiler.
Discussion: The Register
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Declining Value Of Redundant News Content On The Web
Discussion: broadstuff
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Tumbling House Of Cards
Vodafone:
Vodafone to Offer Apple's iPhone in Ten Markets  —  Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe.  Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhones for Vodafone: Apple's biggest deal yet  —  Having lost the bidding war to carry the iPhone in its home market to O2, UK-based Vodafone (VOD) got its revenge Tuesday.  The news came in a terse, two-sentence press release: … This is a big deal.  Vodafone (VOD) is the world's second …
Discussion: MacRumors and Mobile Entertainment
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Apple forced into iPhone contracts U-turn
Discussion: iLounge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
We Lost A Blogging Giant Today: Duncan Riley Leaves TechCrunch  —  Today was Duncan Riley's last day at TechCrunch, and he will be greatly missed.  —  Duncan joined us exactly one year ago and was our most prolific writer, covering tech and startup news seven days a week.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Signing Off, And What Does A TechCrunch Writer Actually Use?  —  This is my last post at TechCrunch as a full time writer (I may yet do the occasional guest post).  It's exactly 12 months to the day since I started writing here and the date seemed like a good time to go.
Discussion: Profy.Com
Matt Craven / The Blog Herald:
Podcast 2008.2: An exclusive interview with Duncan Riley on his exit from TechCrunch
Discussion: WinExtra and ProBlogger Blog Tips
Jenna Bilotta / Official Google Reader Blog:
Share anything.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  —  Have you ever wanted to share something that you were reading, but you didn't want to go through the hassle of subscribing to a whole feed for a single interesting article?  And what about sharing content from sites with no feeds?
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google Reader sharing = kind of lame
Discussion: Technovia and WinBeta
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Google's PR Head Elliot Schrage Heads to Facebook  —  The Googlefication of Facebook continues, as Elliot Schrage, the search giant's vice president of global communications and public affairs, takes the title of vice president of communications and public policy at the popular social networking site.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg Hires Another VP From Google: Elliot Schrage
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and Startup Dunia
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Elliot Schrage, Google's top flack, interviewing at Facebook
Discussion: BoomTown and WebGuild
Yahoo! Search Blog:
A Safer Way to Search  —  Today, we're announcing the beta release of SearchScan, a new feature from Yahoo! Search that helps protect users from viruses, spyware and spam.  We've heard from users that security and privacy continue to be major concerns when they are online.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Flag Malware Sites In Search Results  —  Tomorrow Yahoo will launch a partnership with McAfee and will integrate their Site Advisor malware scanning product into Yahoo search.  —  The most dangerous websites are simply being removed from search results.
Discussion: eWeek and CNET News.com
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Free Wi-Fi, but Not for All  —  The battle between free and paid wireless Internet access is starting to look like a draw.  Or more accurately, a third variation is winning — a combination of the two.  —  Travelers want to log on everywhere at no charge, while hotels …
Mark / dive into mark:
The day the music died  —  This is a letter I sent to my father to explain what it means that Microsoft is pulling support for MSN Music.  Tech issues like this often bubble up into the media that he reads, but they are rarely explained well.  My father assumes I have an opinion on such stories, and he is rarely wrong.
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Live in London: ‘HTC Touch Diamond’ announcement  —  Doug Aamoth here in London at the HTC announcement.  Hit the jump for more.  —  VIDEOS TOO!  —  12:00 - Peter Chow takes the stage.  Introduces a guy from Orange and a guy from Microsoft.  Talks about the HTC Touch and the TouchFLO interface.
Marty Graham / Wired News:
Monster.com Founder Starts Social Networking Site for the Dead  —  Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor helped you find a job, and helped ease you into middle age.  Now he wants to help you build the last web page you'll ever need.  —  Tributes.com is scheduled for a soft launch in June.
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
More Displays.  More 3D.  More to Love: VMware Fusion 2.0 Public Beta 1 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1.  —  This public beta, a free download, boasts a handful of industry firsts for Mac virtualization, including true multi-display support …
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Punked! Buzznet Acquires Absolute Punk
BBC:
Free satellite TV service begins
Discussion: p2pnet
Microsoft:
Zune Expands Beyond Music to Deliver Integrated All-in-One Entertainment Experience
Discussion: Engadget and SlashGear
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
That Didn't Take Long: Verizon Wireless Trying To Get Out Of Open …
Discussion: WinExtra and DSLreports
Chicago Tribune:
Motorola shareholders' questions still unanswered
Discussion: The Register and mocoNews.net
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
At Rearden Commerce, Addiction is Job One ($100 Million Round …
Virtual Earth,An Evangelist's Blog:
Twisney  —  Here's a unique mashup - Twisney - Virtual Earth …
Discussion: LiveSide
Ryan Stewart:
Unhelpful Rhetoric and Adobe's Place in the Open Web
Discussion: Asa Dotzler and Open at Adobe
 Earlier Items: 
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Zune Spring Update Version 2.5 - the info
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What To Do With Failed Startup IP?
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Zune Eases Sharing To Close iPod Gap
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
How Much Is Linden Lab Making From Second Life, Anyway?
Discussion: Second Life Pros
IEBlog:
IE and Windows XP Service Pack 3
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
The iPhone Gets Its Own Photo Sharing Site
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Allen & Co. Pitching LinkedIn At $1 Billion
Jordan Golson / Gizmodo:
New Boston Apple Store Largest In the World
Discussion: MacUser, Tech Blog and MacDailyNews