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10:30 AM ET, June 14, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Not Bluffing  —  Look, it might be the biggest poker bluff in history and analysts are once again chattering that Yahoo's ad outsourcing deal with Google might force Microsoft back to make another offer for the Internet portal.  —  Sorry to be the skunk at Carl Icahn's garden party, but BoomTown doesn't think so.
Discussion: New York Times and paidContent.org
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Yahoo Offer: $8 Billion Stock Buyback; $1 Billion for Search  —  Oh, they're plenty irked in Redmond today, in the wake of Yahoo's (YHOO) picking of the Google (GOOG) ad-outsourcing deal over a proposal by Microsoft (MSFT).  —  And what exactly was that offer?
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Microsoft president reveals Yahoo offer, bangs antitrust war drum  —  The latest scoop on the Microsoft offer that Yahoo rejected comes from a source familiar with Microsoft's position — Kevin Johnson, president of the platforms and services division.  —  In a memo sent today to employees …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Google-Yahoo Deal Raises Antitrust Fears
Discussion: New York Times and eWeek
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Google Browser Sync Discontinued, No Firefox 3 Support  —  Reader hominid.todd says that a Google rep emailed him about the long-awaited status of the Browser Sync extension for Firefox 3.  Turns out they're discontinuing development on it.  Here's Google's response to hominid.todd's inquiry:
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Tebyte:
Fennec: development of the younger brother of Firefox 3 mobile intensifies
Discussion: Unwired View and Crave
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Browser Sync To Be Discontinued
Discussion: Lifehacker
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Technorati Raises $7.5 Million, Crashes  —  Technorati, the once-promising, but has-been blog search engine, has raised $7.5 million of a $10 million Series D round, PE Hub reports, citing a regulatory filing.  Returning to invest more: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mobius Venture Capital, and FG Incubation, which runs Technorati Japan.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
More Cash For Technorati: Blog Searcher Gets $7.5 Million …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Pulse 2.0 and TechCrunch
Robert Holmes / TheStreet.com:
AT&T Mulls Surcharge for High DSL Use  —  AAPL (The Telecom Connection PICK) CMCSA NFLX T TWC  —  AT&T T is considering a surcharge for customers who go above the normal amount of downloaded data on the Internet.  —  AT&T spokesman Michael Coe says that given the trends the company is seeing …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Why Facebook is now the number one social network in the world, and why this matters  —  “At first we were worried about MySpace, but then we realized that people use it differently from our site,” an employee at social network Facebook told me over a year ago.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Lost in E-Mail, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The onslaught of cellphone calls and e-mail and instant messages is fracturing attention spans and hurting productivity.  It is a common complaint.  But now the very companies that helped create the flood are trying to mop it up.
Pthurrott / SuperSite Blog:
Bob Cringely is off his gourd  —  The Robert X. Cringely stuff was cute once, but it's hit “Fake Steve Jobs” territory now: We know who you are, and it's just not fun or funny anymore.  More to the point, The X-Man's latest is just plain crazy talk: … It's worth noting, incidentally, that even the title of this post is horrible.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Breaking news- eReader for the iPhone in the works  —  I read so many ebooks and I do it using the great reader application eReader.  I have over 350 books in my eReader bookshelf and was happy to hear from the Fictionwise founder that they would continue to develop versions of eReader for different platforms.
NEWS.com.au:
Bebo blamed for 13-year-old boy's death … SOCIAL networking website Bebo has been blamed for a 13-year-old boy's suicide.  —  Sam Leeson, a 13 year old student from Tredworth, Gloucestershire, hanged himself in his bedroom apparently after suffering months of bullying online.
Discussion: Mashable!, Guardian and TechnoLlama
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Speed Testing the Latest Web Browsers  —  Read the hype on every new web browser released or due out this year, and you'll see claims that every one of them is “faster” than all the others.  You could compare super-specific tests and decipher all the code-brain terminology …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Microsoft's Robbie Bach, part 2, on Xbox 360  —  The biggest business in Robbie Bach's Entertainment & Devices Group at Microsoft is the Xbox 360 video game business.  After many years of losses, the game business is poised to turn a profit, as is the E&D group itself, for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Cameron Wilmot / TweakTown:
TweakTown's VIDEO unboxing of ASUS Eee PC 1000H!  —  TWEAKTOWN EXCLUSIVE We got word that the ASUS Eee PC 1000 and 1000H was to begin selling on Wednesday this week in Taiwan and we instantly set about trying to buy one.  —  The new 10-inch Intel Atom powered sub-notebooks with 802.11n wireless …
 
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Cade Metz / The Register:
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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For A New Platform War. …
Brad Stone / Bits:
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Jen Mazzon / Official Google Docs Blog:
Upload your PDFs!  —  I spend a good chunk of time each week combing …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Is eBay Artificially Inflating Listing Numbers?
Discussion: AuctionBytes Blog
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple ranks 7th in notebook sales worldwide
PC World:
Snow Leopard: Back to Basics
Discussion: Macworld and MacRumors
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
If it can't find a solution, Google should kill YouTube
Discussion: TG Daily
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Goes After Bloggers For Posting Article Headlines And Snippets
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony working on ‘break apart’ motion PS3 pad
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Fake Steve Jobs Gets Real New Job: Leaving Forbes For Newsweek