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8:55 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Trends Comes To Web Sites: Trends For Web Sites  —  Google has launched a major addition to Google Trends named Trends for Web Sites.  Trends for Web Sites extends Google Trends by enabling you to search for web site addresses, as opposed to just searching for trends by keyword.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Faces Off With Compete, Alexa, Comscore, Quantcast (And Soon Firefox)  —  Google has just introduced Google Trends For Websites, a new tool that lets users take a peek at the traffic data from sites around the web.  The new feature pits Google against a number of well-established players …
Maile Ohye / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
A new layer to Google Trends  —  Written by R.J. Pittman, Director of Product Management - Consumer Search Properties  —  Two years ago, we launched Google Trends, a tool that lets anyone see what the world is searching for, and compare the world's interest in your favorite topics.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google Trends Just Injured Hitwise
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo The Failure: Myth Versus Reality  —  As SS Yahoo appears to be sinking, let me be the contrarian about her future.  I admit, I find it as hard to believe as anyone that Yahoo has much life left in it after all executive departures this week, plus the latest news of Delicious founder Joshua Schacter going.
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John C Abell / Epicenter:
Dear Yahoo, I Quit!  Signed, [Your Name Here]  —  You know you wish you could quit Yahoo.  —  It's a drag now that the Microsoft balloon has burst.  Like that was gonna make working here anything like the good old days when you could buy a Maserati on yesterday afternoon's pop.  —  The upside to Icahn?
Discussion: TechCrunch and Industry Standard
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Executive exodus leaves Yahoo in a pickle  —  Voluntarily or not, it looks like Yahoo will be getting a lot less top-heavy.  —  The pioneering but troubled Internet company is headed for a reorganization that, combined with an exodus of top Yahoo executives, will in all likelihood put power in dramatically fewer hands.
Guardian:
Yahoo turmoil continues with loss of more executives
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Robert Cox / Media Bloggers Association:
Back Story AP and Drudge Retort Come to Terms  —  In what may close one chapter and signal the beginning of another, the AP and Rogers Cadenhead of Drudge Retort have come to resolution on their dispute while leaving unresolved the central source of conflict in the case …
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Rogers Cadenhead / Workbench:
AP Settles Dispute with Drudge Retort  —  Late Thursday night, AP issued the following statement after a day-long discussion of the DMCA takedowns issued to the Drudge Retort that reached all the way up to the company's top management: … I'm glad that my personal legal dispute with the AP is resolved …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
More on the settlement: AP's nightmare identified  —  Robert Cox, the Media Bloggers Association guy who represented Cadenhead in this matter, has a lengthy post about what happened this week.  Go read it.  I wasn't there but I've dealt with lots of similar situations as an editor and this all sounds pretty believable.
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:   AP, blogger resolve dispute over copyright
David Kirkpatrick / Fortune:
Microsoft without Gates  —  The challenge isn't replacing Bill.  That's already happened.  Ballmer's big issues now: growth, Google, and those pesky Apple ads.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Steve Ballmer was sobbing.  He repeatedly tried to speak and couldn't get the words out.
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Financial Times:
Transcript: Steve Ballmer of Microsoft  —  FINANCIAL TIMES: So, you finally got rid of that other guy.  Now we want to know what you're going to do.  —  STEVE BALLMER: Onward and upward, baby.  Onward and upward.  —  FT: What does it mean to lose Bill Gates from his full-time role?
Jeremy Caplan / Time:
The iPhone's Next Frontier: Porn  —  Apple may be golden because of the iPhone, but the soon-to-be updated device is also increasingly the source of forbidden fruit.  Steve Jobs' company is keeping a civil, if embarrassed, silence about one of the potentially most lucrative and controversial uses of its hand-held jewel: porn.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Dell Studio Hybrid mini PC leak reveals specs, new casing  —  Remember that tidy little bamboo-encased mini PC Dell showed off in April?  Well apparently the company is at work on a variant of the diminutive system, dubbed the Studio Hybrid.  In addition to forgoing the eco-friendly wood …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi's Mahaney: If Google Wants To Stay On Top, It Needs To Ramp Up Its Display Ad Revenues  —  A decade ago, the leading Internet companies were AOL, Amazon, eBay, and Yahoo.  With the exception of Amazon, which is experiencing a renewal as it embraces digital distribution and cloud computing …
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:   Report: Google to Make Over $1B in Display Ads
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
ComScore: Facebook is beating MySpace worldwide  —  New numbers from metrics firm ComScore show that in May, the battle of the social-networking sites may have gained a new front-runner: Facebook appears to have surpassed longtime rival MySpace in worldwide unique visitors for the first time.
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
How Omidyar Network and Wellington Partners invested $6 million in Seesmic  —  I am answering questions in video in this post using our new video player, you can reply and get a Seesmic account right there if you like.  Hit play, you will see the reply button at the top right.
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Micah L. Sifry / techPresident:
BREAKING: PdF2008 Hosts Obama-McCain Twitter Debate  —  We're pleased to announce a first for the Internet Election of 2008: Starting tonight, a designated representative of both of the major presidential campaigns are going to participate in a free-wheeling debate on technology and government …
 
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