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2:56 PM ET, June 20, 2008

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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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Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
It Gets Worse: Joshua Schachter Leaving Yahoo  —  We just got confirmation from Joshua Schachter, the founder of delicious, that he has decided to resign from Yahoo!.  Mike Arrington just spoke to him and he said that the recent news coming out of Yahoo! pressed his decision to leave now.
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.
Discussion: p2pnet, Cult of Mac and broadstuff
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The ‘Jailbreak’ Market?  Maybe Not (AAPL)
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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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.
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Microsoft rules out post-Yahoo buying spree  —  Microsoft will not try to make up for its failed move on Yahoo with a spate of other internet acquisitions, according to the top executives behind its online strategy.  —  Speculation about Microsoft's next move has been rife since Yahoo …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Microsoft Doesn't Want Your App Startup  —  In an interview published this morning in the Financial Times, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he wouldn't be looking to pick up any other Internet companies just because the Yahoo deal failed.  One can only imagine how far shares of Facebook …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Clickety Clack
Charles Miller / BBC:
The secret of Bill Gates' success  —  From schoolboy to software titan, Bill Gates on how it all started  —  As Bill Gates prepares to end his full-time work at Microsoft, he tells the BBC in an interview that it wasn't just what Microsoft did, but what his rivals didn't do that let Microsoft get ahead.
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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?
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Seesmic raises another $6M for video comments  —  Seesmic, a startup that allows users to post short video comments and snippets, has raised $6 million in a second round of funding.  The new round was led by Omidyar Network, the firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Wellington Partners.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Raises Another $6 Million Round
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 …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Says Drudge Retort Excerpt ‘Matter’ Closed; No Official Policy Announced  —  Hard to believe that all of the discourse (public and private) on how the AP handled the way its material was being used by the Drudge Retort boils down to this for now—a non-response response following …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
New eBay strategy angers small sellers  —  For years, eBay Inc. espoused an egalitarian view that all of its sellers should be treated equally.  —  But these days, the online marketplace is increasingly taking an opposite tack by offering discounts to its biggest sellers, hoping to lure more of their business.
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
eBay pumps up PayPal protections
Discussion: TechSpot
Frank Harris / Google News Blog:
Testing... testing... is this on?  —  Over the course of the next few weeks, you may notice a few changes to Google News... or maybe not.  You see, we'll be running some experiments on the look and feel of our site, based on an accumulation of user research and feedback, as well as the evolving state of online journalism.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Introducing Om 2.0: The Avatar  —  A few days ago, commenting on one of my posts, a reader inquired about my health, in particular whether or not I was behaving myself.  While on the one hand I found it mildly amusing, as it felt like my mom was asking the question — which she does every Sunday …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Study: Social networks may subvert ‘digital divide’  —  Social networks like Facebook and MySpace have reputations as time-sucking procrastination tools, but a new study from the University of Minnesota says au contraire.  —  Social networks build beneficial technological, creative …
Discussion: The Social Times
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 …
Discussion: Crave, Electronista, Ubergizmo and Gizmodo
 
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Erika Morphy / E-Commerce Times:
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Live Nation Battle Is Likely to Result In Chairman's Exit
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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