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2:59 AM ET, June 21, 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.
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
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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
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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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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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.
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.
Discussion: AppScout, HipMojo.com and CNET News.com
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Blows Past MySpace In Global Visitors For May
Discussion: Startup Meme and The Social Times
Mashable!:
Sponsorship: Monetization's Dark Horse  —  Steven Hodson is the cranky old fart as well as respected Web 2.0 and social media pundit behind WinExtra.com.  His guest post today is a continuation of a short series of articles that examine alternatives for the very advertising-dependent world of Web 2.0 and social networks.
Discussion: Changing Way
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 …
Jonathan Simon / Official Google Webmaster …:
Get Cooking with the Webmaster Tools API  —  As the days grow longer and summer takes full stage, many of us are flocking to patios and parks to engage in the time-honored tradition of grilling food.  When it comes to cooking outdoors, the type of grills used span a spectrum from primitive to high tech.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Search Engine Land
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
NebuAd hires like spyware, acts like spyware  —  At least five high-ranking employees at NebuAd, a Silicon Valley start-up that snoops on Web surfers on behalf of their Internet service providers, are veterans of one of the more notorious spyware companies around, Claria Corp.
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Cade Metz / The Register:   NebuAd looks to ‘spyware’ firm for recruits
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Rogers makes new BlackBerry plans official  —  Rogers has just released a slew of new BlackBerry data plans for your emailing and browsing pleasure.  There's still no unlimited BIS option, which is a bit confounding given the upcoming unlimited iPhone Data plan, but this is Rogers after all, so we're not terribly shocked.
Discussion: Bus error, Electronista and Gadgetell
Christopher Mascari / Gizmodo:
Story of a Peanut: The TiVo Remote's Untold Past, Present and Future  —  I recently had the opportunity to learn more about TiVo's award-winning remote control when I met with their Senior Director of Consumer Engineering Paul Newby, father of the TiVo remote.
Discussion: TiVo Lovers, PVRblog and NewTeeVee
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Citi's Mahaney: If Google Wants To Stay On Top, It Needs To Ramp …
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Firefox 3 vulnerability, 8 million people affected!
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Will The iPhone's Apps Store Kill The ‘Jailbreak’ Market?  Maybe Not (AAPL)
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