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6:35 PM ET, June 24, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sources: Microsoft And Yahoo Talks Back On  —  We've got multiple sources at both Yahoo and Microsoft telling us that official talks are back on between the two companies.  But we're hearing something different than CNET - the talks are about a full buyout again, not a sweetened search-only deal.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Dangerous Stock Dip (Hey, Microsoft, Don't Blow It!)  —  Right now, Yahoo shares are flirting with a dangerous threshold of below $20 a share-at this moment, shares are at $20.88.  —  Of course, the last time Yahoo (YHOO) went under the $20 level is when Microsoft (MSFT) …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft and Yahoo In Talks: Two Sources Say “Search Only, Not Buyout”  —  Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) are talking again, say TechCrunch, CNET, and an SAI source.  —  TechCrunch's sources say the two are talking about a full buyout.  One of our sources was highly skeptical of this.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Symbian, iPhone & the New Mobile Reality  —  Nokia, already a stakeholder in mobile OS maker Symbian, has announced that it will buy the remainder of the company and throw all the assets into a new platform called the Symbian Foundation, which will unite all the flavors of Symbian into a single …
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Nokia:
Mobile leaders to unify the Symbian software platform and set …
Nokia:
Nokia to acquire Symbian Limited to enable evolution of the leading …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Welcoming Bijan and Jeff  —  We're happy to announce two new members of our investment team: Bijan Sabet with Spark Capital in Boston and Jeff Bezos of Bezos Expeditions in Seattle.  Bijan has also accepted a seat on our board of directors.  We're looking forward to the guidance and advice both will bring to Twitter.
Emel Mutlu / Inside AdWords:
Introducing Google Ad Planner  —  If you're a media planner at an ad agency, you know that planning an online display buy can be challenging, particularly in scaling your campaign's reach while keeping it relevant for your target audience.  Plus, how do you keep track of the millions of sites …
Ian Dumych / Download Squad:
Tiny XP Rev 09: Windows XP with cuise control  —  Installing or reinstalling Windows can be a real hassle.  Although Windows XP comes with a basic set of drivers, there's a good chance you'll have to dig out the driver disc for some of your hardware, or scour the Internet for the appropriate files.
Discussion: InfoWorld and Computerworld
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Pledges Windows XP Support Through 2014  —  Microsoft may have little choice but to support XP for an extended period since most of its business customers have not upgraded to Windows Vista.  —  In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has committed to providing support services …
Discussion: TechSpot
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Microsoft expanding Mac team ahead of new products  —  Microsoft's Mac Business last week kicked off the largest hiring spree in its history as the group prepares to accelerate development of a new wave of software products for Apple users.  —  “The Mac BU at Microsoft is growing …
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
The Ad J.C. Penney Doesn't Want You to See  —  An award-winning ad made for J.C. Penney that the retailer is trying to distance itself from can still be readily found online.  The witty but racy ad, apparently made by Epoch Films for ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi in the vein …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and The Stalwart
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Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan / Wall Street Journal:
J.C. Penney Faults Fake Ad on YouTube
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gawker
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Does Your Gmail Suck Too?  —  A few months ago, at the insistence of some of my team members, we switched from Zimbra to Google Apps for our own domain offering.  The argument was that Google's quality of service, thanks to its great infrastructure, would be great and that we could also use Google Docs for easy sharing of information.
Discussion: TechCrunch and diversity.net.nz
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
MacBook Air SuperDrive for all  —  So like me, you have a MacBook Air SuperDrive... It's affordable, it's functional, it's sexy.  If only it was usable with other Macs and PCs!  —  Well rejoice :) I have successfully hacked my MBA SuperDrive to work with other Macs and PCs.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Testers give Microsoft's Entity Framework a no-confidence vote  —  A number of testers who've been dabbing with the first version of Microsoft's ADO.Net Entity Framework are unhappy with the direction Microsoft has taken with the technology — so much so that they've created a “no confidence vote” petition to make their gripes public.
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
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Tim Mallalieu / Tim Mallalieu's Blog.:
Vote of No Confidence  —  It's been a long, long time since …
Discussion: Julie Lerman Blog
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
After Steve Jobs: Handicapping Apple's back bench  —  “You know, I think it wouldn't be a party,” Steve Jobs told Fortune in February, describing the future of his company if, as he put it, Jobs got hit by a bus.  “But there are really capable people at Apple. ...
Sarah Lacy:
What LinkedIn Doubters Need to Know  —  by sarah lacy.  —  As I said in my previous post, it has been a busy week for me.  The highlight was an interview with Reid Hoffman for TechTicker upon closing his venture deal valuing LinkedIn at a (Outrageous?  Conservative?)  $1 billion valuation.
 
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
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