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8:00 PM ET, August 2, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Still Searching for, Well, Yahoo  —  JERRY YANG, the soft-spoken chief executive of Yahoo, rarely becomes animated, at least in public.  But ask him about his company's lackluster performance over the past year, and he will begin to pound the table — albeit ever so lightly — punctuating his answer with a dose of impatience.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
It's Official: Jerry Yang Won  —  Sure, at $19.80 a share, Yahoo!'s shares now find themselves below even where they were on the eve of MSFT's unsolicited $44.6B offer.  But make no mistake about it: Jerry Yang has won.  —  Don't get me wrong, the first thing you learn in finance …
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
End of the Blog  —  I have decided to end the blog, after doing around 800 postings over about 4 years.  I regret closing the blog and I owe readers an explanation.  There are two reasons.  —  1. The Inability or Refusal to Accept the Blog for What it is: A Personal Blog
Lumo / The Reference Frame:
Fix: IE7 with Sitemeter: Operation aborted … This posting is primarily addressed to those webmasters who experience a similar problem.  —  If your web page contains a Sitemeter counter, Internet Explorer users eventually see an “Operation aborted” error message.
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Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Porn Industry Learns from RIAA Tactics, Targets Web Sites Instead  —  Pornographers band together under The PAK Group to take on smut pirates  —  Apparently fed up with the lack of progress and high expense of attacking individual file sharers, porn industry leader Jason Tucker announced …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Don't Want to Talk About It?  Order a Missed Call  —  When Alexis Gorman, 26, wanted to tell a man she had been dating that the courtship was over, she felt sending a Dear John text message was too impersonal.  But she worried that if she called the man, she would face an awkward conversation or a confrontation.
Industry Standard:
Dell tries to trademark “cloud computing”  —  After witnessing countless corparate attempts to patent common practices or trademark common terms, and seeing the resulting PR fallout, one would think that companies would just stop trying.  Dell, however, seems to think that it should be able …
Rob Cottingham / ReadWriteWeb:
Tag Clouds R.I.P.?  —  I loved tag clouds from the moment I saw them, and I still do.  Two years ago, they roamed the social web like buffalo on the pre-Columbian plains of North America... huge, thundering herds of keywords of all shades and sizes.  And you'll see them to this day on many …
Discussion: HighTouch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust  —  When Thoof launched in July 2007 a lot of people gave it a good chance of success despite the fact that it was entering into the dreaded personalized news space.  Sure, the market was littered with failed startups, but Thoof was founded …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How “Janet” Fooled the Twittersphere She's the Voice of Exxon Mobil  —  The game is up, “Janet” is not an official Exxon representative  —  A few days ago, the Twittersphere was curious, interested, and excited to see a member of Exxon Mobil's employee ranks to join the twitter conversation …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   What Should Exxon Do About Twitter? Absolutely Nothing
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Calls Firefox Competitor To Windows  —  The report shows that Microsoft is aware of its own important balancing act as the company strives to maintain its relevance and dominance in the services era.  —  Microsoft always paints a picture of the competitive landscape in when it files …
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Alibaba: ‘We Will Do Things Our Own Way’  —  Alibaba.com Group CEO Jack Ma said Saturday that no matter what happened to major shareholder Yahoo, the company would retain its independence.  —  “As to the sale [of Yahoo], when this happened, I told the team, no matter what happens we will do things our own way.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?  —  A week ago, I put together a roundtable about the upcoming mobile platform wars between the iPhone, Google's Android, and older platforms like Nokia's.  One thing I discovered as I was organizing the event was that it was really hard …
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AOL shutters Tacoda, forces customers into low-end Ad.com
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Voting machine gets LinuxWorld tryout
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Toyota Announces Segway Killer: The Winglet Personal Transporter
Discussion: TechSpot, TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
Jeremy Kirk / IDG News Service:
Firefox Closer to Supporting Open-source Video Codec
Discussion: The Open Road
Marc Benioff / TechCrunchIT:
Welcome to Web 3.0: Now Your Other Computer is a Data Center
Zephoria / apophenia:
knol: content w/out context, collaboration, capital, or coruscation
GigaOM:
F|R: The Top 5 Reasons Tech Execs Fail
Discussion: Small Initiatives
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Calendar Syncing
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Technovia
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Gale / The Yahoo! Geo Technologies Blog:
Yahoo! Maps Gets a Summer-time Refresh
Andrew Lih:
Recently Unblocked in China...
Fred / A VC:
The Lazy and Smarter Web
Discussion: VCMike's Blog
The Technium:
People Want To Pay  —  Yes, everything will be free …
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Advice: Microsoft Should Invest Y Combinator-style
Discussion: HipMojo.com and blist
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Apple bails on Black Hat talk
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL is Getting Serious About Lifestreaming: Buys SocialThing
Discussion: Startup Meme and TechCrunch
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon
Discussion: Smart Mobs