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10:20 AM ET, October 31, 2008

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Talks Over Google-Yahoo Search Deal Fail to Progress  —  The likelihood that Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. will walk away from their planned search partnership has risen, say people familiar with the matter.  —  The two Internet companies have so far failed to reach an agreement on their partnership …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Is Google Playing Chicken With the Justice Department?  —  Are Google and Yahoo thinking walking away from its controversial search advertising deal, as reported in an amusingly hedged report in The Wall Street Journal last night?  —  How's this for covering your bases in a story …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Techdirt
John Oates / The Register:
Google!  Yahoo! looking! doubtful!  —  Microsoft back in the frame?  —  Google is considering walking away from its advertising deal with Yahoo! because the Department of Justice is demanding too much in return.  —  The deal is currently on hold while it is assessed by the DoJ.
Discussion: Inquirer
Michael Calore / Webmonkey:
Retrieve Sign In  —  Please enter your e-mail address or username below.  Your username and password will be sent to the e-mail address you provided us.  —  or  —  Submit  —  Webmonkey is a property of Wired Digital.  —  Welcome to Webmonkey  —  A private profile page has been created for you.
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Michael Calore / webmonkey:
OMG! Gmail Adds SMS Chat
Discussion: Profy and CostPerNews
Google Watch:   Google Now Lets You Text Message from Gmail
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Will Hold On to Nextel  —  After failing to find a buyer for its Nextel cellphone unit, Sprint Nextel Corp. said Thursday it will hold on to the asset and renew a long-term partnership with Motorola Inc. to provide network support and mobile devices for Nextel.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Sprint, Cogent in Peering Feud - Sprint disconnects from Cogent network, impacting customers  —  Cogent is no stranger to peering disputes, fighting with Level3 back in 2005 and AOL back in 2002.  While most peering arrangements involve carriers trading equal amounts of bandwidth …
Discussion: WebProNews
PR Newswire:   Sprint-Nextel Severs Its Internet Connection to Cogent Communications
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
No Opera Mini for the iPhone  —  It seems that the engineers at Opera developed a version of Opera Mini that would run on the iPhone (and the iPod touch), but this browser will never see light of day because Apple rejected it from the App Store. … Well that sucks.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple hires top IBM chip designer and blade server guru  —  Apple's decision to hire Mark Papermaster away from IBM could mean that its Xserve lineup is taking on a more prominent role.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Updated throughout at 4:55 p.m. PT with additional details and comment from IBM.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
I.B.M. Sues to Block Executive's Move to Apple
Discussion: Edible Apple
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's other new platform: Live Framework  —  LOS ANGELES—While it was Windows Azure that got much of the attention, Microsoft also released another important platform at this week's Professional Developers Conference.  —  Microsoft's Live Framework is essentially the developer piece of Live Mesh.
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PBS:
Azure Blues: Microsoft and the electric power industry have a lot in common.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
BlackBerry Curve 8900 First Impressions (Kills the Original)  —  RIM excels at many things, but keeping secrets ain't one of 'em, so we'd eyeballed the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (nee Javelin) quite a bit before this AT&T-branded one dropped in our laps.  It's a Bolder version of the current Curve …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook May Be Growing Too Fast.  And Hitting The Capital Markets Again.  —  When Facebook raised $240 million from Microsoft in 2007, and another $235 million in debt and equity in 2008, everyone thought they had plenty of cash to get through their big growth phase.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Trojan virus steals bank info  —  The details of around 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards have been stolen by a virus described as “one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created”.  —  The Sinowal trojan has been tracked by RSA, which provides security solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Now Indexes Scanned Documents  —  Google has announced that it will now begin including scanned documents in its search results - a feat that requires an immense amount of processing power and advanced image recognition technology.  Unlike standard text documents …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Kirk / Medialoper:
Waiting for Google's Kindle Killer  —  During an onstage interview with Chris Anderson at this year's BEA, Jeff Bezos described his vision of a world where any book ever published would be available anywhere, at any time.  At the time it seemed like one of those distant fantasies that might be decades away.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Cloud computing: Will the financial geeks give it a boost?  —  The advantages of cloud computing are commonly known: You don't need upfront infrastructure investment; scaling up is relatively easy; and the service provider is likely to be more efficient than your company.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek expects to ship US$200 Eee PC in 2009, says president  —  Asustek Computer has announced consolidated revenues of NT$78.26 billion (US$2.39 billion) for the third quarter this year, while net profit after tax was NT$6.38 billion, an increase of 13% on quarter, but a drop of 14.2% on year.
Discussion: Liliputing, I4U News and Gizmodo
Amanda Kelly / Inside AdWords:
Improvements to Ads Quality  —  We're always working on improvements that will help us show the most relevant ads to our searchers, and we're excited to tell you that we'll soon introduce two changes designed to enhance how we calculate Quality Score and rank ads.
Kurt Mackey / Ars Technica:
More on the Windows 7 UI: new taskbar will be mandatory  —  While we haven't yet gotten our hands on a Windows 7 build with the new taskbar, we did talk to Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky about the various UI changes and what we can expect at release time.  —  It's not a surprise …
Discussion: OSNews
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Study: Google runs more than 10 million Web sites  —  There's no doubt Google is a vast power on the Internet, but because the company uses its own software to host Web sites, it's possible to see just how powerful.  —  Specifically, Google operates about 10.5 million Web sites in October …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Chinese State Bans Video Sites, Huge eDonkey Site Survives  —  The Chinese government has stepped in and banned 10 video sites, while giving warnings to 17 others.  The sites were accused of ‘regulations violations’ ranging from running a service without authorization, through to displaying violent or horrific content.
Discussion: p2pnet and ShanghaiDaily.com
 
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