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11:35 AM ET, November 5, 2008

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The Official Google Blog:
Ending our agreement with Yahoo!  —  In June we announced an advertising agreement with Yahoo! that gave Yahoo! the option of using Google to provide ads on its websites (and its publisher partners' sites) in the U.S. and Canada.  At the same time, both companies agreed to delay implementation …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google calls it quits on the Yahoo ad deal; Will Microsoft enter the picture?  —  In a move that's not terribly surprising, Google said Wednesday that it is scrapping its search advertising deal with Yahoo.  Google's decision puts Yahoo's search business back in play and may bring Microsoft back into the picture.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   BREAKING: GOOGLE WITHDRAWING FROM YAHOO DEAL; Not Worth The Legal Fight
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pulls The Plug On Yahoo Advertising Deal
Discussion: CNET News
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
Microsoft Launches Effort to Spark Startups  —  Microsoft's new BizSpark project is an effort to spur startups and entrepreneurs to use Microsoft technology when launching new companies.  Microsoft is giving away software, services and support to startups earning less than $1 million to help …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft offers free software for start-ups  —  LOS ANGELES—In its boldest bid yet to win the affections of emerging businesses, Microsoft on Wednesday announced a program that will allow some start-ups to use its server software free of charge.  —  Dubbed BizSpark, the program will be open …
Discussion: TechFlash and Technology Live
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Twitter launches groups in Japan Today  —  Twitter has launched a group and community feature in Japan today, called Twicco.jp.  In the demo video I took at the Digital Garage conference you can see it lets users create and follow a group instead of an individual account.
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Careful what you say on Twitter - delete option removed? (updated)  —  Updated - see below.  —  It appears that the micro-blogging service Twitter has removed the option to delete a ‘tweet’ once it's been published, making the service a haven for digital litter — the trail of information …
Rick Turoczy / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Gives Japan Groups, Takes Delete Away from Everyone Else
Discussion: SheGeeks
Larry Page / The Official Google Blog:
A vote for broadband in the “white spaces”  —  All eyes are on the presidential election today, but another important vote just took place at the Federal Communications Commission.  By a vote of 5-, the FCC formally agreed to open up the “white spaces” spectrum — the unused airwaves between …
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
How the CNN Holographic Interview System Works  —  CNN's holographic election coverage is fancy pantsy, but how did they manage to send 3D 360 degree footage of virtual correspondent Jessica Yellin from Chicago all the way to the station's election center in NY?  As Arthur C. Clarke says, Magic.
Moon Ihlwan / Business Week:
New Samsung Phone: a Real iPhone Killer?  —  To hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talk about Samsung Electronics' new upgraded smart phone, T*Omnia, Korean consumers will soon get the mother of all smart phones on the planet.  “The T*Omnia is at the forefront of this new generation of mobile devices …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Online Meltdown Update: AOL Ads Down 6% In Third Quarter  —  More fuel for the online advertising pessimists among you: Advertising revenues at AOL dropped 6% in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage 2% advertising growth …
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Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports Third-Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechCrunch
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner: Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost Us More Than $100 Million
Discussion: Gawker
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
10 election tweets worth remembering  —  It was a marathon evening for media buffs as Barack Obama beat rival John McCain to become the United States' first African-American president-elect.  You couldn't miss it on Twitter, as the microblogging service exploded with election updates, commentary, and speculation.
Wall Street Journal:
BlackBerry Bold Is Big, Bulky And Beautiful  —  Change is a familiar concept in the mobile-phone industry.  Most recently, Apple and Google introduced mobile devices with two vital innovations: They run on fast 3G networks and use touch screens.  Yesterday Research In Motion …
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Alley Insider
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Blackberry Bold, the ‘Buick of Smartphones’
Discussion: Datamation and All Things Digital
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations  —  You know how the situation - you're on a meeting or talking to someone whom you don't particulary like and you would die for an interruption.  Usaully nothing happens and you're stuck in a conversation/meeting pretending to listen.
Discussion: AppScout and mobilesyrup.com
CNBC.com:
Inside Google's ‘Unofficial’ Hiring Freeze  —  Google, one of the nation's great growth engines for employment, has essentially stopped hiring for the last month, according to several executives at the company.  —  A spokesperson at the company says there has been no freeze on hiring …
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Apple gets raw support for Nikon D90, other SLRs  —  Apple's photography software now can accommodate raw images from some newer digital cameras through the release of Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.3.  —  Specifically, the update to iPhoto '08 and Aperture 2 means …
Discussion: Infinite Loop, Apple and TUAW
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First  —  SAN FRANCISCO — During past downturns, layoffs were mostly a private affair.  Big companies tended to issue vague press releases filled with jargon about “downsizing,” and start-ups often gave people the pink slip without telling the world anything at all.
Arn / MacRumors:
Software Fix for MacBook Pro Trackpad Issue “Coming Soon”  —  Earlier this week, a number of complaints emerged about a trackpad issue found on the new MacBook Pros.  PCPro.co.uk relays one customer's experience: … The problem even drew the attention of Apple according to one blogger …
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9 to 5 Mac and PC Pro
 
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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
John Ozimek / The Register:
Is the internet going down down under?  —  It's the end of the net as we know it
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Our airwaves, indeed  —  Tom Evslin is celebrating the FCC's decision …
Discussion: Industry Standard
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Tomorrow is the Sony Ericsson day!
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:
Borrell: Banner advertising the big loser in '09 online ad decline
Discussion: Zero Percent Idle
James Sherwood / The Register:
Users pour forth MacBook trackpad woes
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and O'Grady's PowerPage
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple
 Earlier Items: 
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Election 08: Homepages of Major News Sites, Right After the News
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Inevitable Slow-Motion Death of the Tablet PC
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Mark Ward / BBC:
The end of an era - Windows 3.x
Discussion: The Register, Neowin.net and Slashdot
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Yammer goes down, companies all over go silent
Discussion: cubicgarden.com
David Pogue / New York Times:
Shazam! A Projector Is Shrunk
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV and Engadget