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3:35 PM 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?  —  Updated: 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.
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Termination of Services Agreement by Google  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced that Google has terminated the advertising services agreement the companies announced in June.  Yahoo! continues to believe in the benefits …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Pulls The Plug On Yahoo Advertising Deal  —  After vowing repeatedly to go through with its search advertising deal with Yahoo no matter what the Justice Department does, Google reversed course today and pulled the plug on the deal.  Chief legal counsel David Drummond writes:
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Walks Away From Yahoo Ad Partnership
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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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Microsoft launches BizSpark program for startups
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Eye on Future, Microsoft Offer Startups Freebies
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Internal Yahoo memo suggests CEO Jerry Yang may be out  —  Here's a rumor (printed below) that we got and which has apparently been making the rounds.  It's important to note that the NYT has since written a story saying that Yahoo has denied the rumor, and that both Yahoo and Microsoft …
Discussion: Digital Daily, Bloomberg and Valleywag
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Yahoo Rumors, Rumors All Around, But Not a Drop Correct
DealBook:
Yahoo's Stock Spurts on False Rumors
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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Sarah Lai Stirland / Threat Level:
Propelled by Internet, Barack Obama Wins Presidency
Discussion: techPresident and WebProNews
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple to Pay Departing “Father of iPod” $300,000 Shut-Up Money Annually  —  “Advisor” to Apple CEO Steve Jobs is a killer gig-if you can swing it.  Just ask Tony Fadell.  The now former senior vice president of the company's iPod division will collect an annual salary of $300,000 until March 24 …
Discussion: Apple Watch, VentureBeat and Valleywag
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:   What Fadell's Departure Means for Apple
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and SlashGear
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Obama Victory Creates Historic Global Demand for Web Content  —  As the world watched the U.S. campaign coverage and the Obama victory speech on computers seven hours ago, demand for news content hit a historic record, according to data from Akamai, the Cambridge, Massachusetts provider …
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 …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple readying software patch for quirky MacBook trackpads
Discussion: SlashGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
OMG! iPhone keyboard!  OMG!  —  This hack adds a third-party mini-keyboard to the iPhone, effectively turning Cupertino's darling into a Compaq iPaq circa 2001.  Does the iPhone really need a keyboard, people?  —  After using the iPhone for a little over a year, I find that the onscreen keyboard is intuitive and useful.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gadget Lab, DVICE and iPhone Buzz
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Online Meltdown Update: AOL Ads Down Six Percent in Third Quarter  —  More fuel for the online advertising pessimists among you: Advertising revenues at AOL dropped six percent in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage …
Newsweek:
Hackers and Spending Sprees … The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown “foreign entity,” prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.  —  At the Obama headquarters in midsummer …
Discussion: CNET News, Zero Day and The Register
 
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple delays entry MacBook Air untill after Thanksgiving
Discussion: iPhone Savior and Gizmodo
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Ex-MPAA and IFPI Anti-Piracy Enforcer Shot Dead
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Another Report On iPhone Production Cuts
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0:
WinHEC: Sinofsky, DeVaan keynotes cover details of Windows 7
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Filing reveals Apple employment boom
Discussion: CNET News and The Apple Core
 Earlier Items: 
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
Discussion: VentureBeat and Ars Technica
CNBC.com:
Inside Google's ‘Unofficial’ Hiring Freeze
Discussion: Search Engine Land and CNET News
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First