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2:05 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 …
US Department of Justice:
Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. Abandon Their Advertising Agreement  —  Resolves Justice Department's Antitrust Concerns, Competition Is Preserved in Markets for Internet Search Advertising  —  WASHINGTON — Yahoo! Inc. and Google Inc. abandoned their advertising agreement after the Department …
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
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: GOOGLE WITHDRAWING FROM YAHOO DEAL; Not Worth The Legal Fight
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Microsoft offers startups software and cloud services for (almost) free
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With Eye on Future, Microsoft Offer Startups Freebies
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Microsoft
DealBook:
Yahoo's Stock Spurts on False Rumors  —  Yahoo's stock jumped as much as 10 percent on Wednesday morning as rumors flew that it was on the verge of reaching a deal with Microsoft.  The rumors, which people close to both companies unequivocally say are not true, seemed to gain legs …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumors, Rumors All Around, But Not a Drop Correct
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rumor: Internal Yahoo memo suggests CEO Jerry Yang may be out
Discussion: Digital Daily, Bloomberg and Valleywag
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.
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: 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 …
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.
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 …
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Blackberry Bold, the ‘Buick of Smartphones’
Discussion: Datamation and All Things Digital
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 …
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 6% in the third quarter.  —  This isn't a total shock.  The previous quarter, AOL had only been able to manage 2% advertising growth …
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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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Another Report On iPhone Production Cuts
Discussion: AppleInsider
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
Rick Merritt / EE Times:
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Time Warner: Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost Us More Than $100 Million
Discussion: Gawker
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Careful what you say on Twitter - delete option removed? (updated)
Dusan Belic / IntoMobile:
Fake Calls gives iPhone users an excuse to leave ackward situations
Discussion: AppScout and mobilesyrup.com
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
In Era of Blog Sniping, Companies Shoot First