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Microsoft:
Microsoft, Yahoo! Change Search Landscape  —  Global Deal Creates Better Choice for Consumers and Advertisers  —  Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Yahoo committed seppuku today.  —  The once proud warrior of the internet space laid down its sword, knelt at the feet of Microsoft and gutted itself today.  There was no honor in this death, it was one brought by the shame of losing to Google and a lack of faith in one's ability to compete in the space they created.
Carol Bartz / Yodel Anecdotal:
What our Microsoft deal means to you  —  It's inhumanly early in California, but it's already a great day at Yahoo!.  We've just signed a major search deal with Microsoft.  Under the terms, Microsoft will become the search engine behind Yahoo! and we will become the worldwide exclusive …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
A Search Eulogy For Yahoo  —  And then there were two.  —  Make no mistake, Yahoo's out of the search game.  I know the spin.  Better user interface, new ways to innovate, a winning play.  Let's not kid ourselves.  They're done.  Not today, not necessarily in a year but down the line at some point.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Audio: Ballmer and Bartz discuss partnership, Google, and f-bombs  —  TechFlash today interviewed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz about a wide range of topics related to their newly announced partnership — including competition from Google, future acquisitions …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft open to SearchMonkey, other Yahoo tech  —  Microsoft's search deal with Yahoo is the culmination of months of well documented negotiations, but in many ways, it is just the beginning of the long road ahead.  —  In the coming months, Microsoft and Yahoo will not only have to win regulatory approval …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Ballmer's email on Yahoo assures Microsoft workers about jobs
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
It's Finally Official, Microsoft & Yahoo Make A Deal, Yahoo Gives Up On Search
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Yahoo / Microsoft 110% rumor nixed
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple's Chickens**t Approval Process Has Gone Too Far  —  The App Store approval process has always been mysterious, slightly ridiculous and mildly infuriating.  But with the summary execution of Google Latitude as well as every Google Voice app, it's finally gone too far.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
AT&T: Don't Blame Us For The iPhone's Google Voice Ban  —  The outcry over the Google Voice ban on the App Store is still going strong, with hundreds of news stories, developer posts, and complaints putting the story in and out of Twitter's top trends for nearly three days running.
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple adds keywords to App Store additions for easier search  —  Soon after Apple admitted that improvements were needed in helping users locate App Store software, developers have been asked to add a list of keywords for their submitted applications to improve discovery.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
EFF: Apple's claim that jailbroken iPhones can crash cell towers a ‘hill of beans’
Discussion: Macworld
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Mobile becomes Windows Phone  —  What's in a name after all?  —  AT AN EVENT to show off upcoming Christmas goodies, Microsoft let slip to the INQ that Windows Mobile 6.5 is to be re-christened Windows Phone.  —  This, says Vole, is an effort to unboggle the minds of the consumer with all the …
Discussion: Gizmodo, MobileCrunch and WMExperts
Timothy / Slashdot:
Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — “I've Had Enough”  —  The Slashdolt writes “After a stern criticism from Linus, the long-time kernel hacker Alan Cox has decided to walk away as the maintainer of the TTY subsystem of the Linux Kernel, stating '...I've had enough.
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Google Dumps Another Half-Million Free Titles In Sony's eBook Store  —  Sure, their authors are all dead, and they're already technically free anyway, but another 500,000 properly formatted, lovingly .EPUBed public domain titles have arrived in Sony's ebook store, courtesy of Google …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Company Receives Patent for Podcasting  —  VoloMedia, a podcast analytics, advertising, and distribution company, just received a patent for “providing episodic media,” including podcasts.  According to the company, which filed for the patent in November 2003, U.S. Patent 7,568,213 covers …
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Murgesh Navar / VoloMedia Blog:
VOLOMEDIA'S PODCASTING PATENT
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Details on presidential motorcades, safe house for First Family, leak via P2P  —  Lawmakers eye bill to ban P2P use on government, contractor networks  —  Computerworld - Details about a U.S. Secret Service safe house for the First Family — to be used in a national emergency …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Use Mobile Devices Hands-Free Anywhere With Gorillamobile  —  Sometimes the best accessories are the simplest.  Mobile tech sees us (rightly) obsessing about batteries, radios and the like, but often the lowest-tech things can offer the greatest benefits.  Take the Gorillamobile, for instance.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shareholders Transfer $2.9 Billion To Microsoft Shareholders  —  Anyone wondering who got the better deal today (my detailed thoughts later) need only look at the stock movements of Yahoo and Microsoft.  Yahoo dipped 12.08% to $15.14, knocking $2.91 billion off their market cap.
Discussion: Smoking Securities
GamesIndustry.biz:
Farrell: Natal will arrive late next year  —  Microsoft's Natal will launch late next year, THQ CEO Brian Farrell has revealed in his company's Q1 earnings call.  —  In response to a question about hardware price cuts and market changes in the upcoming cycle, Farrell replied …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Real Black Hats Hack Security Experts on Eve of Conference  —  LAS VEGAS — Two noted security professionals were targeted this week by hackers who broke into their web pages, stole personal data and posted it online on the eve of the Black Hat security conference.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Report: iPhone margins are nearly 60%  —  Turley Muller has been arguing for more than a year that Wall Street seriously underestimates the impact of the iPhone on Apple's (AAPL) bottom line.  —  Muller, a former mortgage trading analyst, currently unemployed, tracks Apple's performance …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9700 specifications  —  While we don't have a sexy codename for this BlackBerry to attach to the model number, our very same ninja is back again with a list of specifications for this unseen and unnamed device that will launch as the BlackBerry 9700.  Ready?  — Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
Eurogamer:
360 Twitter/Facebook “before Xmas”  —  Microsoft has said that the Twitter and Facebook applications planned for Xbox 360 will be separate applications rather than part of another broad dashboard update.  —  Microsoft marketing type James Halton, speaking at an event earlier today …
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
WizeHive: Collaboration tool for busy people  —  Because I work almost exclusively in remote-based teams, I'm always looking for new tools and services that can help me manage my daily tasks and effectively collaborate with my team members.  One of the biggest problems I have with some collaboration systems …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Clampi Trojan stealing online bank data from consumers and businesses  —  LAS VEGAS—Hundreds of thousands of Windows computers are believed to be infected with a Trojan called “Clampi” that has been stealing banking and other log-in credentials from compromised PCs since 2007 …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Prescribes Permanent ‘Diet Regime’ After First Annual Sales Drop  —  Microsoft Corp., coping with its first annual sales drop, will make frugality a new way of life, Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell said.  —  “This is not a crash diet where you stop eating for a couple of quarters …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
 
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