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Obama Administration Launches Entrepreneur Group

The Obama administration is launching a "private sector alliance" to help entrepreneurs. Startup America Partnership will bring together entrepreneurs, start-up financiers, CEOs and others to help companies start or grow, the group said in a statement.

Is Google Ready to Send 'Content Farms' Out to Pasture?

In a blog post on Friday, Google made its most direct warning that it would be tweaking search algorithms to punish "content farms" -- cheap producers of Web content that either copied or scraped information from other publishers. Demand Media could suffer in particular.

The Dow Snaps Its
Two-Day Losing Streak

Stocks closed mixed Friday as better-than-expected earnings from General Electric helped the Dow and S&P 500 snap two-day losing streaks, but the Nasdaq closed lower after disappointing results from Advanced Micro Devices.

AOL to Buy Online Profile Site About.me

AOL (AOL) agreed to purchase about.me Inc, a product that lets people create a single personal profile page that presents their online identity. About.me lets users bring together profiles on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, blogs and more.

Paul Allen's Patent-Licensing Firm Dealt Blow in IP Lawsuit

A patent lawsuit brought by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen against Apple, Google, and Yahoo,among others, has been dismissed. The judge found the suit, which failed to specify the products or devices that infringed on patents from Allen's company, too vague.

Private-Equity Firms Ask Alibaba to Join Yahoo Bid

A group of private-equity investors is calling on the CEO of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group to throw his support behind a buyout offer for Yahoo, Reuters reports. Alibaba founder Jack Ma is reportedly considering his options regarding the U.S. firm that holds a 40% stake in his company.

AOL Profit Doubles, but Revenue Slips

AOL Inc.'s (AOL) profit grew in the third quarter thanks to gains on investments it sold during the quarter, but revenue declined sharply as online...

Meet Blekko, the Latest Upstart Search Engine

Rich Skrenta thinks he has built a better search engine. This week, he's launching Blekko, whose web searches will only accept information from curated lists of trusted sites, mediated by users to filter out irrelevant results. But can Blekko compete with Google and Bing?

Yahoo to Roll Out Its Own Universal Authentication

In a sign that Yahoo is accelerating its efforts to join the social media revolution, word was leaked this weekend of a new offering, dubbed Y Connect, which would allow its customers to sign up for and sign onto media sites and other password-protected sites with a single click.

Yahoo Hires Goldman Sachs to Deal With Takeover Bids

Yahoo! Inc (YHOO) has hired Goldman Sachs Group (GS) to help deal with possible takeover approaches, Bloomberg News reported. Yahoo has been working with advisers for about two weeks, but has not received any offers, Bloomberg News said.

Report: AOL Preparing Possible Acquisition of Yahoo

AOL is reported to be collaborating with private equity firms to explore a possible Yahoo takeover attempt. In theory, an AOL-Yahoo deal would position the merged company to compete for online advertising dollars more effectively.

Is Yahoo's Carol Bartz the Most Overpaid CEO?

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has been praised for her blunt, foul-mouthed management style. But with shares of the company down more than 14% this year, her $39 million pay package is a little hard to swallow.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Foosball

Well, DailyFinance readers, it's been a great ride, but now it's time for me to say goodbye. On Monday, I start a new job at Forbes, where I'll be covering media and technology.

AOL Buys Silicon Valley Website TechCrunch

AOL, the parent company of DailyFinance, has agreed to purchase TechCrunch, a top news blog covering Silicon Valley and tech startups. The deal was announced by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington (pictured) on Tuesday morning.

Microsoft Co-Founder Files Big Patent Lawsuit

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen slapped a host of tech titans with a patent infringement lawsuit Friday, alleging that they were utilizing technologies developed by a lab that he had invested in. On his his naughty list: Google, YouTube, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Netflix and AOL, among others.

Demand Media's Dumbest How-To Content

How much quality content can a penny buy? I trolled Demand Media's eHow.com to answer that question. Here's my collection of the dumbest articles published by the company, which recently filed for an IPO.

Is the Web Dead? No.
But It's at Risk

Wired magazine has just declared the demise of the wild, open web, eclipsed by discrete apps and walled gardens -- all controlled by powerful corporations like Apple. Here's how this dire vision dovetails with the Google-Verizon net neutrality deal.