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Around the Web 6.5.08: Wireless leapfrogging and Google expanding

June 5, 2008 | 11:55 am

-- Verizon Wireless and AT&T continue their game of leapfrog. Verizon Wireless will again become the No. 1 cell carrier if its deal for Alltel goes through. LAT

-- Disney World in Google Earth! A Disney exec calls it "the next best thing to being there." Hey, what about Disneyland? Official Google Blog

Disney World in Google Earth

-- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked with The Washington Post about why the offer for Yahoo was "incredibly generous" and said the lawsuit brought by the Internet company's shareholders could shed light on why the deal was turned down. How mysterious! Meanwhile, as Bill Gates prepares to leave his daily Microsoft duties, the WSJ's Rob Guth looks back in history at how Gates grew willing to hand the torch to Ballmer.

-- Mountain View, Calif.: Company town? Google signed a lease at the NASA Ames Research Center with big plans to expand its headquarters. SF Chronicle

-- From the "broken-record" files: Carl Icahn says Yahoo directors aren't looking out for shareholders.  Yahoo says Icahn's got it all wrong. Mercury News

-- After online video service Veoh raised another funding round, investor Michael Eisner asks the CEO: Yo, where's my money? Silicon Alley Insider

-- How do you say Lonelygirl15 in Italian? The Web show goes global, Bit Player says.

-- Online video site Heavy.com confirms to PaidContent.org that it's laying off 20% of its staff and spinning off an ad network.

-- Web Scout rounds up some of the fear and loathing over telecos' response to bandwidth hogs.

-- Chris Gaither

Image courtesy of Google

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