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10:15 AM ET, May 4, 2007

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New York Post:
BILL'S HARD DRIVE  —  MICROSOFT EYES SEARCH GIANT IN PROPOSED TAKEOVER  —  Stung by the loss of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick to Google last month, Microsoft has intensified its pursuit of a deal with Yahoo!, asking the company to re-enter formal negotiations, The Post has learned.
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Reconsider Merger  —  A year ago, Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. explored the idea of combining to form a greater competitor to Google Inc.  —  The talks led nowhere leaving Microsoft and Yahoo to forge their own paths in pursuit of Google.  How did they do?  Well, they're talking again.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft hot for Yahoo: Is it for real this time?  —  Will Microsoft pull the trigger on a long-rumored acquisition of Yahoo?  —  The New York Post thinks so.  The Post is reporting that Microsoft is asking Yahoo to formally enter merger negotiations.  Talks have been going on informally for years.
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
MASSIVE: Microsoft May Acquire Yahoo for $50 Billion  —  This deal will be huge if it goes ahead: Microsoft has reacted to Google's purchase of DoubleClick by stepping up talks with Yahoo about a possible acquisition/merger.  Estimated pricetag for Yahoo?  $50 billion.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo To Shut Down Yahoo Photos In Favor Of Flickr  —  I am at the annual Outcast CEO Dinner event - Brad Garlinghouse (Yahoo SVP Communications & Communities) and Stewart Butterfield (Cofounder Flickr) are sitting at my table and told me that they will announce the closure of Yahoo Photos tomorrow.
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USA Today:
Yahoo Photos going dark as Flickr shines on  —  LOS ANGELES — At Yahoo, Web 2.0 has won one battle with stodgy old Web 1.0.  —  Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Photos — for years, the No. 1 or No. 2 most-visited photo site on the Web.  Its users will be directed to move their pictures to Yahoo's hot upstart, Flickr.
Discussion: SmugBlog and Slashdot
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Yahoo Photos shutting down.  Flickr is the new hotness.  —  Brad Garlinghouse, SVP of Yahoo and author of the famous "Peanut Butter Manifesto," in which he told people inside Yahoo that the company was spread too thin, told me tonight at a dinner that "I'm eating my own peanut butter."
Discussion: Compiler and WebProNews
Verne Kopytoff / The Technology Chronicles:
Yahoo jettisons Photos in favor of Flickr
Discussion: tbites
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Starts Paying Star Users  —  YouTube is going to start helping some of its indie video content creators make money, starting tomorrow.  The company will launch a program that puts the creators of some of the more popular YouTube channels — including Lonelygirl15, LisaNova, HappySlip …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Users Get Paid. Tomorrow.
Discussion: Between the Lines and parislemon
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Revenue Sharing Partners Program, but no Pre-Rolls
Discussion: rexduffdixon.com
Ccoc / Colin's Corner:
EIC Change at PC World  —  As has been widely reported in the media, Harry McCracken, the EIC of PC World has resigned.  I have huge respect for Harry, thank him for all his contributions over the years and wish him well.  I am hopeful that Harry will continue to write for PC World on a freelance basis.
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Philipp Lohmann / GullFOSS:
Sun Microsystems joins porting effort for OpenOffice.org for Mac  —  I'm excited to let you all know that as of now Sun engineering will add its support to the ongoing Mac/Aqua porting effort.  —  The MacOSX porting history is basically as old as OpenOffice.org itself.
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily - TGDaily:
The UMPC dies.  And no one notices.  —  Recommend article:  —  We just started to like the concept of the UMPC.  But the truth of the matter is that the UMPC, at least in the shape we saw these little computers over the past year, will join the Tablet PC in a niche, far away from the eyes of the mass market.
Forbrugerstyrelsen:
Press release: Danish Complaint Case may have Global Consequences for Apple  —  A ground-breaking decision by the Consumer Complaints Board may have crucial consequences for Apple and for thousands of Apple laptop users all over the world  —  In a specific complaint case …
Jan Chipchase:
Extreme Personalisation  —  An unexpected surprise of last week's Istanbul visit was coming across these working Nokia phones hacked/customised by Mehmet Erkök, industrial design lecturer at stanbul Teknik Üniversitesi's Department of Industrial Product Design.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Peter Kaplan / Reuters:
UPDATE 1-Court denies Vonage bid for patent case retrial  —  WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court has denied a request by Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. (VG.N: Quote, Profile , Research) that it order a retrial in the patent infringement case brought …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Download Squad
 
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John Murawski / ReporterNews.com:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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