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12:45 PM 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.
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.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Microsoft To Buy (Swallow) Yahoo...Again?  Please, God, No.  —  Henry Blodget: The New York Post reports that Microsoft is urgently trying to buy Yahoo again, in part because it's sick of losing deals to Google (and, no doubt, sick of losing to Google, and Yahoo, and AOL, et al...).
Discussion: BARRONS.com, TechFold and Joe Duck
Financial Times:
Microsoft eyes takeover of Yahoo  —  Microsoft is in early stage talks with Yahoo with a view to a possible takeover in a move that would allow the software giant to compete more effectively with Google for online advertising, according to people familiar with the matter.
Associated Press:
Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft, Yahoo  —  Software maker Microsoft Corp. asked search engine operator Yahoo Inc. to re-enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth $50 billion, the New York Post reported on Friday.  —  Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and digg
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Asks Yahoo To Reconsider Merger Talks: Report  —  Microsoft has asked Yahoo to re-start talks on a possible merger or alliance, The NY Post is reporting.  While Microsoft and Yahoo have held informal deal talks over the years, Post sources say the latest approach signals …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft pursues Yahoo! takeover
Nick / Rough Type:   Microsoft eyeing Yahoo
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   MSFT and Yahoo: two icebergs, roped together
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Why Microsoft + Yahoo! makes sense - and why it won't work
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft hot for Yahoo: Is it for real this time?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Yahoo! plus MSN does not equal Google
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   MicroHoo, and Non-Peeing Sections in the Internet Pool
Erick Schonfeld / The Next Net:
Yahoo and Microsoft: Two Dogs in Love
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
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.
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."
Don MacAskill / SmugBlog:   Bye Yahoo Photos - Hello Flickr (and SmuggLr)!
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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Revenue Sharing Partners Program, but no Pre-Rolls  —  The news, first broken by Om Malik and now live on the YouTube Blog, that YouTube has launched a revenue sharing Partners Program for its top content creators is a positive step forward for a service that only made $15 million …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
YouTube Users Get Paid. Tomorrow.
Discussion: Google Watch and parislemon
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.
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.
 
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The Globe and Mail:
Thomson in takeover talks with Reuters
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