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6:50 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.
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.
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...).
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.
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.
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Why Microsoft + Yahoo! makes sense - and why it won't work  —  The New York Post and just came out with stories of a rumored merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft.  On paper, the deal makes sense for the following reasons, but in the end it's going to be so hard that I don't think it will happen.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Tech Beat
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft pursues Yahoo! takeover  —  The NY Post has the exclusive story this morning: Microsoft has once again approached Yahoo!, asking the Sunnyvale based search portal and content destination to come to the table and negotiate a friendly takeover by Microsoft.
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: TechSpot News
Mathew /
MSFT and Yahoo: two icebergs, roped together
Discussion: Todd Watson
David Kaplan /
Microsoft Asks Yahoo To Reconsider Merger Talks: Report
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Microhoo... Yacrosoft?
Discussion: Listics
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:   Yahoo-Microsoft merger talk resurfaces
Nick / Rough Type:   Microsoft eyeing Yahoo
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Yahoo To Shut Down Yahoo Photos In Favor Of Flickr
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Lean and Mean  —  Last year I wrote a series of columns on management problems at IBM Global Services, explaining how the executive ranks from CEO Sam Palmisano on down were losing touch with reality, bidding contracts too low to make a profit then mismanaging them in an attempt to make a profit anyway …
Discussion: Sadagopan's weblog … and IBM Eye
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
AACS vows to fight people who publish the key  —  Michael Ayers, the chairman of the AACS-LA (the organization that sent hundreds of legal threats to websites that published the random 16-byte number that represented one of the keys for cracking the copy-prevention on HD-DVDs) …
Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
What Happened at Digg?
Discussion: broadstuff and The Trademark Blog
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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube Launches Revenue Sharing Partners Program, but no Pre-Rolls
Tom Krazit / CNET
Vista draining laptop batteries, patience  —  Some of Microsoft's most important customers aren't happy with the battery life offered by notebooks running Windows Vista.  —  "It's a little scary," said John Wozniak, a distinguished technologist in Hewlett-Packard's notebook engineering department …
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops  —  LIVERPOOL, N.Y. — The students at Liverpool High have used their school-issued laptops to exchange answers on tests, download pornography and hack into local businesses.  When the school tightened its network security, a 10th grader …
Microsoft Poised to Rule Entertainment, Devices World  —  There are three ways to make money on an Xbox.  Generally it's not on the hardware itself; we'll probably be gross margin neutral on that over the life cycle of the product and try to break even on that.
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