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3:10 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...).
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 WSJ.com 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: Tech Beat
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT and Yahoo: two icebergs, roped together  —  I wonder if Rupert Murdoch has any shares in Yahoo he's trying to get rid of.  Just kidding But now would be a pretty good time to unload them.  The New York Post ignited a firestorm of rumour this morning — and lit a fire under Yahoo's share price too …
Discussion: Todd Watson
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Asks Yahoo To Reconsider Merger Talks: Report
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Associated Press:
Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft, Yahoo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Should Microsoft buy Yahoo?
Discussion: ValueWiki Blog
Nick / Rough Type:   Microsoft eyeing Yahoo
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   MicroHoo, and Non-Peeing Sections in the Internet Pool
Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Yahoo! plus MSN does not equal Google
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Reuters:
Report: Microsoft eyeing Yahoo deal
Discussion: Neowin.net and greg hughes
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Microhoo... Yacrosoft?
Discussion: Listics and Susan Mernit's Blog
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Microsoft Buying Yahoo?
Discussion: Webomatica
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft hot for Yahoo: Is it for real this time?
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Microsoft aggressively courting Yahoo (again)?
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.
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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.
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
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 …
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.
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Bugs And Unstable Code Threaten Second Life's Future  —  Second Life business owners and users want Linden Lab to fix the service's egregious bugs and instability before the whole thing comes crashing down.  —  A group of Second Life's business owners and users are taking Linden Lab to task for ongoing …
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
 
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