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7:45 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.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microhoo - The much ballyhooed talks are off  —  So much for the Goldman Sachs' arranged marriage of Yahoo and Microsoft.  It didn't even merit an episode on Blind Date!  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the talks are well not happening.  They had talked, briefly …
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.
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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
MSFT and Yahoo: two icebergs, roped together  —  Update:  —  The latest version of the Wall Street Journal story at 4:19 on Friday afternoon says that the talks between Microsoft and Yahoo "are no longer active," according to the paper's sources — although "the two companies may still explore other ways of cooperating."
Discussion: Todd Watson
Associated Press:
Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft, Yahoo
Discussion: TechSpot News and UNEASYsilence
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Asks Yahoo To Reconsider Merger Talks: Report
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WSJ: Yahoo, Microsoft talks no longer active
Discussion: Gizmodo and BloggingStocks
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Microhoo... Yacrosoft?
Discussion: Listics and SearchViews
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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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
BBC:
YouTube facing football lawsuit  —  The English Premier League is to sue video-sharing site YouTube for alleged copyright infringement.  —  The football organisation said YouTube had "knowingly misappropriated" its intellectual property by encouraging footage to be viewed on its site.
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) …
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Jitendra Gupta / Read/WriteWeb:
What Happened at Digg?
Discussion: broadstuff and The Trademark Blog
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 …
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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 …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
OverHear.us: Corporate Gossip 2.0  —  If you're like most people, you've probably had your fair share of bad managers and misdirected corporate initiatives, leading to grumbling around the office.  It's hard to tell the person signing your check that their the problem and not all of us …
 
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