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8:45 AM ET, February 1, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share  —  Transaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Microsoft offers $44.6B for Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
WOW.  Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion To Acquire Yahoo  —  It's been rumored for a long time, but now it's reality.  —  Microsoft has made an unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo.  The bid, which would consist of cash and Microsoft stock, values Yahoo shares at $31 a share, a 62% premium on Thursdays closing price.
Chris Liddell / Microsoft:
Media Alert: Press Conference Call to Discuss Microsoft Proposal to Acquire Yahoo! Inc.  —  Conference call to provide press, analysts with details about the proposal.  —  REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 1, 2008 - Microsoft Will Host a Conference Call Today to Discuss its Proposal to Acquire Yahoo! Inc. with:
DealBook:
Microsoft Makes $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo  —  Microsoft said Friday that it would offer $44.6 billion for Yahoo, the ailing search giant.  The surprise offer of $31 a share represents a 62 percent premium to Thursday's clsoing share price.  Yahoo shareholders could elect to receive either cash or stock.
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Microsoft bids $45 billion for Yahoo  —  Software giant makes cash and stock offer of $31 a share, a 62% premium from Yahoo's closing price on Thursday.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Microsoft made an unsolicited $44.6 billion cash and stock bid for Yahoo Friday, a deal that could shake …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  Microsoft just announced what has been rumored forever: a formal offer for Yahoo.  Microsoft's proposal to Yahoo's board of directors represents $31 per share (a 62% premium over yesterday's closing price) or about $44.6 Billion.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft said Friday that it has made an offer to buy Yahoo for about $44.6 billion, or $31 a share, in a mix of cash and stock.  —  The offer represents a 62 percent premium over Yahoo's closing stock price of $19.18 on Thursday.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Chatty Zuckerberg Tells All About Facebook Finances  —  Want to know about how privately held Facebook is doing from a financial point of view?  —  Well, just ask Mark Zuckerberg!  —  This afternoon, at an all-hands meeting held in a Palo Alto, Ca. theater near the social networking site's headquarters …
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Google: Social Networking Inventory Not Monetizing As Well As Expected; Trouble At MySpace?  —  Speaking on the company's post-earnings conference call, Google (GOOG) CFO George Reyes said the company has found that “social networking inventory is not monetizing as well as expected,” …
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google approaching world domination  —  Google wants you to know it's well on its way to taking over the world.  —  This afternoon, during a quarterly earnings call with industry analysts and journalists, CEO Eric Schmidt focused on the company's “strong international growth” in 2007.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
As Twitter Service Woes Continue, Japanese Money Looks Likely  —  Twitter dumped Joyent as its hosting provider late yesterday (see our report here) and it was presumed by some that the switch away form Joyent was due to the poor reliability of the service.  We later learnt that Twitter …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Announce Large Video Acquisition—Maven Networks For $150 Million.  —  We've gotten word that Yahoo will make an acquisition announcement of a video startup today or tomorrow.  At first we thought the target might be Metacafe, which was almost acquired by Yahoo just following the Google/YouTube deal in 2006.
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