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9:15 AM ET, February 1, 2008

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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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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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Strike this: Video sites you can make money from (or not)  —  While the strike by Hollywood writers is dragging on long enough to threaten the hallowed Oscars, video-viewing on the web is expanding as fast as ever.  As a result, writers, directors and actors are considering splitting …
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