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12:00 PM 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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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.
Fred / A VC:
You Had To See This Coming - MSFT To Buy YHOO  —  I was going to buy Yahoo! the other day.  Mark and I were emailing.  I was asking how much Yahoo!'s core search business was worth if it was given over to Google.  He though maybe as much as $9/share.  I looked into the value of Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba.
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Makes $45 Billion Bid To Buy Yahoo  —  Microsoft is to bid $31 per share to Yahoo's board of directors to purchase the company, a deal potentially worth $45 billion.  Below, more details, some history and analysis.  We'll also keep updating this story, and we'll have a separate post linked …
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 …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Board of Directors to Evaluate Unsolicited Proposal From Microsoft  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today said that it has received an unsolicited proposal from Microsoft to acquire the Company.  The Company said that its Board of Directors will evaluate …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo  —  The deal would reshape the Internet consumer services business, where both companies have struggled to compete with Google.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft makes bid for Yahoo; May change the search game; Bid could rise  —  Microsoft said Friday that it is making an unsolicited offer of $31 a share, or $44.6 billion, to buy Yahoo in a move that would give the software giant more market share and become a significant threat to Google.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Would a Combined Microsoft-Yahoo Look Like?
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Why Microhoo: To stop the Google machine
Discussion: BuzzMachine and /Message
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Microsoft adds Yahoo! to shopping cart
Drew Hasselback / FP Posted:
Text of Microsoft's letter to Yahoo!'s board
Discussion: InfoWorld
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Bids $31 for Yahoo (MSFT/YHOO)
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Open-source silver lining in Microsoft's $44.6 billion wedding vow to Yahoo?
Discussion: Open Source and CNET News.com
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Microsoft's Letter to Yahoo Board
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:   Ballmer's letter to the Yahoo Board
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo's Semel Steps Down As Chairman
Discussion: Technology Live
DealBook:
Microsoft's Letter to Yahoo
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
MSFT-YHOO: Analysts' First Take: Agreement Likely; Major Premium For Yahoo's Core Assets  —  Flash analyst commentary on the deal is starting to come in.  Expect a lot more discussion today and in the days ahead.  We'll update as we get more:  — Imran Khan, JP Morgan: Quick reactions …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
MSFT-YHOO: Combo Would Hasten The Mainstreaming Of Digital Advertising
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
InfoWorld:
Flash price drop spurring innovation  —  A massive decline in the price of NAND flash memory, the chips that store photos in digital cameras and music in iPods, is prompting innovation among companies trying to increase sales.  —  A few of the items users are likely to see more widespread …
Discussion: Electronista and TechSpot News
Joe Minihane / Gadget news and reviews:
New Playstation 3 this autumn?  —  Our man in the US has hunted down news of a size zero version of Sony's killer home hub.  —  Trawling the CES show last month, we happened across a rather juicy piece of gadget gossip.  —  According to a particularly well-informed insider …
 
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