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10:50 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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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  —  Microsoft Makes Unexpected $44.6B Offer for Internet Icon Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
DrewHasselback / FP Posted:
Text of Microsoft's letter to Yahoo!'s board  —  Here is the text of the letter that Microsoft sent to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors:  —  Board of Directors  —  Yahoo! Inc.  —  701 First Avenue  —  Sunnyvale, CA 94089  —  Attention: Roy Bostock, Chairman  —  Attention: Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Why Microhoo: To stop the Google machine  —  I am on the conference call with Steve Ballmer (CEO), Chris Liddell (CFO), Kevin Johnson (President PSD), and Ray Ozzie (Chief Software Architect).  Chairman Bill Gates is sitting this one out, a sign of his pending departure from the day-to-day grind in Redmond.
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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
Discussion: Journalistopia
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Yahoo's Semel Steps Down As Chairman
Discussion: TechCrunch
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Bids $31 for Yahoo (MSFT/YHOO)
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DealBook:
Microsoft's Letter to Yahoo
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Associated Press:
Microsoft offers $44.6 billion for Yahoo
Discussion: DailyTech
DealBook:
Microsoft Makes $44.6 Billion Bid for Yahoo
Discussion: Profy.Com and VoIP Watch
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bids for Yahoo
Discussion: Valleywag and Feld Thoughts
CNN:
Microsoft proposes to buy Yahoo for $31/share
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Offers To Buy Yahoo
Discussion: eWeek
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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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
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InfoWorld:
Micron, Intel speed up flash memory
Discussion: 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 …
Discussion: Engadget
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Haroon Malik / Gizmodo:
Slim PS3 is Heading for Shelves this Autumn?
Discussion: Electronista
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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