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10:50 PM ET, May 3, 2008


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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft pulls its Yahoo offer  —  Update 5 p.m. PDT: Microsoft has made its move official.  Click here for the story and here for the text of a letter Ballmer sent to Yang.  —  Microsoft is withdrawing its offer for Yahoo after talks between the two companies broke down on Saturday, a source told CNET
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal (Updated)  —  Microsoft will announce shortly that they have withdrawn their offer to acquire Yahoo.  Talks between the two companies and their advisors broke down earlier today, according to a source close to Microsoft …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BREAKING: MICROSOFT WALKS  —  After a months-long standoff, Microsoft (MSFT) has abandoned its bid for Yahoo (YHOO), people involved in the discussions today.  —  Microsoft confirmed to BoomTown that talks between the two companies, which have been taking place all week, collapsed Saturday when they could not agree on a price.
New York Times:
Microsoft Withdraws Its Bid for Yahoo  —  Microsoft said Saturday that it was abandoning its blockbuster bid to acquire Yahoo after the two companies could not agree on a price.  —  The breakdown in the talks followed a meeting on Saturday morning in Seattle between Microsoft's chief executive …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Analysis of the Microsoft Decision, Plus Yahoo's Hari-Kari  —  Here is my first-cut analysis of what has happened here:  — On the friendly front, Yahoo drew a hard line at $37 per share, well above the $33 that Microsoft now says it told Yahoo this week it was willing to go
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo breaks the wrist, Microsoft walks away  —  Microsoft is pulling its offer to buy Yahoo and walking away, a source tells CNET [it is now confirmed, update below].  The two sides, which had been in negotiations this weekend hoping for a deal, possibly as early as next week …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Email From Steve Ballmer To All Microsoft Employees  —  The following email was sent to all Microsoft employees from CEO Steve Ballmer at 5:17 pm PDT (see Breaking: Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal):  —  To: “Microsoft - All Employees (QBDG)”
Discussion: VentureBeat and Beyond Binary
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Microsoft walks away from Yahoo!  —  Yahoo! Google strategem pays no dividends  —  Microsoft today abandoned attempts to buy Yahoo!, after a short weekend of negotiations in which it raised its offer by $5bn to $33 a share.  —  Microsoft still thinks the deal makes sense but not at the price that the Yahoo! board wants.
Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Roy Bostock, Chairman of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company issued the following statement today in response to Microsoft Corporation's announcement that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo!:
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft says proxy battle not worth it
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft To Yahoo: Take a Hike!
Discussion: Mark Evans
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ballmer to Yang: Dear Jerry, Drop Dead
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Walking From Yahoo Deal, Will Not Pursue Hostile
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and DealBook
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel: “Web 2.0"-style cloud computing just a passing vapor  —  Let's say that you're Intel, and you spent $5.5 billion in capital expenditures in 2007, much of it on the 45nm transition, and all of it for the purpose of beating rivals at delivering performance-per-watt increases across a range …
Steven Musil / CNET
Cubans line up to buy their first legal PCs  —  Perhaps the days of looking at Cuba as the island that technology forgot are beginning to wane.  —  Late last month, President Raul Castro's government lifted the ban on ordinary citizens from owning a cell phone and getting cell service …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and WebGuild
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
Cuba puts first computers on sale to the public
Discussion: CrunchGear
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