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11:55 PM ET, May 3, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Withdraws Proposal to Acquire Yahoo!  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc.  —  Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO).
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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 News.com.
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Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Bid; Walks Away From Deal (Updated)  —  Microsoft will announce shortly that they have withdrawn their offer to acquire Yahoo.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 …
Yahoo!:
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Internet company issued the following statement today in response to Microsoft Corporation's announcement that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Yahoo!:
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 said 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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft To Yahoo: Take a Hike!  —  A few days ago I had pointed out that Microsoft's bid for Yahoo was a checkmate kind of a move: Yahoo couldn't win from this attack.  Today, by pulling its bid for the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based search company, Microsoft proved that again …
Discussion: Mark Evans and Changing Way
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
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)”
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Walking From Yahoo Deal, Will Not Pursue Hostile  —  Microsoft (MSFT) is withdrawing its bid for Yahoo (YHOO).  It will not pursue a hostile proxy battle.  —  Microsoft raised its bid to $33.  Yahoo's board wanted $37 (Jerry Yang and David Filo reportedly wanted $38.)
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Odd Couple Meetings Led Nowhere
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Ballmer to Yang: Dear Jerry, Drop Dead
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft says proxy battle not worth it
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo's Tough Week Ahead
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo breaks the wrist, Microsoft walks away
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Microsoft walks away from Yahoo!
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MicroHoo: Hasta La Vista, Hotmail?
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
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 …
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