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5:50 PM ET, May 4, 2008

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Leaving Las Yahoo: Microsoft's $5 Billion Mistake?  —  If Microsoft's walkaway from the Yahoo deal is indeed a ploy to save $5 billion, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have proven himself pennywise and pound foolish.  He was prepared to spend billions to finally make Microsoft a serious rival to Google.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Does Ballmer Need To Go?  —  Microsoft's dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions.  What happens to Yahoo now?  What happens to Microsoft?  Or is this just a tactic to drive down the price of Yahoo's shares …
Discussion: DealBook and BoomTown
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
After Deal Dies, Yahoo Weighs Its Next Move  —  SAN FRANCISCO — How low will Yahoo's stock go on Monday?  And how long will it stay there?  —  These questions are high in the minds of Yahoo shareholders, and probably its management, as the company considers its options after Microsoft's decision …
Discussion: Digital Daily
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Ballmer now looking for other companies to not buy  —  So Peter Oppenheimer has been our point man watching the Microhoo deal, and he's predicted all along that it wouldn't ever take place, for reasons I first pointed out in my now-classic essay entitled Monkey Boy's three-legged race.
Discussion: About Mobility Weblog
Who da'Punk / Mini-Microsoft:
Microsoft Walks On By - Yahoo!  —  Well slap my ass and call me Judy!  Microsoft is walking away from acquiring Yahoo!  —  Hot Damn and Yahoo! … While sanity did not prevail in making this crazy offer, sanity prevailed in not doing whatever it took to make the Yahoo! acquisition happen.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Withdraws Yahoo Offer After Attempt to Bridge Gap in Price  —  Microsoft Corp. said it abandoned its offer for Yahoo Inc., as the two companies failed to bridge a gap between them on price.  —  Microsoft Saturday released a letter from Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Report: A peek behind the Yahoo-Microsoft meltdown
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario: I'm From Google and I'm Here to Help!
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Issues Statement in Response to Microsoft
Discussion: InformationWeek
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 overview and video  —  After giving the new IdeaPad U110 its 15 minutes of fame in front of the camera, we got down to business.  The 11.1-inch ultraportable is built like a tank — a really, really lightweight tank.  The uniquely-designed lid and (overly) …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Lenovo IdeaPad U110 unboxing and hands-on
Discussion: Tech Blog
Daniel Cochlin / Daily Mail:
Robobug goes to war: Troops to use electronic insects to spot enemy ‘by end of the year’  —  It may have seemed like just another improbable scene from a Hollywood sci-fi flick - Tom Cruise battling against an army of robotic spiders intent on hunting him down.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Nine Inch Nails Give Away New Single on Facebook  —  In March, the Nine Inch Nails released their album ‘Ghosts’ under a non-commercial Creative Commons license, meaning that it can be shared freely.  The band confirmed that they had uploaded the album themselves to sites like The Pirate Bay, Waffles.fm and What.cd.
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BLABBERMOUTH.NET:
NINE INCH NAILS: New Song Available For Free Download
Discussion: Podcasting News
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Analysis of the Microsoft Decision, Part II: What's Next?  —  So, what happens next?  Microsoft has walked away from Yahoo, or at least from its current takeover offer, and is saying it will move forward organically — and said word with its reek of cattle feces is appropriate here.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Tech-On! : tech news:
Sony Unveils Ultrasmall Hybrid Fuel Cell  —  Sony Corp prototyped a fuel-cell system small enough to fit in one hand.  The size of the system is about 50 × 30mm, which was realized by combining a fuel cell, Li-polymer secondary battery, control circuit and so forth.
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Digg
Corvida / SheGeeks:
Twitter 101: Clarifying The Rules For Newbies  —  Lots of Twitter guides tell you what you should do, but rarely explain how it should be done.  —  When joining Twitter, finding a “tweeting”, or messaging, balance will be rocky at first.  Don't worry, that's expected and we've all been through it.
 
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