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6:20 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
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.
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
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Dissident Yahoo shareholder plans vote campaign  —  Dissident Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) shareholder Eric Jackson said on Sunday he plans to urge Yahoo shareholders to withhold votes from all directors at their annual meeting because the company failed to cut a deal with Microsoft Corp …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Yahoo (YHOO) Should Go Ahead With Google Outsourcing Deal (GOOG)  —  Yahoo's search partnership with Google (GOOG) played a major role in allowing the company to fight off Microsoft (MSFT).  By offering the hope of immediately higher cash flow, it should also stop Yahoo's stock price from falling back to the teens.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: The Odd Couple Meetings Led Nowhere  —  After today's events, I guess you could say Yahoo and Microsoft tried, holding a series of meetings about a possible takeover that ended up proving exactly how incompatible the companies were.  —  Kind of like Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, but not funny in any way at all.
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 and Digital Daily
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.
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!
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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
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
 
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