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6:40 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.
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 and 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
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
The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Nightmare Scenario: I'm From Google and I'm Here to Help!
Discussion: Groundswell, CNET News.com and DealBook
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   Report: A peek behind the Yahoo-Microsoft meltdown
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 and Slashdot
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
Geek And Poke:
The Long Way To Mainstream  —  NUMBERS  —  Want to think with me about transcendental numbers?  Check out my new blog.  —  CHECK OUT!  — Kolumnist des Jahres  —  If you can read German than this blog is a must.  It's nothing less than the foundation of the new “Neckarauer Schule”.
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
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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