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7:50 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: BoomTown, DealBook and BBC NEWS
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 …
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.
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
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08
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
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
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) …
Fred / A VC:
Where Will YHOO Close At On Monday Afternoon?  —  I voted already and voted for $26/share.  I think Microsoft has shown how much value Yahoo has and the market will reflect that once it thinks this through.  —  And please feel free to embed this poll in your blog.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and /Message
Sarah Lacy:
Valley-Ho!  —  If there's one theme that I've thought about, talked about and written about the most over my career covering tech and finance it's the debate of whether you need to relocate to Silicon Valley to be successful.  In my case, there's no doubt I've had a better career …
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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