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8:30 PM ET, May 4, 2008

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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, BoomTown, BBC NEWS and Digg
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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.
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 …
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.
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ballmer's Out?  When Pigs Fly!  —  The blogosphere immediately jumped all over the inevitable meme that after the Yahoo (YHOO) deal fell apart, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer's job was at risk.  —  What with the problems with the new Vista operating system and the general feeling …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Prepares For A Black Monday  —  As everyone digests yesterday's extraordinary news around Microsoft's withdrawal of their Yahoo bid, the big rumor around the valley is the Yahoo is frantically trying to negotiate a deal with Google to outsource search advertising and get it announced before the markets open tomorrow.
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
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Steve Gillmor / The Gillmor Gang:
Gillmor Gang Emergency Edition 05.03.08
Discussion: Outside the Lines and DealBook
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
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 …
Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
4 million iTunes songs disappear, speculations abound  —  Last week, Apple's iTunes Store turned 5 years old.  Now the blogosphere is buzzing with the fact that Apple said they had over “10 million” songs in their library, then later changed the page to say “6 million.”
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why decentralizing Twitter is so important  —  At dinner last night, Scott Rosenberg, researching his history of blogging book, said he couldn't find any trace of the original version of Tim Berners-Lee's original site, info.cern.ch. I found this amazing.  —  When I was maintaining …
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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NINE INCH NAILS: New Song Available For Free Download
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