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11:30 PM ET, May 4, 2008


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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.
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 …
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 …
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Ballmer now looking for other companies to not buy
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 BoomTown
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Yahoo's AOL, Google deals still in the works  —  Microsoft may no longer be breathing down its neck, but Yahoo is still working on major deals with Google and Time Warner's AOL that could significantly alter the Internet pioneer.  —  The nearer-term possibility is a partnership to use Google …
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Yahoo, News Corp talks have “cooled”: source
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Amazon, Sun Coming Out From the Cloud  —  Sun Microsystems is getting ready to talk about its cloud computing efforts, including some kind of a deal with Amazon for its Amazon Web Services, according to CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who delivered a short keynote at Startup Camp in San Francisco.
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, I found this amazing.  —  When I was maintaining …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Wall Street Journal:
Deutsche Telekom Considers Bid for Sprint  —  Purchase Would Aid  —  Effort to Move Beyond A Tough Home Market  —  By MIKE ESTERL in Frankfurt and DANA CIMILLUCA and in London  —  Deutsche Telekom AG is weighing a bid to acquire Sprint Nextel Corp. that could catapult …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xobni, the email organizer for Outlook, launches publicly  —  Xobni, the San Francisco company we raved about last year that offers a way to better organize your email from Outlook, is launching publicly with its test version.  —  Its key feature is a sidebar in your inbox that shows …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Frederic / The Last Podcast:
FriendFeed Has Moved the Conversation Away From Twitter  —  I didn't bother writing about the Microsoft/Yahoo non-deal yesterday - there are others more qualified to take apart the minutia of this event.  —  What was interesting to me yesterday, though (and apparently also to Robert Scoble) …
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, and
NINE INCH NAILS: New Song Available For Free Download
Discussion: Podcasting News
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