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12:35 AM ET, May 5, 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 that 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 …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Yang betting on Y!Open to save Yahoo!  —  In a memo to Yahoo employees, co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang asked his troops to redouble their efforts and to focus on executing what he called the most important transition in the company's history.  It was the expected post-game motivational speech …
Discussion: CNET
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Yahoo's AOL, Google deals still in the works
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Yahoo, News Corp talks have “cooled”: source
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
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sun adds support for Amazon Web services, targets start-ups  —  Sun is aiming squarely at the start-up market, making several database and server related moves it hopes will lock start-ups into its services early on.  —  First, Sun is offering support to companies that integrate Sun's open …
Discussion: InfoWorld and CNET
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
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
The Ala Carting of Video on the Net - Will it lead to disaster ?  —  Craig Moffett of Bernstein Research wrote an amazing report entitled And Now for the News...The Emperor Has No Clothes".  If you can get a copy, read it.  Starting with the disappointing but expected news that journalism …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Xobni launches email organizer for Outlook  —  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 you profiles of the people you're corresponding with.
Discussion: New York Times, Xobni and Gabor's Blog
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Facebook Apps: Why they're focused on fun instead of utility  —  There's recently been some discussion that Facebook apps are silly and pointless, as proven by the categorization of apps on Facebook.  The question is, why is this true?  —  Ben Rattray from recently sent me a great e-mail …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Publisher Tested the Waters Online, Then Dove In  —  It may be a niche publisher, but the International Data Group has been working out the answers to some big mainstream questions.  The biggest one: Can print media survive the transition to the Internet?  —  The question has taken on new urgency lately.
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 …
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