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7:35 PM ET, May 18, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo!  —  Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — May 18, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today issued the following statement:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft To Buy Just Yahoo's Search Business?  —  Will Microsoft now just buy Yahoo's search business instead of the whole company?  —  Ah, what are weekends for?  —  Why, announcing another non-deal deal-this time, sources said, is related to search-in the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover pas de deux, of course!
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
If Icahn Can't Get Microsoft Back To Table Before Shareholder Meeting, He'll Lose Proxy Fight  —  The next move in the Yahoo-Microsoft-Icahn saga is Carl Icahn's: He has to get Microsoft back to the negotiating table in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, he'll do everything he can to suggest …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: We don't have to buy Yahoo outright; Is it joint venture time?  —  Microsoft on Sunday issued a statement that opens the door to a partnership with Yahoo, but not an acquisition.  —  Now Microsoft is talking some sense (Techmeme).  —  The 20-second version of this Microhoo drama so far.
Discussion: Forbes and Search Engine Journal
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
In Reversal, Microsoft Proposes New Deal to Yahoo  —  Microsoft has proposed a complex new deal with Yahoo that would involve collaboration between their online advertising businesses but would not involve a full takeover, Microsoft said on Sunday.  —  Microsoft released a brief statement …
Discussion: Epicenter
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Survey: One-fifth of Americans have never used e-mail  —  The digital divide is apparently alive and well.  —  About 20 percent of all U.S. heads-of-household have never sent an e-mail, and about 20 million households, or 18 percent, are without Internet access, according to a study released earlier this week.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Hyperconnected vs. 84% of Everyone Else on Earth  —  Two studies that crossed my screen tonight here in London point to a widening digital divide.  I am not referring to the gap between those who are online and everyone else.  The gulf I am addressing here is between those who are fully engaged with the web and, well, Earth.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google News has no noise  —  I'm a noise junkie.  I used to be a news junkie, but I've hung out with the world's top journalists enough now to see that the good ones are noise junkies.  They are the types that head into a crowded party and listen to pitch after pitch (noise) …
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Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek:   The Noise About FriendFeed Noise  —  I'm actually enjoying the “noise” of FriendFeed.
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Don't Be So Naive: Friendfeed Adds to the Noise
Discussion: Scobleizer and notes, thoughts …
Kevin Johnson / CNET News.com:
Kevin Johnson's letter on updated online strategy  —  As Microsoft returns to the table with Yahoo for a deal that might include Yahoo's search business, Windows and Windows Live chief Kevin Johnson sent this letter updating his team on an updated online and advertising strategy.
Mark Evans:
I Hate to be Rude But...  I don't want to join Boxbe, Spock or Diigo or, for that matter, any of the social network/knowledge-sharing/e- mail services that people have been nice enough to extend invitations recently.  —  It's good to be asked but there's already enough social stuff on my plate …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Observations on Twitterdom  —  Twitter and tweeting are rapidly becoming part of the lexicon, at least among the digerati who have discovered the jouissance of followers and following.  Twitter hasn't unleashed a unique technology, but an inspired broadcast pivot on existing messaging models.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Bill's Gold Watch  —  Bill Gates is sure taking his sweet time retiring.  While he is busy hyping yet another Microsoft research project to the CEO Summit, Google has vaulted several huge steps ahead in the cloud infrastructure battle with Friend Connect.  Mike Arrington's audience …
 
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