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9:25 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, it is related to search-in the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover pas de deux, of course!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table  —  Microsoft and Yahoo are back at the table, Microsoft says today.  In a press statement, the company says: … This is clearly in response to Carl Icahn's bid to replace the Yahoo board and bring the company back to the table at Yahoo …
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 …
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 …
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
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft considering alternative Yahoo deal
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.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Microsoft on Yahoo: Internal Memo From Kevin Johnson
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) …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why FriendFeed will go mainstream (Part II)  —  In the first part of this two-post series you read my ideas on why FriendFeed won't go mainstream.  In this part I get to answer why it will go mainstream.  —  First, something funny: Thomas Hawk just posted this to FriendFeed: " …
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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 and Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Enters List of 100 Most Popular Webites  —  The Pirate Bay is the second BitTorrent site that has managed to get a spot among the 100 most visited (97) domains on the Internet.  The BitTorrent tracker has good company in this prestigious list, as it brushes shoulders with sites such as Google …
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