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1:45 AM ET, May 19, 2008


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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:
Yahoo! Remains Open to Value Maximizing Transactions  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Microsoft Corporation that it is continuing to review potential transactions with Yahoo!:
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!
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Enter New Talks  —  A WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE NEWS ROUNDUP  —  Microsoft Corp. said that it is considering an agreement with Yahoo Inc. and opened up the possibility that it would consider buying part of the Internet company.  —  In a statement, Microsoft said that it is …
Discussion: BloggingStocks
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft And Yahoo Apparently Back At The Bargaining Table
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft considering alternative Yahoo deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft on Yahoo: Internal Memo From Kevin Johnson  —  Just prior to Microsoft's annual advertising conference advance08, Kevin Johnson, president of the company's Platforms & Services Division, sent the following strategy update to PSD employees.  —  From: Kevin Johnson  —  To: Platforms & Services Division
Discussion: GigaOM and
Kevin Johnson / CNET
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.
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
Why WetPaint & Other UGC Sites Get Big Money  —  First the money flowed to social sites like Facebook that showed the world how to get users to interact.  Then it moved on to “roll your own” platforms like Ning that allowed people to build their own social microsites.
Brooke Crothers / CNET
AMD sets new game PC specifications  —  Advanced Micro Devices will try to make buying a game PC more like selecting a game console.  —  “AMD Game” will put badging on game PCs and set minimum standards for PCs that carry these badges.  The idea is to allow gamers to select a PC like they would an Xbox 360 game console model.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TG Daily, I4U News and Engadget
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) …
Steven Musil / CNET
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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Hyperconnected vs. 84% of Everyone Else on Earth
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
David Carr / New York Times:
Geeks Crash a House of Fashion  —  Of all the dot-com publishing franchises, Wired seemed the most likely to end up as road kill on a superhighway it helped create.  —  The seminal artifact of the Web 1., it was bought by Condé Nast Publications in 1998 and then lost two-thirds …
Discussion: and Beet.TV
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why FriendFeed won't go mainstream (Part I)  —  Robert Blum got me to call him an idiot because of this Tweet: “FriendFeed only helps if you're dedicating your life to following yet another web site.”  —  Chris Saad took the conversation in a different direction with this Tweet …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why FriendFeed will go mainstream (Part II)
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter Come Back  —  Over the past week, Twitter has been up and down several times.  As I wrote about each outage, I started to realize just how attached I am to Twitter and how much it hurts when it's down.  So I decided to create a song and music video.  —  WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO »
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