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12:00 AM ET, May 19, 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!
Yahoo!:
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!:
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.
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 paidContent.org
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
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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft considering alternative Yahoo deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table
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
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 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 …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   Why FriendFeed will go mainstream (Part II)
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 …
Discussion: Digg
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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