Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Microsoft will buy Facebook and keep it closed — It no longer is about Data Portability or Social Graph Portability, if you will. — I'm hearing these rumors too that John Furrier (my ex-boss) is reporting. That Microsoft will buy Yahoo's search and then buy Facebook for $15 to $20 billion.
Discussion: The Inquisitr, All Facebook, Umair Haque, Webomatica, I4U News, Adrants, GigaOM, Search Engine Land, Tech Confidential, Search Engine Journal, Download Squad, Epicenter, WebGuild, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog, CenterNetworks, Between the Lines, VentureBeat, Alice Hill's Real Tech News, Data Center Knowledge, Coop's Corner, TechCrunch, Windows-Now.com and The Blogging Times
JR Raphael / The Inquisitr: New Rumors Of Microsoft-Facebook Purchase
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook: Robert Scoble's $45 Billion Website
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica: Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook: It's A Great Time To Be A Mac User
Steve Hall / Adrants: Microsoft to Close Web With Yahoo Search, Facebook?
Om Malik / GigaOM: Kevin Johnson's Memo on Yahoo & Their Strategy
Alain Sherter / Tech Confidential: Microsoft and Yahoo! in talks over revised deal
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Microsoft: We're not done with Yahoo! yet
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter: Yahoo Gets the Message; Scrambles to Make Nice With Shareholders
Joseph Hunkins / WebGuild: Microsoft to Yahoo With A Little Bit Pregnant Plan
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks: Microsoft Proposes New Deal With Yahoo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Microsoft: We don't have to buy Yahoo outright; Is it joint venture time?
Michael Santo / Alice Hill's Real Tech News: Microsoft / Yahoo! 2.0? Microsoft Considers New Yahoo! Deal
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge: Microsoft May Seek New Yahoo Combination
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner: MS to Yahoo: Never say never
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com: Microsoft May Still Buy Part of Yahoo!
Dominic Rivera / The Blogging Times: Microsoft Courting Yahoo Anew
John Furrier / Furrier.org:
Silicon Valley Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Search and Then Facebook — My sources say that the Yahoo and Microsoft teams are bunkered down in a Palo Alto hotel hammering out the final stages of a transaction that will have Microsoft picking up the Yahoo search business. Word is that this deal will be done this week.
Discussion: Download Squad, DailyTech, Between the Lines, Search Engine Journal, STARTUP CHATTER, Digital Daily, Outside the Lines, Search Engine Land, Tech Check with Jim Goldman, Tech Trader Daily, Yahoo!, The Mac Observer, TechCrunch, TECH.BLORGE.com, Windows Connected, Contentinople, ReadWriteWeb, Searchviews, I'm Not Actually a Geek, Microsoft News Tracker, Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim, Valleywag, Tech Ticker, Electronista, BetaNews, WebProNews, Techdirt, Profy.Com, The Register, metarand, BoomTown, All about Microsoft, CNET News.com, SEO and Tech Daily, Web Worker Daily, I4U News and Tech Beat
Brad Linder / Download Squad: Yahoo! and Microsoft start a new dance
Jason Mick / DailyTech: Flip-Flop? Microsoft Back in Talks With Yahoo
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Microsoft: Doing Facebook, Yahoo search two-step to set up Google showdown?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: He's Just Not That Into You, Steve: The No-Excuses Truth to …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines: Playing out Microsoft's online strategy
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land: MicroHoo Act III: Microsoft Looks For A Piece Of Yahoo, Yahoo Offers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Microsoft v. Yahoo: This Isn't Even Funny Any More
Triston McIntyre / TECH.BLORGE.com: Will Microsoft acquire Yahoo! and Facebook to defeat Google?
Erin Barker / Contentinople: News Bits: OMG CBS Is Not a Slut
Hutch Carpenter / I'm Not Actually a Geek: Hey Yahoo! Forget MSFT, GOOG. Change the Search Rules.
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Microsoft and Yahoo reopen discussions
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim: Microsoft's New Deal Targets Yahoo's “Milk” - Will it Go Sour?
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag: Report: Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo's search business
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews: Microsoft cobbles together a ‘Plan C’ for online search
David A. Utter / WebProNews: Microsoft's Yahoo Alternative
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: And... They're Back: Microsoft And Yahoo Talking Again
Leslie Poston / Profy.Com: Yahoo and Microsoft: On Again, Off Again Love Affair
John Oates / The Register: Microsoft! offers! Yahoo! less!
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Microsoft to Buy Just Yahoo's Search Business?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft: Microsoft and Yahoo: A new deal in the works?
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com: Microsoft and Yahoo re-enter talks
Charlie Anzman / SEO and Tech Daily: He Can if he wants - Icahn - MicroHoo - enough?
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily: Microsoft and Yahoo!: Not Over Yet?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: Microsoft just buying a Piece of Yahoo now?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Carl: MicroHooGooCahnFace — Will Microsoft really fork over more than $15 billion to buy Facebook? — Or will it come back to the fractured table with Yahoo to buy parts of it or perhaps partner with it? — And Yahoo, oh woefully punch-drunk Yahoo-must it make a deal with Microsoft …
Discussion: GigaOM and Tech Tracks
Benjamin J. Romano / Tech Tracks: Microsoft pursuing new deal with Yahoo
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
Microsoft and Facebook will never succeed in locking down part of the web
Microsoft and Facebook will never succeed in locking down part of the web
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AOL-Bebo: $850M Deal Closes; AOL Combines Bebo, AIM, ICQ Into People Networks Headed By Shields — It's official—AOL (NYSE: TWX) now owns Bebo, closing the $850 million acquisition roughly two months after making it public. The social media network will not stand on its own; instead …
Discussion: MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer, BoomTown, AppScout, TechCrunch, The Inquisitr and MarketingShift
Shelly Palmer / MediaBytes with Shelly Palmer: 2008 05-19 MediaBytes: China …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Long Live AOL's People Networks! (Or Better Red Than Dead?)
Brian Heater / AppScout: AOL Closes Bebo Purchase
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch: More Yahoo woe: Bye, bye Bebo
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr: AOL Finalizes Bebo Acquisition
AOL Completes Acquisition Of Global Social Media Network Bebo — Company Announces New AOL People Networks Business Unit, Led by Joanna Shields — AOL Focused on Growth in Three Key Areas - Publishing, People Networks and Advertising — NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AOL announced …
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Financial Times
Om Malik / GigaOM: Bebo is AOLed, Randy Falco Memo
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!: AIM + Bebo: A Great Idea, Five Years Ago
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com: AOL closes Bebo deal
Rajas Moonka / Official Google Blog:
Opening our content network to third parties — Today, we're announcing that Google is accepting third-party advertising tags on the Google content network in North America. This will empower advertisers to work with approved third parties to serve and track display ads, including rich media ads …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog, Mashable! and Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog: Google Content Network Expands Ad Network
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com: Google opens ad network to outsiders
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: Google Enables Third Party Tracking For Content Network
Facebook CEO wants to talk with Google on Friend Connect — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to sit down with Google and work out the privacy issues that caused Facebook to block Google's Friend Connect last week, he said Monday. — “We want to talk to Google about this and see if there's …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal, eWeek, CNET News.com, BuzzMachine, My Blog Posts and Got Ads?
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com: Zuckerberg says he wants to talk with Google
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine: @Facebook @Shark: jump?
John K / Got Ads?: Google: “Facebook You Ignorant Slut”
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
After Google calls Facebook's bluff, Zuckerberg says “let's see if there's a way to make it work” [data portability] — When Google announced its ‘Friend Connect’ product to deliver social networking features to the ‘long tail’ of the Web, the option “to see, invite, and interact with …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Apple Wants More Mobile Music From Labels — As part of Apple's efforts to improve on the shortcomings of its popular iPhone, the company has approached some of the major music labels to try to expand the variety of ringtones and other musical features available on the device, several label executives said last week.
Discussion: paidContent.org, I4U News, AppleInsider, Electronista, Macsimum News, iLounge, Gizmodo and Insanely Great Mac
Dianne See Morrison / paidContent.org: Apple Needs More Mobile Music; UMG Demanding Nokia-style Comes With Music Deal?
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News: 3G iPhone to feature Over-the-air Music Downloads
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: Apple in talks on mobile music offerings
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo: Apple Cutting Deals For More Ringtones
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Mobile music to play a key role in the 3G iPhone?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Will Gmail Get Themes? — A source is telling me that Gmail will get themes - custom layouts to personalize Google's web mail client. According to the source, the launch of this may happen within the next months. There will be 12 themes to pick from, according to this information …
Discussion: The Inquisitr, Mashable!, Search Engine Journal, Geek.com and Googling Google
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!: Gmail To Get Themes Support?
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal: Google GMail Getting Themes?
Sal Cangeloso / Geek.com: Gmail getting themes soon?
Garett Rogers / Googling Google: Tipster says Gmail to get themes
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Why I called Mozilla's change to the Firefox install process “sneaky” — Seems like some of you objected to my use of the term “sneaky” to describe the change made to the install routine of Firefox 3.0 RC1, while others thought I was being too easy on Mozilla. — Two emails from the Hardware 2.0 mailbag:
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
Mobile software Monday: Opera Mobile 9.5 — One of the primary functions I perform on my mobile devices is web browsing, but until now there have always been limitations with these browsers. The iPhone had the best current browser for strictly browsing, but didn't allow you to do much else …
Discussion: UMPCPortal, jkOnTheRun, IntoMobile and WMExperts
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun: Mobile Gadgeteer reviews Opera Mobile 9.5
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile: Video: Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile review
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts: HTC Advantage 7510: Lawyered Out of the US
Mary Jane Irwin / Forbes:
Wii Gets Fitness — Like a late-night infomercial, Wii Fit sells itself as an all-in-one home fitness solution that will get the whole family exercising on a regular basis, no matter how lazy. With a menu of yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance games, it's hard to argue with the concept.
Discussion: DVICE, Opposable Thumbs, TG Daily and Engadget
Peter Pachal / DVICE: Nintendo Wii Fit finally comes to the U.S.
Andrew Webster / Opposable Thumbs: This week in game releases: May 19-25, 2008
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily: New Yorkers first to get their hands on Nintendo's Wii Fit
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget: Nintendo's Wii Fit gets official, set to launch in just two days
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Best Buy: FCC has no power to fine us over analog TVs — The nation's biggest electronics retailer has told the Federal Communications Commission that the agency lacks the authority to punish Best Buy for screwing up its digital transition TV selling rules.