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6:05 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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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.
Mercury News:
Microsoft talking with Yahoo again: possible deal related to search ad business?  —  Yahoo and Microsoft have resumed talks in the wake of a shareholder rebellion launched by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, but this time the discussions are focusing on a deal short of outright acquisition.
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!:
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
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!
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Enter New Talks
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Slashdot
CNET News.com:
Kevin Johnson's letter on Microsoft's updated online strategy
Discussion: Mashable!
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft considering alternative Yahoo deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table
Discussion: GigaOM
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.
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 …
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.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
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
Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Blogging 2.0: It's All About The User  —  Another weekend means another bitchmeme, and this weekend it was all about FriendFeed.  Scoble has a good summary of the debate so I won't rehash it all, but I did want to throw something into the mix:  —  Ultimately it's all about the user.
Discussion: Colin Walker
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
When Outlook Gets Personal, It Gets Clear Context  —  ClearContext, a San Francisco-based start-up whose Outlook inbox management plugin was recommended by us in the past, has released the beta of their product of ClearContext Personal.  It is also a free Outlook add-in that help organize email and inbox management.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Video Could be Glimpse of Future Sony Ericsson Xperia Cellphones  —  We've been following the off-again, on-again news about Sony Ericsson's upcoming Xperia X1 smartphone for a while: Blam even managed to get his mits on one.  But now there's this video doing the intertube rounds that may be showing …
New York Times:
Online Search Ads Faring Better Than Expensive Displays  —  In the past few years, Web publishers have made a big bet on booming online advertising revenues.  But the economic slowdown may be throwing a wrench into those plans.  —  While search advertising remains strong …
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)
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 …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
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David Carr / New York Times:
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Discussion: paidContent.org, Gawker and Beet.TV
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter Come Back  —  Over the past week, Twitter has been up and down several times.
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Discussion: TechRadar.com and Digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Firefox 3 RC 1: A Guided Tour
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and TechSpot
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
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Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
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