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7:10 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.
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!:
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.
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!
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: We don't have to buy Yahoo outright; Is it joint venture time?
Discussion: Forbes
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Microsoft considering alternative Yahoo deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo, Microsoft Back At The Table
Discussion: GigaOM
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 …
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: Googling Google and Mashable!
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: WebGuild and paidContent.org
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louisgray.com:
Blogging 2.0 Causing Friction With 1.0 Bloggers  —  Duncan Riley is on a roll.  After a multitude of posts from around the Web this weekend once again debating whether comments away from the blog were a good thing, or if new Web services like Twitter and FriendFeed were useful or were instead creating …
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Duncan Riley / The Inquisitr:
Blogging 2.0: It's All About The User
Discussion: Colin Walker
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.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
RISC vs. CISC in the mobile era  —  Meanwhile, back in the day...  Back in 1998, when I first began covering hardware at the newly launched Ars Technica, much of my writing focused on issues raised by the raging Mac vs. PC flame wars that took place in computing forums across the Internet.
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: VentureBeat
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.
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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Cara Anna / Associated Press:
China allows bloggers, others to spread quake news
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