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9:00 AM ET, May 19, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Scobleizer and metarand
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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:
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?
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Yahoo Enter New Talks
Discussion: BloggingStocks, WebProNews and Slashdot
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft: We don't have to buy Yahoo outright; Is it joint venture time?
Discussion: Forbes
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 …
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Financial Times:
Yahoo could lose Bebo ads deal  —  Yahoo is in danger of being edged out of a landmark advertising deal with Bebo as the social networking site plans to begin using technology developed by AOL, its new owner.  —  AOL will on Monday mark the completion of the $850m acquisition with news …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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!
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 and Electronista
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple in Mobile Music Negotiations... for WWDC?  —  NYTimes' Technology blog reports that Apple is currently in active negotiations with music labels about providing more mobile music content on their iTunes store.  —  One executive quoted specifically states that “[Apple wants] …
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
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
ClearContext's Stab At Making Email More Manageable  —  It might not be as sexy as Xobni, but Outlook users who find that plugin useful should check out ClearContext Personal.  It too intends to make email more manageable, albeit with a greater focus on projects than people …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   When Outlook Gets Personal, It Gets Clear Context
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
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Jupiter's Bobby Tulsiani: How Web Video Drives Broadcast Views  —  Bobby Tulsiani, who covers the online video space for JupiterResearch, says that the networks and film studios can build television brands through an online offering of content.  He explains the importance of finding a balance.
InfoWorld:
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: CNET News.com
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.
AUO Online:
AU Optronics Unveils World's First Curved Display Technology  —  A series of mobile device technologies to be showcased at SID Display Week 2008  —  AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the “Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) is unveiling today the world's first* Curved Display Technology on glass substrate.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Engadget
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
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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