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9:50 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.
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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.
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?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft to Buy Just Yahoo's Search Business?
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
In Reversal, Microsoft Proposes New Deal to Yahoo
Discussion: BloggingStocks
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 …
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.
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Arn / MacRumors:   Apple in Mobile Music Negotiations... for WWDC?
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
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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: TechTicker and Colin Walker
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Rohati Launches Security Appliance for Compliance  —  Today, a new data center appliance launches from San Jose, Calif. startup Rohati Systems.  The appliance monitors the flow of traffic in the network and uses information gleaned from the data packets to enforce various entitlement …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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: jkOnTheRun and WMExperts
InfoWorld:
Mass SQL injection attack targets Chinese Web sites  —  Web sites across China and Taiwan are being hit by a mass SQL injection attack that has implanted malware in thousands of Web sites, according to a security company in Taiwan.  —  First detected on May 13, the attack is coming …
Discussion: Zero Day and Dancho Danchev's Blog
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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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.
 
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