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Microsoft has no plans to buy Yahoo! (this time)

A few seconds after Google kicked Yahoo! to the curb by severing an agreement to place AdSense ads on Yahoo! search pages, folks started speculating that Yahoo! might go crawling back to Microsoft. The two companies had engaged in extensive talks earlier this year. But Yahoo! rejected Microsoft's initial buyout offer and everything went downhill from there. Now Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a...

Twitter reportedly buying Summize

There have been reports flying around Twitter and several prominent blogs that Twitter is making a move to acquire Summize, a popular Twitter search engine. In case this is the first you're hearing about Summize, here's a rundown of what it does. It can search Twitter for any string -- most importantly, an @name -- which makes it indispensable when Twitter's tracking function is down. Second, it...

Yahoo may align with Google against Microsoft's takeover proposal

On Friday, we reported that Microsoft was attempting to acquire Yahoo, offering the company $44.6 billion for the takeover. Google isn't taking the new threat lightly, so Google's CEO Eric Schmidt called Yahoo's CEO Jerry Yang on Sunday. Schmidt offered any help he could in order to prevent the buyout. But it's possible this may be a ploy by Yahoo to get Microsoft to raise the bidding price. ...

Facebook and Microsoft getting cosy?

There's been persistent rumours for as long as we can remember about Facebook being the object of Yahoo!'s desire, with founder Mark Zuckerberg reportedly turning down offers in the region of $2 BILLION. Yes, two billion dollars. However Microsoft, apparently keen to make inroads with their some-what floundering Windows Live initiatives, is rumoured to be wanting Facebook, and badly. So badly...

Microsoft resumes Yahoo! acquisition talks to the tune of $50 billion

No, that headline wasn't a mis-print, and those year-old rumors we reported are turning out to be true: Microsoft has asked Yahoo! to resume acquisition talks, and this time the big shiny number is a whopping $50 billion. Redmond must not have been too happy with losing that battle for DoubleClick to Google, as Mashable is reporting that combining both advertising and search powers with Yahoo! are...

Napster considers selling itself

It appears that Napster might be ready to say uncle, ZDNet is reporting. The company has stated they "do not have our heads in the sand regarding an M&A (merger and acquisition) transaction", which is more or less a nice way of saying they just might be licked. Over the march quarter their 512,000 strong subscriber base fell 7 percent as they transitioned to its free website model, but...

Microsoft acquires Winternals, Sysinternals

Today Microsoft announced that it has acquired Winternals Software, maker of data recovery and protections software, as well as free Windows utility site Sysinternals. The acquisition will include Mark Russinovich, Winternals and Sysinternals founder, who will come to Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's title for "someone whose technical vision, expertise, and world-class leadership is...