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  • Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang smiles as he watches the Stanford basketball game against Washington State, Thursday, March 3, 2005 in Stanford, Calif. Yahoo! celebrated their 10th anniversary this week. David Filo and Yang founded Yahoo! as doctoral students at Stanford. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    I knew that headline would catch your attention, and it should when you're trying to figure out the vagaries of Yahoo and its dealings with Microsoft, Time-Warner, News Corp. and any of the other suitors, or vultures, out there trying to become part of the company's future.

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft Corp wants to stick with its original takeover offer for Yahoo Inc , but is not ruling out News Corp joining its bid or other options, a source close to the company said on Friday.

  • Stock fell sharply Friday, led by industrials and techs, as General Electric's earnings miss cast a gloomy haze over earnings season. The Dow finished down 2.3 percent for the week, while the S&P shed 2.7 percent and the Nasdaq lost 3.4 percent.

  • A double helping of economic data and first-quarter earnings reports will flood the zone next week, but it's the corporate earnings that will drive stocks and give a better picture of where the economy is going. If GE's bombshell earnings miss is an indicator, the news will be as nasty as traders expect.

  • Stock fell sharply Friday after General Electric missed earnings expectations, consumer confidence hit a 26-year low and U.S. import prices rose more than expected.

  • Yahoo!'s headquarters in California.

    Yahoo's board is meeting by conference call Friday afternoon and the big topic of course, is Microsoft's $42.2 billion dollar bid. The clock is ticking. Microsoft's Steve Ballmer threatened to stage a proxy fight to get the acquisition if the board doesn't take the bid, which it rejected as too low.

  • Stock fell sharply Friday after General Electric missed earnings expectations, consumer confidence hit a 26-year low and U.S. import prices rose more than expected.

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    The battle over Yahoo is creating a feeding frenzy among the media and Internet giants. Nearly two months after Microsoft made its $44.6 billion dollar bid for Yahoo, Yahoo is considering partnering with AOL while outsourcing search ad sales with Google to counter the Microsoft bid.

  • Microsoft

    Microsoft believes it has made a fair offer to acquire Yahoo and is committed to bolstering its digital advertising capabilities irrespective of the outcome, its chief operating officer said.

  • The Dow and S&P 500 snapped a two-day losing streak Thursday, led by technology stocks after an upgrade on the chip sector.

  • Stocks advanced Thursday, helped by an upgrade on the chip sector and increased forecasts from two Dow components.

  • Exterior view of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Yahoo may have played its top two cards by pulling out possible deals with AOL and Google, but it does not seem to have changed Wall Street's view that Microsoft will eventually win the takeover battle.

  • Stocks opened higher Thursday after a better-than-expected report on jobless claims, and raised outlooks from Dow components DuPont and Wal-Mart.

  • Yahoo

    Yahoo is apparently the belle of the ball if you believe the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, both with stories tonight that competing bids will surface Thursday from News Corp. and Time Warner -- Are you kidding me?

  • Exterior view of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is in talks with Microsoft about joining in its contested bid for Yahoo, the New York Times reports.

  • The mastheads of the New York Post and Newsday are seen in this photo in New York, Friday, March 21, 2008. Media conglomerate Tribune Co. reported a $78 million fourth-quarter loss from continuing operations Thursday as it copes with the historic downturn in the newspaper industry. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell also confirmed that the company has begun a strategic review of assets, as a report surfaced that News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch has made a bid for Tribune's Long Island-based Newsday.. (

    New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman submitted a bid to buy Newsday from Tribune, while his archrival Rupert Murdoch is also in talks about the paper, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

  • Steve Ballmer

    Microsoft on Saturday gave Yahoo a deadline of three weeks to make a decision on its "generous offer,"  valued at $44.6 billion,  or else it will launch a proxy fight.

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    What is the problem? I mean, seriously. Yahoo! has been sitting on a $42 billion unsolicited offer on the table from Microsoft for two months, and other than a bunch of caterwauling since, Yahoo hasn't done much one way or the other.

  • Some of us knew it was going to happen; it was just a matter of when. Over the last few Apple events, it seemed as if Steve Jobs would always throw a graphic up on the big screen behind him to show the progress iTunes had been making against the traditional music retailers. Today, Apple finally lays claim to the industry's top spot: No. 1 music retailer -- surpassing Wal-Mart.

  • Rupert Murdoch's recently acquired Dow Jones publishing business will start printing the Wall Street Journal in London this month, raising the competitive threat to rivals like Pearson's Financial Times.