Articles of the Day

Yahoo-Microsoft Talks Restart — Yahoo is either talking with Microsoft again about an outright acquisition or some kind of deal short of a complete merger, depending on which Web accounts you believe. CNet reported Monday that the companies are in discussions about a transaction that doesn’t involve an acquisition. But on Tuesday, TechCrunch cited sources saying talks between the two were back on, albeit at a lower price than its original $33-a-share offer. Meanwhile, CNBC reported that no deal was in the works, though Microsoft was still interested in Yahoo’s search business.

Visa, Facebook Partner For Small Biz Ad Program — Visa Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a new marketing initiative on Facebook providing small businesses a total of $2 million for advertising on the social networking site. The credit and debit card processing giant is awarding $100 ad credits to each of the first 20,000 businesses that join its Visa Business Network, an application aimed at connecting small businesses via Facebook.  

RealNetworks Does a Reorg; New Operating Structure and Exec Promotions — RealNetworks, which is in the process of spinning out its games unit, has done a long-due reorg of its business structure and promoted three senior executives. From an earlier SEC filing, On June 9, 2008, Daniel Sheeran resigned as SVP, Business Development and Corporate Partnerships, he remains employed as a strategic advisor to Rob Glaser, the CEO.

NBC Partners With Wavexpress For Olympic Coverage — US television network NBC will broadcast coverage from the 2008 Olympic Games this summer using Wavexpress’s TVTonic internet video service. NBC executive Perkins Miller says TVTonic will cover the event on a sport-by-sport basis, allowing viewers to choose which areas they are interested in. Because of the time difference between the US and China, viewers will also be able to download events and watch them at a later date. The market for IPTV is set to soar, with the number of global subscribers reaching 60m worldwide by 2010, according to Telecommunications Management Group. 

Loop’d Adds Nike Branded Social Community — Action sports social website Loop’d is launching a branded Nike online community. The portal aims to support athletes and enthusiasts of action sports, including surf, snow, freeski, freeride, wake, moto and BMX activities. According to Loop’d, the community features the first ever viral mash-up widget created exclusively for action sports, giving it the opportunity to connect with the site’s 300,000-plus action sports enthusiasts.

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