Microsoft wants you to make a difference

Microsoft I\'m InitiativeThe i’m Initiative from Microsoft makes helping social causes easy. Every time you use Windows Live Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail, Microsoft will share a portion of their advertising revenue with some of the world’s most effective social cause organizations. They’ve set no cap on the amount they’ll donate to each organization. The sky’s the limit. And it’s free!

i’m is about making a difference. Not in a huge expensive way, not in a time-consuming way. But in a simple, effective way.

It’s an opt-in and fairly unintrusive service that just puts an extra i’m-specific advertisement at the end of your emails, or an i’m icon next to your buddy list name. The more email and messages users send, the more money Microsoft donates to the charities of those users’ choices.

With every e-mail and instant message, you help address an issue you feel passionate about, including poverty, child protection, disease, environmental degradation and animal protection.

Click here to join | Click here to view the causes

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Microsoft withdraws Yahoo bid

Microsoft announced today that it was withdrawing their offer to acquire Yahoo. Microsoft raised its bid from $31/share to $33/share (that’s an extra $5 billion) but Yahoo didn’t want to settle for less than $37/share.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also confirmed that they will not go hostile by taking their offer directly to Yahoo’s stakeholders.

Microsoft, who intended to buy Yahoo to get bigger in the online ad business says they can make it without Yahoo. While it’s probably true, I think it’s going to take Microsoft a few years and billions of dollars.

I am really disappointed as I hoped Microsoft would become the first real competition to the evil Google.

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Microsoft getting closer and closer to Yahoo! purchase… YES!

Yahoo Inc posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday but failed to do well enough to convince many on Wall Street that Microsoft Corp needs to raise its takeover bid.

“Our board and management team continue to be open to any and all alternatives, including a Microsoft deal. ” Said CEO Jerry Yang.