Stephen Elop Is Now the Microsoft CEO Candidate to Beat

Well, it only cost $7.17 billion, but Microsoft now has a pretty obvious candidate to lead the company as soon as CEO Steve Ballmer vacates the seat he said he would leave within the year.
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Equifax Buys Identity Protection Startup TrustedID for About $30 Million

The data giant picks up a well-respected Silicon Valley ID protection firm.
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Yahoo’s Former GC Callahan Places His Bid With Online Real Estate Marketplace Auction.com

The self-effacing lawyer is ripe for some disruption in an old industry.
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Social Commerce Startup Chirpify to Power In-Stream Credit Card Purchases

Chirpify, the social commerce platform that lets anyone sell goods or content on social networks through tweets or comments, is now allowing its customers to accept credit card payments. Previously, the only payment method was PayPal. The Portland, Ore.-based company lets people buy things on social networks with a single tweet or comment after connecting their credit card or PayPal account to the service. Chirpify charges its enterprise customers a 2.9 percent transaction fee, plus 30 cents per transaction, according to its website.

With $1.6 Billion in Cash, Zynga Is Now Worth Less Than $750 Million to Investors

Is it a bargain or a fire sale?
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Yahoo Tumblrs for Cool: Board Approves $1.1 Billion Deal as Expected

Done (just like we said).
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I’m Still Here: Stock Soars as Groupon Shows Stronger-Than-Expected Q1 Revenue

On the other hand, I could use a nice cup of hot growth.
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Content Gains Allow Demand Media to Beat Wall Street Expectations on Q1 Earnings and Revenue

Strong performance of media properties added to the results.
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