FROM Todd Bishop
Microsoft and Yahoo Strike Deal Last year, Microsoft made a hostile bid to buy Yahoo for $48 billion. That didn't work, but today the two agreed to a partnership. It could be good for both companies, but the primary target appears to be Google . While the colossus of Internet searching and its dominance will likely continue, today's deal is designed to slow Google down. Todd Bishop is managing editor of TechFlash.com .
Microsoft to Download Yahoo for $45 Billion Microsoft has made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo in a takeover potentially worth almost $45 billion. The two combined would still trail Google in online advertising, but the Justice Department is already interested in the impact on competition. Todd Bishop is technology reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and writes the paper's Microsoft blog .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.