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11:18am

Tue May 10, 2011
Planet Money

Skype: Microsoft's $8.5 Billion Mobile Bet

Microsoft built its empire on the PC. Its two cash cows, Windows and Office, are hard-core, old-school PC businesses.

But the PC business has grown stagnant. Microsoft's revenues from Windows have actually been falling lately.

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11:11am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

News Media, Advocacy Groups Press For Release Of Bin Laden Photos

Originally published on Tue May 10, 2011 9:11 am

A still image from video released Saturday (May 7, 2011) by the US Department of Defense shows Osama bin Laden. The video was obtained during the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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President Obama decided last week that post-mortem photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden would not be released because they might pose a national security risk. They could be used as "an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool," he told CBS News' 60 Minutes.

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10:14am

Tue May 10, 2011
Politics

The Reluctant Republican Can'tidates

Where are all the gung-ho Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election?

The last time the racetrack looked like this and the GOP was up against an incumbent Democrat, it was 1995. Bill Clinton was in the White House. But by this mid-May point in the election cycle, a roster of Republicans was already champing at the bit to run against him. And eight of them had announced their intentions to run — Bob Dole, Phil Gramm, Arlen Specter, Lamar Alexander, Pat Buchanan, Richard Lugar, Bob Dornan and Alan Keyes.

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9:20am

Tue May 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Analysts: Microsoft Will Build Skype Into All Sorts Of Products

Now that it's been confirmed that Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, a couple questions arise:

Where does Skype fit into Microsoft's plans?

And will Microsoft succeed where Skype hasn't so far — by making money from the Internet telephone service? Or is that not the point?

A few earlier analyses:

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8:46am

Tue May 10, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Jenny Craig: Winner, Winner, Diet Dinner!

The folks at Consumer Reports have put a bunch of the leading diet plans through their paces and anointed a new winner: Jenny Craig.

Overall, Jenny Craig got a score of 85 points — 22 better than second-place finisher Slim-Fast. Weight Watchers, at 57 points, came in third.

It's the first head-to-head rating of diet plans by the magazine in four years. Last time, the Volumetrics diet won. It has since become part of Jenny Craig.

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