The news Web site says it's hit profitability for the first time since launching eight years ago.
The software giant will reportedly receive $300 million for its stake in MSNBC.com, which will mirror content on the new NBCNews.com for a while.
MSNBC.com will be no more after NBC buys back Microsoft's shares and rebrands the site to NBCNews.com, the Daily Beast reports.
The Daily Show, MSNBC.com, and MTV News are now readily accessible apps on the social network via Open Graph.
Merrill Brown, the former editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, will oversee RealNetworks' subscription services.
The news site will introduce a new Web logs section by the end of August, a move that will allow more editorial control over the opinionated ramblings of its former online chat boards.
Editor in Chief Merrill Brown says he is "off to try new challenges," becoming the latest tech-publishing pioneer to call it quits.
MSNBC.com, an Internet news site owned by software titan Microsoft and General Electric's NBC TV network, says its site went dark Thursday for about two hours, from 4:30 a.m. PST to 6:30 a.m. PST. MSNBC said that although it's still investigating the incident, the outage may have been caused by a so-called syn attack. Such attacks occur when a hacker sends a flood of bogus service-connection requests to a network that clog it up so no one else can get online. "We isolated the incident and got the site back up as quickly as possible," said Peter Dorogoff, an MSNBC spokesman. "It's secure at this point."