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CNET News Daily Podcast: MS, Ballmer ready to up the online ante

Microsoft puts on its game face, discovering the real Carl Icahn, and Facebook makes nice to developers. Now what?

Mark Stevens

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer stepped onstage Thursday to tell an assembly of Wall Street analysts and reporters that, Yahoo or no Yahoo, the company plans to continue to invest until it achieves greater scale in online services.

Speaking of Yahoo, CNET News' Leslie Katz interviews Mark Stevens, author of King Icahn: The Biography of a Renegade Capitalist, to find out what has pushed this activist investor to challenge the powers that be. And Webware's Rafe Needleman wraps context around Facebook's bevy of announcements, including the social-networking company's renewed commitment to engage its development community.

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