Reportedly frustrated by not having sole control over MSNBC’s website, NBC is in talks with Microsoft to buy back the remainder of the online property. MSNBC was originally a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft, but the television partnership ended in 2005. Microsoft still owns 50 percent of MSNBC.com, which consistently ranks as one of the top three online news sites. If NBC is successful, the company plans to relaunch the site as NBCNews.com. Though NBC insists a deal has not been reached, website employees have been briefed on how they will be affected by the sale.
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