Top 10 tech, media deals since 1995

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Microsoft Corp.'s bid for beleaguered Internet icon Yahoo Inc. is a staggering sum that, if a deal goes through, will rank as one of the largest U.S. technology transactions.

Below is a list of the largest public U.S. technology and media/entertainment mergers and acquisitions since 1995, as ranked by deal tracker Dealogic PLC. Listed are the closing dates and final values, which reflect share price changes that may have occurred before the deal closed.

Although Microsoft's bid late Thursday was originally valued at $44.6 billion, it's a cash-and-stock offer whose value fluctuates. As of Friday's close at $28.95 per share, Microsoft's bid is now valued at $41.7 billion.

1. America Online Inc. buys Time Warner Inc., deal closed Jan. 11, 2001, final value of $112.11 billion.

2. AT&T Corp. buys Tele-Communications Inc., March 9, 1999, $52 billion.

3. Viacom Inc. buys CBS Corp., May 4, 2000, $45.21 billion.

4. Microsoft Corp. bids to buy Yahoo Inc., bid announced on Feb. 1, 2008, original bid value of $44.6 billion.

5. Bain Capital Partners LLC, Thomas H. Lee Partners LP buying Clear Channel Communications Inc., announced Nov. 16, 2006, and currently pending, value at announcement $25.65 billion.

6. Lucent Technologies Inc. buys Ascend Communications Inc., June 24, 1999, $23.87 billion.

7. Clear Channel Communications Inc. buys AMFM Inc., Aug. 30, 2000, $21.59 billion.

8. Walt Disney Co. buys Capital Cities/ABC Inc., Feb. 9, 1996, $20.02 billion.

9. Hewlett-Packard Co. buys Compaq Computer Corp., May 3, 2002, $18.69 billion.

10. JDS Uniphase Corp. buys E-TEK Dynamics Inc., June 30, 2000, $17.93 billion.