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June 24, 2008

Microsoft and Yahoo: The deal that would not die

Posted by David Hunter at 2:56 PM ET.

Just when Microsoft shareholders were breathing a sigh of relief over dodging the Yahoo merger/search acquisition bullet, today there are rumors that Microsoft and Yahoo are talking again about some sort of deal. Techcrunch says it is a full buyout discussion while CNET and Silicon Alley Insider say it is some sort of search agreement.

The trigger for Yahoo may have been their continuing disarray including the departure of a number of executives plus the continuing government scrutiny of the ad deal with Google announced two weeks ago. The trigger for Microsoft is likely getting at least some of what the executives wanted on the cheap. Still, whatever piece of Yahoo is in play is only a bargain if Microsoft can put it to good use and that is the "big bet" that remains a longshot.

Filed under Acquisitions, Coopetition, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

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One Response to “Microsoft and Yahoo: The deal that would not die”

  1. It’s baaaack! Microsoft seeking partner to split up Yahoo | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The deal that would not die is back for another episode and terrifying Microsoft shareholders everywhere. This time the story is that Microsoft Seeks Partners For a New Run at Yahoo: Microsoft Corp., positioning itself for a new run for Yahoo Inc.’s search business, has approached other media companies in recent days about joining it in a deal that would effectively lead to Yahoo’s breakup, say people familiar with the discussions. [...]

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