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January 15, 2009

New Yahoo CEO’s gut instinct is against a Microsoft search deal

Posted by David Hunter at 9:13 PM ET.

Carol Bartz, the newly minted Yahoo CEO is a trifle dubious about the oft rumored sale of Yahoo’s search business to Microsoft:

Yahoo Inc’s new chief executive, Carol Bartz, told employees on Wednesday her gut instinct is to hang on to the company’s search business, according to a person familiar with the company.

But Bartz also told staff she needs to better understand the pros and cons involved in selling the business. Bartz said her first instinct was to ask why the company would need to sell the search business.

A very good question to which the only answer is continuing ineptness which isn’t a good answer. The Yahoo stock price dropped 6% when this news came out since shareholders would like a quick payday as always, so it will be interesting to see if Bartz can stick with her initial position.



Filed under Acquisitions, Coopetition, Microsoft, Yahoo

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