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MS/Yahoo deal to be settled today?

updated 11:00 am EST, Fri February 8, 2008

MS Yahoo May Settle Today

Yahoo will make its ultimate decision as to whether or not it will accept a takeover by Microsoft today, sources have reportedly told TechCrunch. With potential suitors including Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank having so far declined to offer a deal of their own, Yahoo is now believed to be on the verge of a board meeting which will either accept the Microsoft deal with little negotiating room or else turn to Google for a deal that might bring the latter's advertising and even search functions to Yahoo's pages.

While potentially less successful, the Google deal is being regarded as a possibility due to resistance to Microsoft by Yahoo's executives, the tip suggests. The duplication created in Yahoo's staff, however, would likely necessitate far-ranging job cuts; the deal may also be prevented outright by US anti-trust regulators, who may see a Google and Yahoo alliance as an unfair merger that locks out smaller competitors in online search and ads, such as Microsoft.

While not officially confirmed, the expected meeting is believed to be a self-imposed reaction to Microsoft pressure. The latter had originally claimed that its offer was friendly but was later exposed as having threatened a hostile takeover, using the public announcement as leverage when privately-held negotiations broke down.

It remains unclear as to how soon Yahoo will formally accept or reject the Microsoft offer.




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  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Go! Go! Go!

    Please MS, spend that money fo0lishly and be the next AOL...

  1. Zkatz007

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Don't do it yahoo!

    Don't give in to big money!

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    tempting

    Yahoo is loosing ground to Google. It's tempting. At the same time Google tries to befriend with Yahoo to keep MS off. Well, does Yahoo knows whose their friends are? Google?....ha ha ha.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    two options?

    MS or Google? That's it? Gee, and I would've thought that there was a third. Decline the freakin' offer and continue your life as if it never occurred.

    Man, the way these execs start going insane when an offer is made is just ridiculous.

  1. gor3don

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    two options

    Two options or not, and yes, you WOULD think there would be more than two, the board's job is to look out for the interests of the investors.

    So if they feel the offer is fair and advantageous to the shareholders, then they are obligated to recommend it. Rarely has a board ever declined an offer and said the long-term interests of the company are best as a stand-alone company.

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