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AOL contemplating buying Yahoo

updated 08:05 pm EDT, Wed October 13, 2010

AOL exploring chances of buying Yahoo

AOL is in the very early stages of exploring a buyout of Yahoo, a leak this evening indicated. Private equity groups such as Blackstone Group and Silver Lake Partners have considered buying the search engine out but have reportedly talked to AOL about joining on a deal. Prospects mentioned to the WSJ would have China's Alibaba buy back Yahoo's 40 percent stake in its efforts to simplify a merger or even letting the normally much larger Yahoo buy AOL.

None of the talks have involved Yahoo so far and could falter if it turns out that the arrangement would be too complex to set up. The involved companies declined to comment.

A deal between AOL and Yahoo would be designed to fight off Google, whose dominance of ads and search hasn't been successfully opposed by either company on their own. The move may complicate Yahoo's relationship with Microsoft, whose Bing engine now powers Yahoo search, and could also create a conflict between long-serving features like AIM and Yahoo Messenger.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jay3ld

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Aol still exists?

    I'm shocked.

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yahoo still exists?

    This is about as exciting as Blockbuster buying Hollywood Video or the WNBA merging with the ABL.

  1. tvalleau

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One loser buys another...

    ...who gains?

    Who cares?

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Amazing how in the 90s Yahoo and AOL rule. How time changes.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Please no.

    I need redundant e-mail, i do not want the systems connected, thanks.

    - A

  1. cosmotic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I didn't realize that AOL had any money. Who knew?

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    makes sense

    Makes much more sense than Microsoft buying Yahoo

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the really amazing thing

    is not that aol still exists or yahoo still exists, it's that ms was considering buying yahoo. aol and yahoo both are much more successful at internet services than microsoft which has never made a single nickel from their online services (msn, search, live, hotmail...). ever. losses total over 8 billion big ones in the last decade. bing lost 700 million it's first quarter of existence.

    at least aol and yahoo know how to make money on internet services (or did). a merger could be good for both.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Make about as much sense

    As eBay buying Skype.

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