Microsoft is playing hardball in their bid to acquire Yahoo, issuing an ultimatum and threatening to take the $31 per share offer directly to stockholders. Microsoft may have some help in their efforts, as News.com has offered to join forces with Microsoft in order to make the acquisition happen, though talks between Microsoft and News.com were reported to be in the very early stages.Microsoft Gives Yahoo Ultimatum on Buyout Offer (Baseline Mag) News Corp Talking To Microsoft About Joining Yahoo Bid (Tech Crunch) These new developments come as Yahoo appears to be scrambling to try anything to avoid a takeover by the Redmond-based giant. One rumor is that Yahoo is negotiating with AOL for a deal combining the two companies' Internet businesses. Yahoo also announced a deal with Google to test Yahoo's use of the Google AdSense program to deliver paid advertisements along with Yahoo's search results. Another tactic Yahoo might engage in is buying back its own shares, which would probably raise the stock price in advance of a hostile takeover attempt and would also give Yahoo more voting shares should a proxy battle break out. Yahoo rumored to be in AOL talks (News.com) Yahoo to try using Google for search ads (News.com) It seems like the whole Microsoft/Yahoo deal has become a soap opera, with drama and strange relationships all around. It wasn't too long ago that a Yahoo/Google ad placement deal would have been unthinkable, as would a merger of Yahoo and AOL. I almost want to pop a bag of popcorn, pull up a chair, and watch the drama unfold. How do you think this situation will shake out?
Quote ----- Microsoft may have some help in their efforts, as News.com has offered to join forces with Microsoft in order to make the acquisition happen, though talks between Microsoft and News.com were reported to be in the very early stages. -----UnQuote This should have been News Corp and not News.com. News.com is Owned by Cnet which is a parent of Tech Republic. To the best of my knowledge Rupert Murdoch is interested and talking to M$ and not Cnet the parent of News.com
Personally, I think that eventually Microsoft will win out and end up acquiring Yahoo. When Microsoft sets their sights on an acquisition, they generally end up completing the deal. Still, with Yahoo seemingly willing to try anything to avoid a takeover, they might be one of the first to avoid such a fate. How do you think this drama will end?
Yes Thats Right You Already Know whats going to happen, Crapsoft is a black hole, they will suck and steal everything they want. I hope the best for Yahoo, I love yahoo but they are done for, the war is a joke all it's doing is making more publicity for Microsoft which in turn will generate more money for the yahoo buyout. Goodbye Yahoo, Welcome the new search site named Yah_soft.com, formitabley known as yahoo.com.
If a company like Peoplesoft could give a poison pill to Oracle; One that hit hard, I am positive Yahoo has a nastier version. Yes I do agree eventually M$ will gobble yahoo. But at what cost ? Certainly not the one they are giving out right now... I am more interested in the technological outcome of this. Will Yahoo replace MSN or at least partly ? Which one of the brands will survive ? Only time will tell.. Me, I personally liked some of the services yahoo offered. But I guess I will shutdown ALL my yahoo accounts the day the merger is completed. I never had Hotmail nor the horror called Passport. I am a hypochondriac when it comes to any M$ services. Except the one M$ shoves down the throat called WindozUpdate. Ugh! May be I am the only one. But please PLEASE ! don't start sending the whole Windoz Vs. Linux hatemails. Let me clear outright. I use windows at work because they ask me to. Don't have a personal machine. My smartphone is on Symbian. Cheers Perseus