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Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang has a lot on his mind. First he has to deal with the threat of Microsoft taking over his own company and secondly he has to deal with painful inside reports that Google is uninterested in an advertising alliance with Yahoo.  (Source: New York Times)
Sources close to Google indicate Google will reject Yahoo

The Google-Yahoo-Microsoft triangle is turning out to be somewhat like Adam Sandler's infamous "Love Stinks" song from the film the Wedding Singer.  First Microsoft wanted Yahoo, but Yahoo's board didn't want Microsoft.  After the rejection, Yahoo expressed interested in a Google alliance, but sources close to Google say that the company isn't interested in being partners with Yahoo anymore.   Google just wants Microsoft and Yahoo to leave it and each other alone.

Microsoft is trying to force itself on Yahoo by bringing its bid directly to stockholders in an unsolicited buyout offer, in a hostile takeover attempt.  To beat off Microsoft's ardent advances, Yahoo's board hoped to establish a possible advertising alliance with rival Google.  However, inside sources now say that despite some minor initial interest, Google is unlikely to pursue a pact with Yahoo.

While Google refused to public comment on the issue, sources say that it is concerned that a possible pact would attract antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. and abroad, and thus its not interested anymore.  Another unsaid factor may be that Google does not want to associate itself with sinking Yahoo, which is laying off hundreds of workers, while promising desparately to enact "big changes."  In a way Google doesn't need an alliance with Yahoo to get its share of advertising -- its already getting it, piece by piece each month.

With the prospect of a Google deal quickly unravelling, Yahoo has to resort to desparate measures like the purchase of advertiser Maven to try to avoid the Microsoft buyout.  Veteran portfolio manager Bill Miller of Legg Mason Inc. thinks that it won't be enough and that Yahoo "is in a tough spot if it wishes to remain independent."  His team thinks that Microsoft will likely up its offer slightly, and the shareholders will override the board decision. 

Significant shareholders of Yahoo are also quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying a deal with Microsoft was extremely likely, with one putting the probability at 95 percent.  As these are the people who will be deciding the fate of the offer, this is a promising sign for Microsoft.

Amidst all the fuss, Yahoo quietly began to send out its layoff notices to the 1,000 workers losing their jobs.  The layoffs were established before the Microsoft bid became public.

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By Xodus Maximus on 2/14/2008 1:44:17 PM , Rating: 0
I am really having a hard time forming an opinion about Yahoo's situation, even though a lot of media seem to care. The more I hear the less I care.

I really do not understand why Yahoo's brand is that important, personally I have always found them to be a sub par gateway/search engine. When the internet bubble popped, this happened to a lot of search engines, like Altavista, you did not see them panic, they just reduced their business to a more realistic less grand approach, others just died.

Why is Yahoo more important, because Microsoft wants them? Next time I sell a car I should invite someone from Microsoft to stare at it, take a picture, and magically the car will be worth twice as much, it seems.

If they merge, die off, or mutate, let them be. It won't affect many people's tomorrow anyway. Well except for the Yahoo employees, but they are getting fired anyway, so....

By oTAL on 2/14/08, Rating: 0
By iVTec on 2/14/2008 3:40:20 PM , Rating: 1
I'll agree^^...

A lot of fuss about "nothing" i believe...Of course,MS is not stupid to throw away billions for "nothing",there is a certain benefit for MS in acquiring Yahoo!...But during the last years,i tend to see Yahoo! as a "dead" site/portal/search engine/whatever,since Google is obviously superior.I think it's rather difficult,not to say impossible,for Yahoo! to stop their downfall and recover.If i owned it,i'd had already sold it to MS...

By iVTec on 2/14/2008 3:42:43 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry,the comment was intended for Xodus Maximus's opinion...:/

By qwertyz on 2/14/2008 9:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
These chinese CEO's are communists by nature that's why they don't wanna sell because they wanna lead by themselves.

By oTAL on 2/15/2008 8:37:42 AM , Rating: 3
Damn, I almost feel sorry for posting my comment since it is now followed by your stupid nonsense....

Communist by nature? The red scare is over...!
Or maybe the damn commies just wants us to believe that... (/tin foil on!)

By qwertyz on 2/15/2008 1:50:07 PM , Rating: 1
Calling someone else stupid doesn't make u smarter.

BTW can u speak my base language as good as I speak yours ?

Sa ma sugi de pula, if u know what I mean.

By oTAL on 2/25/2008 10:23:29 AM , Rating: 2
BTW can u speak my base language as good as I speak yours ?

That depends on how good is your Portuguese...

By oTAL on 2/25/2008 10:32:08 AM , Rating: 2
Calling someone else stupid doesn't make u smarter.

Saying that you posted stupid nonsense isn't the same as calling you stupid.
Even more, posting stupid nonsense doesn't mean you are stupid... but if you do it a little too often it does increase the odds that you are one...

I'm pretty sure that at a point in time Einstein may have said something silly. And it's quite likely that something mildly intelligent has left George Bush's lips in his life time. A statement doesn't change someone's brain power..... it only affects the way it's perceived by others within a given context and time frame.

By mcmilljb on 2/14/2008 6:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have been wondering if Yahoo is going to become "Yahoo - powered by MSN" or something like. Or maybe MSN will just be replaced by MSN. I don't see the point in keeping both, and I honestly like MSN better Yahoo. I guess you're right, and microsoft just wants the name traffic and large user base.

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