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Microsoft is willing to lay down $50 billion for Yahoo Inc. say reports

The search and advertising industry could change drastically over the next year if Microsoft has its way with Yahoo. In the last several weeks, it was well publicized that Microsoft and Google went head on in a bidding war for Internet advertising giant DoubleClick. Eventually, Google won and settled with DoubleClick for roughly $3.1 billion -- a sum that had analysts questioning Microsoft's true motives.

At the time of the acquisition, Microsoft had roughly $25 billion of available cash in its bank; more than double that of Google's $11.9 billion. Observing these figures, it was odd to see Microsoft back out of a deal it could easily win. "The best side to be on in a bidding war is the losing side," said legendary Wall Street tycoon Warren Buffet. Buffet is implying that the loser in a bidding war has forced the winner to over-pay for something.

Today, Forbes is reporting that Microsoft is in negotiations with Yahoo for a possible acquisition that could be worth $50 billion. According to the report, Microsoft is feeling greater pressure to compete in the online advertising space. Just recently, Yahoo announced its acquisition of online advertising firm Right Media for $680 million. While this is far from Google's $3.1 billion expense on DoubleClick, it does indicate that Yahoo is already quite a force in online advertising.

Another sticking point for Microsoft is the fact that both Google and Yahoo are ahead of the game when it comes to search. Microsoft has been playing catch up to Google and Yahoo with MSN Search, but having Yahoo under its belt would surely set the company onto a different playing field altogether.

Despite an impending deal with Yahoo, Microsoft hasn’t taken its eyes completely off the Google – DoubleClick deal. Microsoft is loudly voicing its opinion against the deal and has asked regulators to carefully monitor the acquisition.

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RE: Has to be said
By Tewt on 5/4/2007 1:15:21 PM , Rating: 1
Since I'm in video editing I want an OS (and programs) that make good use of 4GB RAM or more. Just waiting for the other software people to keep up. Also, I would like an OS that makes better use of RAM. On my laptop, it's frustrating to wait for the crappy 4200 RPM to speed up when I'm just typing. Yes, it is noticeable...start the hard drive spin up....then the letters start appearing. Ugh, frustrating how many things that you think should go through just RAM(512 on my laptop) such as typing in Word or surfing. Weird because I dont' notice it on my desktop.

I don't understand how Google has become such a behomoth since I rarely use their site and can't think of anything else I use from them. But I can understand why Microsoft would want to buy Yahoo. Just surprised they weren't more forward-thinking and didn't see the trends before everyone else and didn't buy them (or Google for that fact) when they were smaller and cheaper.

RE: Has to be said
By Oregonian2 on 5/4/2007 1:21:28 PM , Rating: 1
You'll have to change to the 64-bit ones (including apps). "32-bits" IS 4G (and some of that is needed for overhead things so user space has to be smaller). Can't do more unless you want to go back to old fashion memory bank switching (UGLY and SLOW). Their 64-bit OS's can use massive memory. Of course one needs a suitable processor, MB, etc to support that memory too. And you need 64-bit video apps, probably 64-bit drivers, 64-bit utilities (Scenalyzer come in 64 bits?). Etc.

RE: Has to be said
By Oregonian2 on 5/4/2007 1:25:59 PM , Rating: 1
P.S. - I uze google a zillion times a day both at home and at work. It's essential to me (some other search engine could theoretically do too, but Google seems to give me the best results).

RE: Has to be said
By RW on 5/4/2007 9:25:18 PM , Rating: 2
I'm using google too most of the time but I think I could use any other search engine if it would be as powerful/eficient as google is with the condition that the other search engine to have not only the default .com search page but regional search pages like google has where u can easily select the option to search pages written in my base language or from my base country.

RE: Has to be said
By Oregonian2 on 5/4/2007 1:42:27 PM , Rating: 1
You can set your system to not power down your drive after a timeout, that'll help (sounds like that was happening). You also can get faster drives than 4200 rpm for laptops, as well as the newer flash replacements (albeit $$$). Those aren't OS things so much as laptop power saving issues (as well as issues about you not wanting to lose what's in memory of you yank out the battery). Might also suggest a desktop for video work.

P.S. - Of course doing those suggestions above make the battery go dead faster too. :-)

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