Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

Summary: Techcrunch, quoting anonymous sources, is reporting that a group of Silicon Valley executives and investment bankers are proposing a takeover of Yahoo - with the help of financing from Microsoft.The proposal calls for a premium of about 20 percent over Yahoo's current share price, which closed at $12.

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Techcrunch, quoting anonymous sources, is reporting that a group of Silicon Valley executives and investment bankers are proposing a takeover of Yahoo - with the help of financing from Microsoft.

The proposal calls for a premium of about 20 percent over Yahoo's current share price, which closed at $12.71 Tuesday, down 2 percent. Shares continued to slide in after-hours trading. The Silicon Valley group would immediately sell Yahoo's search and marketing businesses to Microsoft and take over the top ranks of Yahoo, leaving the companiy as an independent, the site reported.

It's important to note that this is simply a proposal to Microsoft at this point and that it needs backing from Redmond to fly.

Previous coverage: The time is now for a Microsoft-Yahoo search deal

Topics: Social Enterprise, Microsoft

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  • The demise of Yahoo

    This will bring the demise of a decent site, all Microsoft-ized up and then they will destroy the user base.
    Christian_<><
    • Only "search and marketing" according to the Comment

      Quoting:

      The Silicon Valley group would immediately sell Yahoo?s search and marketing businesses to Microsoft and take over the top ranks of Yahoo, leaving the company as an independent, the site reported.

      [End detypoed quote]

      I think Microsoft could gain value from the content portion of Yahoo, but perhaps hiring as many Yahoo staff as possible will solve that problem.
      Anton Philidor
  • Microsoft needs Yahoo search to compete with Google

    Even though Google is the top dog in the US online advertisers are usually stuck with one solution. Microsoft Adcenter tends to not bring in any revenue and Yahoo's paid search platform is still elementary compared to Google's.

    Having Microsoft and Yahoo join forces in search will hopefully bring back new life into paid search advertising. Because right now in the hard US economic times we need to find the people that are in fact buying and using Google is like putting all of your belongings in one <a href="http://www.mobilemini.com">storage container</a> without a lock and hoping for someone not to take your stuff when left in a bad neighborhood.
    mmini
  • *sigh* Not again :(

    Why can't MS just leave well enough alone. Yahoo isnt going to have any real impact on their search market share, because most of the users will just stop using it.

    And worst of all, as a heavy Flickr user, I am even more annoyed. If MS buys that part, MS will destroy it. Just like they destroy everything they touch. Which means I will have to try and find another photo hosting site (and there are very few decent ones).

    And, if they don't buy it, leaving just a tiny part of Yahoo left, that part will just die, as the supporting parts of it will be gone.

    *throws up hands in disgust*
    Stuka
    • Please Learn To Read

      Did you not even read the article? There are a bunch of investors in Silicon Valley that want to approach Microsoft about a deal... Microsoft isn't initiating anything here.

      Take off the blinders buddy.
      mikefarinha
      • I am aware of that...

        What do you think the final outcome will be...
        Stuka
  • RE: Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

    Yahoo is too big and Microsoft can't afford to buy anything. They tend to destroy anything they buy and will tell you it's new and improved.

    Yahoo shouldn't worry about Google, because they ahve more experience than Google, cooler graphics, and a larger about truly great boxes for your personal page. The only problem I see with Yahoo is their email system, they put the spam in the inbox and material for the inbox in the spam box.

    Mike Reidelbach
    karlreidelbach@yahoo.com
    mikereidelbach
    • I agree

      M$ is on the ropes and it will soon join the bailout line in DC.
      Let M$ autodestroy itself and yahoo will be fine.
      P.S.
      Showing your email to everybody on this site guarantees you plenty of spam.
      Linux Geek
    • yahoo mail

      Is a dozen times better than hotmail about spam filters.
      No matter how often I mark something as spam in hotmail, it keeps showing up in the inbox (my own yahoo address is allowed even though I mark it as spam to test it, so I know the headers etc)
      I have only found one thing in the hotmail spam folder since they've gone to 'live', and it was a valid email from a group I belong to.

      Agree Microsoft improves things till they become unusable, incorporating so many features that it's annoying, Advances are good, improvements are great, adding features just to say you did is useless. and NOT giving you a way to turn the unused features off.
      Let me turn useless features off and I'll be happy.

      And before someone gets STUPID and starts telling me there aren't any useless features in vista,(you can read that as microsoft products in general) useless is dependent on the user. If you don't use or need a feature it's useless, so being able to turn it off or remove it would be great.

      Ken.
      merc2dogs`
  • RE: Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

    After MS gets Yahoo search and marketing components, does that leave Yahoo free to use Google. This doesn't make any sense unless there is segnificant IP MS can apply to its search sites.
    rmark@...
  • Stick to monitoring Bowel Movements at 1 Infinite Loop...

    ***
    Gnutella
  • The Last Yahoo! Will Brick the Servers

    Everyone knows it. These guys won't let Yahoo! be taken by MSFT and the Boy Fuhrer from Duncan Hines.
    Likewow
  • RE: Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

    Yahoo has been in steady decline for years, I still use it's mail, as I've held the same address since 97, but I now use Google for everything else (and have a Gmail account as a backup).

    As far as I'm concerned MS can have it, Google has a far better search engine, which Yahoo has never been able to match since axeing them, the rest of Yahoo resembles MSN already, so I can't see it changing much !
    blue_smirnoff
  • RE: Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

    gotta restart that funny money bubble someplace.
    vilppuu@...
  • FIVE '09 PREDICTIONS

    As noted in the last prediction, all of these
    represent what the mainstream analysts will be saying.
    M$ is without a doubt the biggest target of zealots
    amongst all of tech giants, so if you disagree then
    you're probably a zealot and would never give M$ the
    benefit of the doubt:
    #1. M$ will acquire Yahoo's search.
    #2. W7 will be released in July along with a widely
    coordinated ad campaign targeted squarely at Apple,
    will be well received, will quickly displace Vista,
    and will prove to work well on netbooks.
    #3. WM7 will be released, will be well received, and
    HTC, Dell, and HP will unveil worthwhile competitors
    to the iPhone and Palm's webOS.
    #4. M$' will release Azure and a WM app store in beta
    and both will be well received.
    #5. Reasonable minded pundits will look back at '09
    and recognize that this was the year that M$ righted
    the ship against competitors like Google, Apple, and
    Adobe, but they still will have ample opportunity to
    pull a cockup or two.
    jjworleyeoe
  • RE: Report: Microsoft in stealth Yahoo takeover?

    Incredible! Microsoft has proven themselves many times over to be a dinosaur. Slow to change, and difficult to implement anything truly new and creative. Enter stage left another Brontosaurus, Yahoo. Now the two can go lumbering off into the sunset to become, in time, extinct.
    peacetorch@...