Poll: With Microsoft now talking to Facebook, who should buy them?

Poll: With Microsoft now talking to Facebook, who should buy them?

Summary: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news, and to ask you about it.The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Microsoft is in talks to invest as muhc as $15 billion- with a B- in red-hot social networking site Facebook.

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this breaking news, and to ask you about it.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Microsoft is in talks to invest as muhc as $15 billion- with a B- in red-hot social networking site Facebook.

Not hard to figure why. Microsoft would love to be in social networking, and at least in terms of an immediate presence, far easier to buy then build. And although Facebook is said to be worth at least $15 billion and probably much more if it were to go IPO, a cool $15 billion would bring Microsoft lots of influence in pretty much every Facebook partnering, marketing, featureset, UI, etc. decision.

But Google and Yahoo! have courted Facebook as well.

So I ask you:

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  • Bet long-term outcome

    is for MS to buy them and do the voodoo that they do so well: turn Facebook into another link in the MS platform interlock.

    That way, world+dog will have an incentive to do what Google, Yahoo, etc. did with Hotmail: compete.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Not quite what the article says

    It's not that Microsoft is talking about investing $15 billion in Facebook (which would be a huge investment even by MS standards). Rather, they're thinking about making a relatively "modest" investment of a few hundred million, taking a percentage of Facebook that would *value* it at around $10 billion. Facebook is (maybe) holding out for a valuation of $15 billion, but no one is talking an actual investment of that much at this time...
    jducoeur
  • Kiss of death for Facebook

    If Microsoft bought them.

    You just can't buy love.
    YinToYourYang-22527499