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Microsoft to buy Yahoo?

updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri May 4, 2007

Microsoft May Buy Yahoo

Microsoft is looking to buy Yahoo as a way of staving off Google, according to sources speaking with the New York Post. The newspaper claims that the Redmond software company is considering a deal that could be worth $50 billion to buy Yahoo to improve its distant third-place standing in search advertising, which is dominated by Google. The frustration is said to have reached a boil in recent months as Google has bought many of the companies Microsoft had been interested in, especially web advertiser DoubleClick. This in particular may have been the tipping point, as shown when Microsoft argued that Google was creating a monopoly.

"The minute you hear Microsoft start arguing against something on antitrust grounds, you know they are desperate and need to do something big," noted one of the Post's sources.

A takeover would narrow the gap in overall ads to just 13 percent between a Microsoft/Yahoo partnership and Google. However, the partnership could potentially affect not just search websites but also hardware devices. Yahoo services might be accessible through the network links on the Xbox 360 or Zune, the paper suggested.

The merger could also have an effect on third-party hardware such as Apple's iPhone, which will come with Yahoo mail service as a built-in feature. SanDisk's Sansa Connect already uses Yahoo's music and photo services to bolster its media jukebox functions.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo have declined comment on the report.



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  1. scotty321

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    Yahoo hates Mac users

    Perfect, take a company like Yahoo who is already completely hostile to Mac users with their video & audio support, and make them even more hostile to Mac users by having the most evil anti-Mac technology company in the world -- Microsoft -- purchase them.

  1. lemuel777

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    MS run them to the ground

    Look what they have done with Hotmail. Will AT&T still be willing to partner with Yahoo if they are bought by MS? I don't think they would, which would hurt Yahoo.

  1. wings_rfs

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    Computer: Filter Yahoo

    Well I for one won't deny comment on this report.....

    I have a yahoo email account, and the day MS muscles its way into Yahoo is the day I forbid my computer to go there.

  1. Richard Cassidy

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    flickr

    this would really suck as flickr has already been yahoo'd and m$ would be the final straw. M$ whinging about monopolies - lol.

    Mind you this is the New York Post.

  1. elroth

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    re: flickr

    "Mind you this is the New York Post."

    Enough said.

  1. magicbumone

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    Google like MS

    "Microsoft argued that Google was creating a monopoly." HAHAHAHA How does it feel little old Microsoft. Stop crying and go make a OS better than vista.

  1. testudo

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    Re: at&t

    Look what they have done with Hotmail. Will AT&T still be willing to partner with Yahoo if they are bought by MS? I don't think they would, which would hurt Yahoo.



    What does AT&T do now with Yahoo? And why would this suddenly cause AT&T to go "Holy c***! We can't use Yahoo! anymore!"

  1. horvatic

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    Yahoo's Mac support sucks

    Yahoo's Mac support sucks as it is, along with there development. Yahoo mail on the Mac is so far behind along with Messenger. Microsoft buying Yahoo would be the biggest mistake Yahoo could ever make! Don't let them do it Yahoo or you will lose all the Mac customers you have now which probably isn't a lot the way you support the platform right now.

  1. MisterMe

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    re: re: at&t

    SBC (now AT&T) has a long-standing partnership with Yahoo for its broadband offerings. Take a look at

    http://dsl.sbc.yahoo.com/

    See what happens when you miss a memo?

  1. climacs

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    Similarities?

    New York Post - owned by Rupert "Fox News Channel" Murdoch

    Microsoft - regular dispenser of lies, disinformation and propaganda

    Bush Administration - regular dispenser of lies, disinformation and propaganda

    I report, you decide.

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