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Microsoft toying with buying Facebook?

updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed May 7, 2008

MS Toys with Facebook Buy

Microsoft has been exploring the possibility of buying out Facebook, journalist Kara Swisher claims. Her report cites sources who allege that Microsoft is delivering "subtle signals" to the social network via bankers to gauge if the company is interested in a takeover. No talks have been reported between the two, though some at the companies believe Facebook is likely to remain on its current track to becoming a publicly traded company rather than accepting a private deal.

The two companies are already connected through Microsoft's $240 million investment in Facebook, which lets the former sell some of its online advertising through Facebook's pages. A buyout would give Microsoft complete control over the site's advertising system and significantly increase the exposure of Microsoft's ads on the web, which would increase the company's odds of competing against Google after backing out of its Yahoo bid this weekend.

Microsoft has also been rumored to have a short list of other web-focused companies it may buy in an attempt to increase its advertising share, including Digg or Meebo.



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  1. Herod

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    jesus

    wtf aren't these crooks interested in buying....i mean taking over.

    they have a horrendous OS they just launched, they need more things they can get there hands on to keep users stuck with using M$ c*** it seems.

  1. Athens

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    MICROSOFT LISTEN!

    FIX YOUR SOFTWARE FIRST BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO GET INTO ANYTHING ELSE!

    If they get control of facebook, I delete my profile. As simple as that.

  1. Guest

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    Write Management

    Time to let the people at Facebook know what we think of this. I for one will cancel my account there if Microshaft takes it over.

  1. 010111

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    that'd be great.

    i was just thinking the other day... all these Facebook "apps" should really all be individual Active-X controls/apps instead.

    wouldn't that be awesome?

  1. loudpedal

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    c***

    MS will s**** up Facebook if they get control of it. I don't like MySpace much so I guess I'll have to start looking for another alternative. If MS screwed up their core competency (Windows), I don't want to be around for the general "Microsoftening" of a good site.

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