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AOL stepping up deal talks with MS, Yahoo

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed July 16, 2008

AOL Talks to MS and Yahoo

AOL's parent company Time Warner is more aggressively shopping the firm around to both Microsoft and Yahoo, says a source for Reuters. The negotiations appear to play Microsoft against its buyout target Yahoo and would vary the deal significantly depending on the company, either of which would potentially tip the balance in its favor with an agreement.

AOL would be merged with Yahoo to give the search company proof it needs that it can grow independent of a takeover; Microsoft would buy AOL outright and use it to expand its ad influence as well as give it more web traffic, according to the report.

Yahoo would particularly stand to gain from the deal. The firm faces an August 1st shareholders meeting that may see its directors voted out if unable to convince investors that it can perform well without a Microsoft deal, which potential usurper and investor Carl Icahn claims is necessary for Yahoo's success.

For Microsoft, the Yahoo deal would serve either as a complement or alternative to a Yahoo deal and is considered important to competing in search ads, where Google holds a clear lead.

None of the involved companies were able to comment on the claims.



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  1. boris_cleto

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    Please, Please, Please

    Buying AOL was a disaster for TW. We can only hope it will be doubly bad for M$.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Joined: Jan 2007

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    ouch!

    The ultimate indignity, being mentioned in the same article as Time Warner's AOL. :P ;)

  1. MisterMe

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    re:Please, Please, Please

    boris_cleto wrote "Buying AOL was a disaster for TW. ..."

    Um-m-m-m, not so much. The company that you know as TimeWarner is the old AOL-TimeWarner. AOL-TimeWarner was created when AOL purchased of TimeWarner.

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