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Yahoo takeover bids





bogger
After microsoft offered an unsolicited $44.6 billion takeover bid. Google has "offered whatever support Yahoo! might require." Yahoo!'s boss, steve yang has said that there is no hurry to formalise or turn down this offer.

An interesting article here:
http://www.economist.com/daily/columns/businessview/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10636325

What does everyone think? Anyone have any useful knowledge about the matter that should be added?
djclue917
I've read somewhere that the $44.6 billion Microsoft offer translates to a $31 per share of Yahoo! and that this made Yahoo! feel 'undervalued'. Considering how things are going and the reactions of 3rd-parties, e.g. Google, I don't think that Yahoo! would take this offer [as it is]. Though personally, I don't like the idea of the Microsoft-takeover of Yahoo! because Yahoo! has a lot of nice services (e.g. Flickr) that Microsoft would certainly infect with the M$ virus. Laughing

For more info, see these links:

http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227351031/click.phdo
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227461076/click.phdo
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227495160/click.phdo
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227461074/click.phdo
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227532861/click.phdo
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/227972990/click.phdo
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/03/1248226
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/228670697/click.phdo
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/04/0130235
http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/04/0142231
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/228971704/click.phdo
http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/04/172259
http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wired/topheadlines/~3/230595310/click.phdo

There are actually a LOT more from where those came from. Wink
bogger
pah, give us the best article of those. There's no way in I'm reading all that.

with a 60% premium on Yahoo!'s share price, and a company that obviously is going no where, I think Microsoft have a very good chance to succeed.

But where do they go from from there?
What does Micrsoft gain from taking over Yahoo!?
ddoonie
I believe google put out a statement in response to the takeover, stating that microsoft entering the internet arena is contrary to the epitomy of the internet. Something along the lines that internet should be a completely free medium, in all aspects, and microsoft must have intentions to capitalize on this medium, changing the current state of the internet... "Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts. And between them, the two companies operate the two most heavily trafficked portals on the Internet. Could a combination of the two take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors' email, IM, and web-based services?"

I'd have to completely agree with google's statement. Microsoft could hardwire all their software to direct to yahoo, whenever a search is invoked, thereby taking most passive users away from google.

sorry kinda rambling...

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/yahoo-and-future-of-internet.html
polly-gone
I don't think a takeover of Yahoo! by Microsoft would be good at all. Microsoft commercializes and screws everything up. It is just a waste. I would need to get a new email address if Microsoft takes over though! XD

-Nick Smile Smile Smile
newso
ddoonie wrote:
I believe google put out a statement in response to the takeover, stating that microsoft entering the internet arena is contrary to the epitomy of the internet. Something along the lines that internet should be a completely free medium, in all aspects, and microsoft must have intentions to capitalize on this medium, changing the current state of the internet... "Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts. And between them, the two companies operate the two most heavily trafficked portals on the Internet. Could a combination of the two take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors' email, IM, and web-based services?"

I'd have to completely agree with google's statement. Microsoft could hardwire all their software to direct to yahoo, whenever a search is invoked, thereby taking most passive users away from google.

sorry kinda rambling...

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/yahoo-and-future-of-internet.html


thats it in a nutshell. dont think your far off there mate. I personally hope that microsoft do get it. because more competition means better for the public as they all want to compete against each other.
cloudship
In this affair, the most annoying part is not Yahoo! or his stockholders, but Google. Apperantly Microsoft goes after Yahoo! in order to compete better with Google, and they never deny that. And Google is certainly not willing to see that happen, which will create a giant monster monopoly from the desktop engine to the internet engine.

I believe Microsoft will succeed in purchasing Yahoo! since it seems to have infinite resources and money to do it, when it is so determined and highlighted in all business paper first page, Microsoft just cannot fail to buy Yahoo! and it will take what it could afford to do that. Otherwise, there's no need for MS to make such a big noise like that. However, Google will gain enough time and preparation to make some movements meanwhile.

Therefore, the play just begins, only after Yahoo! is finally given in and bought by Microsoft.
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