I hope not, i dont like the idea of the internet being controlled, even partially, by corporations....
I want to think microsoft can't acquiring Yahoo.
So it gonna pose a real threat to Google.... So what are Google's plan of acquisition...???
LEts wait an see. I hope that MS will surely achieve their goals.
The political support behind Carl Icahn (Yahoo board member in favour of Microsoft's bid) is a glimpse into Internet history. Before the Internet backbone was opened up to commercialisation (i.e. prior to Yahoo existing) it was highly profitable CD-ROM database sales (1989-1994) that drove search engine business. Icahn is closely linked with Mark Nelson (founder of CD-Plus and later Ovid Technologies). Mark Nelson has declared his support for Icahn in this boardroom battle.
CD-Plus won awards for a search engine technology breakthrough (paradigm shift) called NLM (Natural Language Mapping) in 1991/92. This gave access to Medline databases in a way that normal people could search for content without specialist knowledge. These were the pioneers in the pharmaceutical industry that provided the know-how for the Internet we know today. Medline was the "killer application" of its day, today we would identify those applications as Facebook and Youtube.
As far as my opinion on the bid, I do hope these old icons can bridge the gap between Microsoft's monolithic corporate nature and the needs of the world. Carl Icahn and his supporters understand healthcare. Both from the hardware point of view (clients of free healthcare nations do not get free o/s licenses yet!) and for future Web 2.0 software development (infectious disease control/mental illness monitoring) it would be good for Microsoft to re-think where it is.
But certain part of Yahoo itself has already been taken over. For example, Yahoo! China is now belong to Alimama Company, China. And it seems that Yahoo! Japan has already been independent.
Then, Microsoft and Alimama will be one?
I think Microsift is playing in the hands of Yahoo!