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#1 DocM

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 22:34

http://news.yahoo.co...-163734904.html

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is exploring the possibility of helping to finance a possible deal by others to acquire Internet search company Yahoo, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday.

Google Inc. has talked to at least two-private equity firms about potentially assisting them to finance a deal to buy Yahoo Inc.'s core business, according to the story, which cited a person familiar with the matter, and did not identify the source.

The Journal said Google and prospective partners have held early-stage discussions, but haven't assembled a formal proposal. The source said Google may not end up pursuing a bid.

A spokeswoman for Mountain View, California-based Google declined to comment to The Associated Press. A spokeswoman for Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo said the company doesn't comment "on rumor or speculation."

Messages that The AP left on Saturday with representatives of Google, based in Mountain View, California, were not returned.

Any involvement by Google in a Yahoo acquisition would likely draw antitrust scrutiny from regulators, because of both companies' shares in the Internet search business.

The report came as investors have recently driven up Yahoo's stock price, betting that the company will sell itself, either in whole or in part. Closing Friday at $16.12 apiece, the shares have gained nearly 25 percent since Sept. 6, when CEO Carol Bartz was fired. They are up 45 percent from the stock's 52-week low reached in early August.
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#2 FMH

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 22:36

They are just raising it's price for Microsoft.

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Posted 22 October 2011 - 22:55

They are just raising it's price for Microsoft.

Even if Google did make a bid for it, MS wouldn't necessarily be obligated to raise their bid simply for the fact that there is antitrust issues if Yahoo were to accept a deal with Google. In such a deal, Yahoo would only take it if the breakup fee is worth multibillions, similar to the ATT/Tmo deal, but it would be detrimental for them to have a prolonged deal closing period the company as a whole is in decline and will lose value the longer they wait for a legit buyout/merger offer.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 18:18

Nice. Google vs Microsoft over Yahoo.

#5 wv@gt

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 18:41

Now this would be ironic. If anyone remembers before Googles IPO they were partly owned by Yahoo

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 20:18

Why buy a burning platform? It's like someone buying MySpace now. Pointless.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 05:03

Does Yahoo have any patents? ;)

#8 rajputwarrior

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 05:05

Why buy a burning platform? It's like someone buying MySpace now. Pointless.


yahoo still gets a retarded amount of hits, plus right now their searches go through bing. google could stop that.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:07

Title needs to corrected so it makes sense. Google would never "merge" with Yahoo because Google is worth far far substantially more than and could outright buy Yahoo.

#10 zhangm

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:18

Why buy a burning platform? It's like someone buying MySpace now. Pointless.

Intellectual property.

#11 vip

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:26

Yahoo DOES have some good product still, Flickr, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo News, Finance, it's all good stuff just needs to be directed better I think

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:11


yahoo still gets a retarded amount of hits, plus right now their searches go through bing. google could stop that.


No they couldn't.

MS already owns Yahoo search pretty much. not entirely sure, either they own it, or they have a deal where they will get first right to buy it before anyone else and cna block any other buyout of that part of Yahoo.

#13 ichi

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 12:36


No they couldn't.

MS already owns Yahoo search pretty much. not entirely sure, either they own it, or they have a deal where they will get first right to buy it before anyone else and cna block any other buyout of that part of Yahoo.


IIRC they have a 10yrs long exclusive deal. Ditching Bing would be something along the lines of breach of contract.

The thing is Google doesn't actually need Yahoo search... I don't think they would, but if Google actually bought Yahoo they technically might be able to shutdown Yahoo search, if only to give Microsoft the finger.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 12:44

Even if they try, it shouldn't be allowed to happen due to anti-trust issues. They are far too dominant in search to be able to buy another search engine.