Microsoft Evaluating Yahoo Bid

Microsoft Corp is evaluating its bid for Yahoo Inc because the Internet company may have lost value since Microsoft made its offer, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The news, sent Yahoo shares down more than 5 percent in extended trade.

After weeks of silence, recent comments from various sources to journalists suggest the software maker is hardening its stance and pushing Yahoo for action. The sources told Reuters that Yahoo has lost key personnel, making the company less valuable, while generous severance packages it handed out to executives and full-time employees in the case of a takeover have made it more expensive.

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The fact that "(the news) sent Yahoo shares down more than 5 percent in extended trade." is more than a bit sad for Yahoo shareholders.

I find it hilarious that the giant only had to clear his throat and the market shuddered, the intended target decreasing in value.

I would really love to see Google buy them at the last minute. The look on Ballmer's face would be priceless.

(TRC said @ #7)
I would really love to see Google buy them at the last minute. The look on Ballmer's face would be priceless. :laugh:

Another reader who doesn't understand the article or the subject apparently.

Another reader who doesn't understand the article or the subject apparently.

Another reader who doesn't know when something is a joke.

(Chrono951 said @ #4.1)
I wonder how much Google would sell for?


a cool $147Billion. That's how much you would have to pay to buy all shares outstanding. .

(chaosblade said @ #3)
It's Yahoo!'s user-base they are after, not their services.

I wonder if the users would stay, it seems like every time this merger is mentioned, people get more worried about staying with Yahoo. If MS were smart, they would quickly outline their plans to show users why they should stay with Yahoo... of course that could backfire if they don't end up purchasing them, especially if it doesn't go through because of antitrust regulations.

Sounds to me like Yahoo! won, they were certainly determined to stop MS buying them. However, looks like they aren't exactly getting away from it unscathed either. Well if Yahoo! end up going under, I'll have no sympathy for them as MS gave them a chance and they spat in MS's face.

The only way Yahoo could win would have been by accepting right away, it could possibly have saved some jobs too.

as it is not Yahoo is only losing, Yahoo is sinking and dropping it's people like yesterdays trash to keep the company alive and to keep the top paying managemen still at work. And wich the news that MS may be dropping the bid to buy Yahoo because of lower value. what will happen ? well the Yahoo stock will sink even further in Value, MS gives a ew lower bid but still way above market value. And Yahoo has no option but to accept.

who loses here ? the owners who get less money for selling, and all the staff that in the meantime has had to be fired from a sinking company. andMS wins since they got Yahoo even cheaper than the generous first bid.

(Xerxes said @ #1)
Sounds to me like Yahoo! won, they were certainly determined to stop MS buying them. However, looks like they aren't exactly getting away from it unscathed either. Well if Yahoo! end up going under, I'll have no sympathy for them as MS gave them a chance and they spat in MS's face.

Read it again then. Yahoo didn't win. Now the company is going to be bought for less money.

EDIT: Nevermind, seems MS are planning a hostile take over. So no point trying to explain what I meant cause it doesn't matter now :P Oh well, Yahoo! did this to itself, I have no sympathy for them.