In an article published on Friday, New York Post writer Tim Arango claims that Microsoft has been in discussions with eBay for several weeks about the possibility of acquiring the online auction giant. According to the article, sources claim that Microsoft would integrate eBay with its MSN portal. It's no secret that Microsoft has recently been taking larger and more frequent strides to compete with search giant Google, who is also well known for its competitive diversification. Could this be the advantage that Microsoft is looking for?
The article also speculates that the Yahoo-eBay deal would not prevent Microsoft from pursuing the acquisition of eBay, but that it may make the discussions slow down while the legal teams go over any possible antitrust issues.
News source: New York Post