Lions at the gate: Microsoft vs Yahoo

by oneafrikan on May 23, 2008

If you’re interested in the inner workings of internet capitalism, then this should give you some good insight into how the system works…

_ Microsoft-Yahoo, Version 2.0

Every day it looks more likely that Yahoo! (YHOO) co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo will lose control of the company they built into the Net’s first iconic brand. Days after they appeared to have dodged an unsolicited $47.5 billion acquisition bid from Microsoft, raider Carl Icahn began buying millions of Yahoo shares, building up a 4.3% stake.

On May 15 he announced plans to replace Yahoo’s board in hopes of getting the company back to the negotiating table with Microsoft. Apparently with some success: On May 18, Microsoft signaled renewed interest in Yahoo by jumping back in with a fresh proposal that involves, as one option, taking over Yahoo’s search-advertising business

My take, it’s gonna happen – there’s too much to be gained from it, for it not to happen. Guess the question is in what form and when.

4 comments

Hey man, Microsoft and Yahoo are up to whole lot more than that. I don’t mean to spam links or whatever but have you read this?
http://luckysocks.rubiksroom.com/2008/05/23/battle-for-the-soul-of-the-internet/

by Luckysocks on May 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm. Reply #

Thanks, just read it ;-)
Share price and domination then…

by Gareth Knight on May 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm. Reply #

Yep, sad though… the thing is (I reckon) this whole Social Networking craze will fall out of vogue soon enough and MS would have spent a bundle on a crappy search engine and a social-thingy but people will move on. As Google continues to innovate, microsoft will just keep trying to catch up by buying everyone elses stuff…

Mind you, I wouldn’t say no to $20 Billion… in fact, GO MICROSOFT – buy me and my kidneys!

by Luckysocks on May 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm. Reply #

That’s business dude ;-)

The next 5 years are going to be very interesting….

by Gareth Knight on May 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm. Reply #

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