Friday, February 1st, 2008

Microsoft Wants To Buy Yahoo

Ok if you have missed this then you must have been under a rock this morning. You can read the full story here but:

Technology giant Microsoft Corp said on Friday that it had offered to acquire Internet media company Yahoo Inc for $44.6 billion in cash and stock.

Microsoft said it had offered to buy Yahoo for $31 per share, which it said represented a 62 percent premium above the company's closing stock price on Nasdaq on Thursday.

If this goes thru I see this as a GIGANTIC move on Microsoft's part. This would be nice if they could get their shit together and start putting up more of a fight with Big Daddy in the Search Wars. I like advertising on MSN when my stuff is running but I also like Yahoo as well. Combining them I dont know what would happen but I do know that Yahoo turned down the last offer so I am not getting my hopes up just yet. BTW – Their stock is shooting up.

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14 Responses

February 1, 2008

It’s gonna be too hard for Yahoo!’s board & stockholders to reject this offer. They’d be declared legally retarded if they did – the stock was at a 4 yr. low and MisterSoftee’s bid represents a 62% premium.

February 1, 2008

Anti monopoly?

I wonder if the US government will step in to stop it or even the EU for parts of yahoo europe ?


February 1, 2008

Good points.

Interesting Andi as I was sitting here pondering how it’s all going to work out with the foreign parts of their situation.

February 1, 2008

I’m not sure if this is good or bad, personally.

On one hand, it seems like less competition because instead of three companies, there’s two, and two is less than three.

On the other hand, it’s like two six year olds ganging up on an eighth grader; they’ll do better working together, 2 on 1 than 1 on 1 on 1.

Gonna have to agree with Xray; yahoo’s BOD will look like business school flunkouts if they reject the offer.

February 1, 2008

So pissed about this one. I actually went to my brokers office to put in an options order yesterday. I had a feeling something was coming up. Needless to say my order didn’t get placed, because pre-market went crazy.

One day earlier would have netted me $60k.

Really annoying because I wanted to get over there on Monday.

February 1, 2008

I dumped that stock at the end of December but I picked it up again last night. It would be a real earth-mover if this thing happens.

I wonder what they would call it. MSNyhoo?

February 1, 2008

MSN has always wanted to eat up any competition that comes its way… i remember it took over some part of apple as well..

watever facts maybe, time for uncle bill let go of the big bros… ;)

February 1, 2008

@ Chris – Ha good one how bout this one…MS…N…yhoo? lol

February 2, 2008

If this goes threw it prolly will make it a lot more efficient for us as marketers ,we’ll have one less place to go to set up campaigns and adds on .

Also if this was to happen i think it would give the big G-spot a run for there money.

February 2, 2008

@ Andi – that’s a good, valid point. Even though Google is the ‘Cloverfield’ monster, I wonder if Microsoft’s past sins will come back to bite the deal in the backside.

One other thing. If your biz/stock have peformed poorly, you rejected my previous offer and conditions have gotten worse, why would they offer such a premium on the opening lob? I would think they would have gone with a low ball bid at first, then raise the bid in increments. Maybe they were looking to put the deal out of reach to any other potential suitors. What do you all think?

February 12, 2008

Yahoo! is rejecting Microsoft’s offer, but I doubt that it’s dead. Yahoo! is just trying to get a bigger premium before it says “OK” . That’s why I thought MSFT should’ve low-balled them on the 1st offer.

Here’s a link to a WSJ article about it:

February 12, 2008

Yeah … Funny because Google were having talks with Yahoo. I can help but think Google had something to do with Yahoo’s decision.


February 22, 2009

Not very happy with this as either google or micro$oft buy yahoo!

I am okay with merger, but not very keen to see monopoly on search engine world. CUIL didn’t make enough buzz after so much expectations and big 3 are the only main search engines for past decade.

I would not want to see search engine monopoly because I think either google or M$ will win this one once one of them bought Yahoo!.

would be very interesting to see.

April 1, 2009

I remember when this was going on, it doesn’t seem like they’re attempting to buy Yahoo anymore. I personally would like to see them as separate companies too. Although $44.6 billion is a real lot, I’m surprised that yahoo didn’t take the offer.