Yahoo talks with AOL, Microsoft mulls joint bid with News Corp.

The question of Yahoo’s fate has just gotten a good deal more complicated. Three days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presented Yahoo with a three-week ultimatum and the threat of a hostile takeover, Bloomberg reports that Yahoo is now in talks with AOL over a potential partnership.

According to a tipster with “knowledge of the talks” quoted by Bloomberg, a Yahoo-AOL deal would see Yahoo take control of AOL, receive an investment from Time Warner (AOL’s parent company), and sell a 20% stake in the resulting entity. As part of the deal, Yahoo would also be able to “buy back billions of dollars in stock.” That said, investors and analysts seem dubious that a deal with AOL would really be in Yahoo’s best interest. Mike Holland, Chairman of investment firm Holland & Co., told Bloomberg, “The AOL-Yahoo thing reminds me of two men drowning, both grabbing on to each other.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that News Corp. and Microsoft are currently in talks over the possibility of a joint bid for Yahoo. The Times says such a bid would see Yahoo, MSN, and MySpace join forces to make “a behemoth that would upend the Internet landscape.” However, an anonymous person involved in the talks told the paper that Microsoft and News Corp. are still negotiating, and that “there’s a long way to go before anything is definite.”

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    • bogbox
    • 12 years ago

    Yahoo is almost bought . in europe yahoo mess is mostly used
    I hope ms doen’t fills it with bloatware like windows

      • Stijn
      • 12 years ago

      Do you mean yahoo messenger with “yahoo mess”?
      I think MSN / Windows Live Messenger is far more popular in Europe.

        • bogbox
        • 12 years ago

        yes , but in my country yahoo messenger is used by everyone , at least 10 milion people. i’m speaking with a lot people by messenger foreign contrys

      • BenBasson
      • 12 years ago

      Who the hell uses Yahoo Messenger? Not a single person I know does, that’s for sure.

    • A_Pickle
    • 12 years ago

    I hate Yahoo. The sooner they cease to exist, cease peddling that damn piece of software called the “Yahoo Toolbar,” cease peddling their search and other bloatware to pre-made HP machines…

    …the better. Good riddance.

      • indeego
      • 12 years ago

      heh. It’s just a toolbar. You can always uncheck the boxg{<...<}g

        • opinionated
        • 12 years ago

        Here’s an idea….instead of forcing us to uncheck the box for the toolbar, how about making it so you have to check the box if you want the toolbar? But wait, that would mean all the unsuspecting boobs wouldn’t get the toolbar surrepticiously downloaded onto their machine, wouldn’t it?

    • ludi
    • 12 years ago

    Microsoft, News Corp, and Yahoo? That’s the most brazen attempt yet to initiate the apocalypse. Can’t see Yahoo’s role in the end times, though. Maybe if they can figure a way to drag Comcast into it.

      • Irascible
      • 12 years ago

      I normally roll my eyes at corporate haters, but that was too funny. It I hadn’t of swallowed my coffee moments earlier I would be cleaning it off my screen. 🙂

      • Jive
      • 12 years ago

      A corporate sex romp of the most humiliating degree…

      • Mourmain
      • 12 years ago

      Three dark figures… We need just one more for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 12 years ago

    Yahoo buying AOL is the single *[

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    Wow did a chairman of the board just drop a Shakespeare reference?

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Fear of Google is making everybody crazy….

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