Now, If We Buy You, Can We Lose the Deal with Microsoft?

WSJ says (reg required) Facebook and Yahoo are close to a deal. OF course, Microsoft won't like that much…. People familiar with the matter say the company has held separate acquisition talks with Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Viacom Inc. over the past year. Now, say some of these…

WSJ says (reg required) Facebook and Yahoo are close to a deal. OF course, Microsoft won’t like that much….



People familiar with the matter say the company has held separate acquisition talks with Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Viacom Inc. over the past year. Now, say some of these people, the start-up is in serious discussions — again — to sell itself to Yahoo for an amount that could approach $1 billion.

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3 thoughts on “Now, If We Buy You, Can We Lose the Deal with Microsoft?”

  1. I would think MSFT would be very happy about that. It’s always good when competitors overpay for assets. Less money to spend on other things.

  2. Dano, if the Facebook/MSN deal was anything like the MySpace/Google deal then MSN is basically making no money on the deal so Facebook uses their advertising instead of a competitor’s. If that money is actually going to a competitor, then no, they will not like it at all.

  3. Wondering why my comments are consistantly banned. I don’t spam and I am on topic. Considering how I see a lot of junk comments on some of the posts on SearchBlog I have to think your comment system still has unresolved issues!

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