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[Furrier]Silicon Valley Rumor: Microsoft to Buy Yahoo Search and Then Facebook

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My sources say that the Yahoo and Microsoft teams are bunkered down in a Palo Alto hotel hammering out the final stages of a transaction that will have Microsoft picking up the Yahoo search business. Word is that this deal will be done this week. While this is not surprising, it does bring to question the motives and plans of Microsoft.

Techmeme is buzzing about the latest Microsoft Yahoo talks that has Microsoft buying the Yahoo Search business only. Here is Microsoft’s and Yahoo official statements.

Why would such a complicated transaction (just Yahoo search with all the headaches and all) be in the cards for Microsoft? After the failed bid for $40 plus billion for all of Yahoo, Microsoft’s intentions are clear. Buy the search business from Yahoo and take that team and go spend at least 20 billion for Facebook. Integrating the search team at Yahoo with Facebook puts a formidable army to take on Google.

What a move this makes. Yahoo gets everyone off their back, Microsoft gets a credible position in search, and buys Facebook to compete with Google. The price about $45 billion.

This is going to be good.

Update: here is a post from Kara Swisher - Microsoft’s Kevin Johnson’s “We Can Compete†memo - Microsoft needs Facebook and Facebook needs Microsoft.
http://furrier.org/2008/05/19/silico...then-facebook/

Makes Myspace look like a good bargain compared to Facebook.
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haha people should move onto another site.
    
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I would quite facebook if M$ got there hands on it in a heartbeat
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If you are a anti MS dude, why are you using Windows???
Cmon, If you hate MS that much, get Ubuntu, and get rid of XP.

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If you are a anti MS dude, why are you using Windows???
Cmon, If you hate MS that much, get Ubuntu, and get rid of XP.

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He probably has a hotmail account too.
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You wouldn't believe how many people I see with facebook open on their laptops in the cafeteria. Personally I don't understand the thrill of that crap, but it's going to make Microsoft a lot of money.
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How does 40 plus 20 equal 45? Even if the money comes from Yahoo to buy Facebook (which I don't see how since they don't have that kind of a cash reserve as far as I know), I don't see how 20 billion from a subsidiary company equates to 5 billion for the parent company.
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How does 40 plus 20 equal 45? Even if the money comes from Yahoo to buy Facebook (which I don't see how since they don't have that kind of a cash reserve as far as I know), I don't see how 20 billion from a subsidiary company equates to 5 billion for the parent company.
If you actually read the article, you would've have understood that the $40 billion was to buy all of yahoo.

Instead they may plan on just buying the yahoo search team (which would equate to less money) plus facebook for $20 billion.

The estimate of $45 billion would mean that to buy the yahoo search team, it would only cost them $25 billion.
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I would quite facebook if M$ got there hands on it in a heartbeat
No you wouldn't, life would go on.
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