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Microsoft in talks with private equity firms to buy Yahoo

Beleaguered internet giant gives potential buyers two weeks to submit preliminary bids for core business assets

Microsoft is reportedly in talks with potential Yahoo investors about financing a buy out of the beleaguered company,

Microsoft is keen to preserve its relationship with the once-great Yahoo, as the two firms have a host of search and advertising agreements in place. Reuters reported that private equity firms interested in Yahoo approached Microsoft, quoting ‘a person familiar with the situation’. The source added that talks are ‘preliminary’ in nature.

Yahoo has been under sustained pressure from activist investors and last month, the company folded, saying it would auction off its core internet business, including search, mail and news, as well as its stake in Alibaba. 

Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, has finally started turning a profit, and is seen as the only viable contender to Google’s dominance in search. Bing serves up results and ads for 51% of Yahoo searches, and so it is in Microsoft’s best interests to keep Yahoo’s services alive and well.

Other companies said to be interested in Yahoo are Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Alibaba. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo hopes to quickly sort the wheat from the chaff, and has given potential suitors until April 11 to submit preliminary bids for core assets. 

Adding fuel to the fire, activist hedge fund, Starboard Value, has moved to oust the entire board of Yahoo, including CEO Marissa Mayer 

“We believe that Yahoo is deeply undervalued and opportunities exist within the control of management and the Board of Directors to unlock significant value for the benefit of all shareholders,” said Jeff Smith, CEO of Starboard.

“Unfortunately, as we have outlined in previous letters, we have been extremely disappointed with Yahoo’s dismal financial performance, poor management execution, egregious compensation and hiring practices, and general lack of accountability and oversight by the Board. We believe the Board clearly lacks the leadership, objectivity, and perspective needed to make decisions that are in the best interests of shareholders.”

Yahoo stated that it would review all nine members nominated by Starboard and respond accordingly.

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Don't let Microsoft do it..I'm afraid they are spreading themselves to thin and everything they touch is buggy. Win10 updates are way too often. Why? If this take over does happen, I see my Yahoo days going by the wayside to Google. Sorry Microsoft :(
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Again? What does yahoo even have anymore that makes sense for Microsoft at this point? Yahoo isn't what it used to be when it was a leader in email, search, and collaboration. I struggle to name one thing they can be known for at this point.

Its sad, there was a time when Yahoo was among the first tech companies to get mentioned. I still hope they can rebound, but I just don't know what to think about yahoo today.
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Granted, Yahoo is a little outdated. They have done some things to try and breathe some life into the site. My main thing is I have had an e-mail account here for as long as I remember. I do not want to have to change it and notify everyone I deal with of a new address and well as business cards, letterheads and what ever other printed material has the e-mail listed.
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After thinking about this a bit, the thought occurs to me, that there could be value in the Yahoo label.  i remember when Atari was a name synonymous with a Game manufacturer, and later, was just a label applied to various games.  Perhaps Yahoo could have value in that vein.
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