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Microsoft to Yahoo: Ignore Ballmer, He’s Just a Flirt


From proposal to almost-marriage to messy breakup, their love affair dominated tech news for the first half of the year. Now that the Yahoo/Google deal has supplanted the proposed Yahoo/Microsoft merger in the public attention, it looks like Steve Ballmer’s getting a little lonely again. In a keynote earlier this week, the Microsoft CEO said:

We offered $33 bucks (for Yahoo) and it’s $11 today. It’s clear Yahoo didn’t want to sell. They probably still think it’s worth more than $33 a share.

I still think it makes sense for their shareholders and ours.

That evening, Carl Icahn, who long pushed for the deal, agreed with Ballmer:

I will say and I continue to say that sooner or later there’s got to be a deal with Microsoft and Yahoo of some type. I really believe that very strongly.

Meanwhile, as CNET reports, Yahoo’s shares jumped at the prospect.
But Microsoft corporate was quick to tell Yahoo, “Tough cookies.” Well, more accurately, they said, “Microsoft has no interest in acquiring Yahoo!; there are no discussions between the companies.”

What do you think—doth Microsoft protest too much?

  • http://solinkable.com SoLinkable

    Hah. I watched their stock prices jump too… Ballmer really hit the nail on the head when he said that: “They probably still think it’s worth more than $33 a share.”

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  • http://thatwashot.com willbill

    Saying “Microsoft has no interest in acquiring Yahoo!” is just a business strategy. Its the same as saying, “We don’t like you, but we pity your fall that’s why maybe we can salvage you later.”

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  • http://www.greatpriceshere.com Nicole Price

    The curtain has not been dropped yet on the saga.

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  • http://www.downloadic.com Downloadic

    I think Microsoft interests in acquiring Yahoo!

  • http://www.jordankasteler.com/utah-seo-pro-blog/ Utah SEO Pro

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually merge still.

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  • http://www.oldflirt.co.uk Old Flirt

    It’s the best time to launch a hostile take-over. Every weak company should be aware and prepared.

  • http://thisismyurl.com Christopher Ross

    LOL, I know that MS is a huge company but it always seems surprising to me how often they contract themselves. I used to spend a lot of time reading XBox news and it was almost daily that they put their own foot in their mouth.

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  • http://www.dstudiobali.com/webdesign/busby-seo-test-page/ Busby SEO

    I’ll be surprised if they merge. How powerfull they are

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  • http://www.gadgets4nowt.co.uk PS3

    Do shares really have a true value. All it takes is a bit of clever media to manipulate the figures, that has nothign whatsoever to do with what the businesses are worth.

  • http://secret-affiliatecode2.com Secret Affiliate Code 2

    I wonder if they´ll ever sell. Even today, I learned Yahoo is letting go people.. sad..

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  • http://www.xeltek.com MGA

    Not sure about the deal between Aol and Yahoo but MS is provoking to make yahoo accept any possible deal in future.

  • http://www.dealgiant.co.uk Saz

    People were worried about big G’s monopoly I wonder what would they say when this actually happens

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  • http://www.ipwner.net/ipwner iPwner

    Haha, interesting article story. :D

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