What, You Thought The Whole Yahoo/Microsoft Thing Was Over?

from the silly-believer dept

You just knew that the whole Yahoo/Microsoft deal wasn't really over and done with, right? Rumors started spreading yesterday that billionaire investor and professional "shake things up" guy Carl Icahn was going to put forth his own slate for the Yahoo board (after buying up a bunch of shares in the company) which would allow him to create a board that would sell the company off to Microsoft. Those kinds of rumors don't just magically come out of nowhere, so it should come as no surprise that it looks like, indeed, Icahn will be putting forth his own list of potential board members. As plenty of people have noted, this ought to be fun to watch. Dealing with Steve Ballmer is one thing, but taking on Icahn isn't something that many do successfully. Of course, the real question is what does Icahn do with Yahoo should he gain control over the board. Many are assuming that he'll sell it off to Microsoft, which assumes that Microsoft is willing to come back to the table. Either way, it seems like what we witnessed over the last few months was merely Act One. Act Two may be a lot more exciting.


Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:27pm

    buuurrppp. pffff.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:34pm

    Even not with a condom

    I find shopping.yahoo.com quite useful, because there are a lot of small shops which offer things that are hard to find. But if Microsoft takes over, then I will avoid Yahoo like an STD.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    identicon
    Dave, May 14th, 2008 @ 5:54pm

    Why not the other way around?

    I think Yahoo should team up with Google and buy Microsoft and throw Balmer out on his butt.

    It wouldn't change much but I'd laugh a lot.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    identicon
    Steve, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:47pm

    Go Microsoft

    I think it is a great idea for microsoft. I love their products, and i believe they would make yahoo a much better company.

    i know all my tech friends would love to work at microsoft, so they must not be to bad a place to work for.

    -----------------------------------------------------
    that's my 2 cents and they count just as much as anyone elses

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    identicon
    Bobby, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:50pm

    Re: Go Microsoft

    your an idiot. they shouldn't even allow people like you to live!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 14th, 2008 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Go Microsoft

    "that’s my 2 cents and they count just as much as anyone elses"

    sure it does. just keep repeating that to yourself and one day you will believe it.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    identicon
    public10.com, May 14th, 2008 @ 7:23pm

    Let's face it

    It is best this way to make room for more productive and creative companies!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    identicon
    deborah ruppert, May 14th, 2008 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Even not with a condom

    I Second that !

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Annonymous Predator, May 14th, 2008 @ 8:53pm

    Re: Let's face it

    Makes room for more productive and creative companies? What does? Being Assimilated into the MS mess?

    History has taught us that MS - LOVES to BUY - then KILL companies...

    Firefly - 1999
    Caligari - 2008

    There are a bunch of other older apps that at one point had enhanced our lives... The older tech out there can assist in building a list of apps that we loved and MS took away...

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    sachin, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:23pm

    MY

    It will be great to see that drama again. In my opinion it is Microsoft which is in dire need of a company like Yahoo to stay ahead, but will it succeed or fail - only time will tell. It all depends on how you manage the things.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    illegalprelude, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:25pm

    ....

    Did somebody just say they love MS products? Really? That just happened. I guess its Ballmer posting against cause ive never hears a sain person say that one

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:46pm

    A possible hazard

    A possible scenario: Carl Icahn executes a successful takeover. The majority of the board is replaced and shortly thereafter, the key executives are also replaced.

    Icahn and company goes to Microsoft with intent to sell-- and receives nothing but lowball offers.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Steve Billmer, May 14th, 2008 @ 9:58pm

    Someone give me a chair to throw.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    VanCardboardbox, May 15th, 2008 @ 6:28am

    Better Hands

    Perhaps Mark Shuttleworth can be persuaded to buy Yahoo. Yahbuntoo!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    identicon
    Hoeppner, May 15th, 2008 @ 6:50am

    free entertainment woot.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    identicon
    Steve, May 15th, 2008 @ 5:07pm

    Yes i do like ms products

    my 2 cents!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    Brian, May 15th, 2008 @ 11:10pm

    Me too

    For what it's worth, i also like MS products. Easy to use, sometimes buggy as hell, but easy to use for the normal human being. I think we're past that time when it was cool to hate MS. Let's hate Apple or Google better hehehe.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    identicon
    cinthia rios, Sep 17th, 2010 @ 7:54am

    hi

    hey i like ur site

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This