It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar - Jerome K. Jerome
YAHOO BOSS Jerry Yang said he wished Microsoft would buy his company.
Speaking at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Yang said:"To this day, I'd say the best thing for Microsoft to do is buy Yahoo."
He added, "Did we want to do the deal? Yes."
It is not clear whether Yang's comments were prompted by the collapse of the agreement between his firm and the mighty Gurgle. The pair wanted team up on search advertising but Gurgle pulled out yesterday.
"It's clear that government regulators and some advertisers continue to have concerns about the agreement," said the outfit. "Pressing ahead risked not only a protracted legal battle but also damage to relationships with valued partners. That wouldn't have been in the long term interests of Google or our users, so we have decided to end the agreement."
The US Justice Department had vowed to block the alliance since it would hand the pair something like 90 per cent of internet search advertising.
That leaves Yahoo out on a limb, and has Yang lifting his skirts a little in order to woo the Vole back for a cuddle.
But Microsoft is playing hard to get. "Microsoft has no interest in acquiring Yahoo. There are no discussions between the companies," it said last month, despite the fact hoarse whisperer Steve Ballmer was still saying the deal still made sense.
Whether any of these jokers means what he says, or has half an eye on stock price fluctuations is hard to fathom.
What a bunch of stunts. µ
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