OH, OK. Now it’s really going to kick off. Microsoft is offering to buy Yahoo in a $44.6 billion move that will kick off the battle royal for internet supremacy between Redmond and Google.
The rumours have been doing the rounds for a couple of years. At a stroke, Microsoft will get the closest set of properties on the planet to the G-men’s forces.
Some folks thought this deal would never happen given the tons of crossover between the pair and Microsoft’s historical stinginess in M&A, but it needed to do something radical. This is it.
We’ll be back with more on this mother and father of all mergers once we’ve got our breath back. µ
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