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Microsoft-Yahoo Talks End

Posted on Thursday, Jun 12th 2008

The WSJ is reporting that Microsoft no longer wants to acquire Yahoo!. Shares of Yahoo lost 10%, or $2.63, to $23.52 as of 4 p.m Eastern. It will go down much further. Jerry Yang will be fired soon. The executive exodus will march on, and Kara Swisher is making a career out of reporting on them.

Many criticize Balmer, but as someone commented over at Barrons, “Balmer’s mistake was he thought he was dealing with yahoos, not bozos.”

At the end of the day, the Yahoo! Board’s most serious mistake has been not to find a “real” CEO immediately after the departure of Terry Semel. Jerry Yang was never a CEO, and some on that Board admitted to me privately that it was a huge mistake to give him the job.

Just how big a mistake it was, is becoming increasingly evident.

Even today, though, in the hands of a capable turnaround CEO, Yahoo! can still be turned around.

There is still a chance that Microsoft will aid Yahoo!’s free fall in the stock price and come and buy it next year for a lot less than $33.

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I think with the agreement with Google, specially so with a $250 mil breakup fee, I think we can be assured MSFT’s ain’t coming back.

Yahoo, you just dug your own grave. F*cked, I say. Totally. Royally.


PA Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 4:34 PM PT

Unbelievable, I am simply dumb-founded at the stupidity of the goings.

Sramana Mitra Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 4:39 PM PT