Feeds

Microsoft and Yahoo! renew their marriage talks

Ballmer expands dowry

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Microhoo Microsoft and Yahoo! have pulled their chairs back up to the proverbial negotiating table.

Citing an unnamed source, The New York Times insists the two giants are now in "active merger talks." Apparently, Microsoft made that outrageous Yahoo! bid even more outrageous, raising its valuation of Jerry Yang and crew "by several dollars" a share.

So, Microsoft is saying that Yahoo! is worth somewhere between $46bn and $52bn. Yesterday, word was that Ballmer and the Ballmerettes were mulling a raise to $33 a share, before some large Yahoo! shareholders insisted on $35 to $37.

One shareholder told the The New York Times that $34 could get the deal done.

More than three weeks ago, Microsoft threatened a proxy fight if Yahoo! didn't agree to its original $44.6bn (about $29 per share) offer within three weeks. Then the company threatened to walk away from the deal entirely. All of which leads us to believe that Microsoft threats are meaningless - and that Ballmer really wants Jerry Yang.

The Times goes on to say that both Microsoft and Yahoo! are raining phone calls onto shareholders, trying to find out what sort of deal they'd accept. But the paper's inside source warned that talks could still break down. What a smart source. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.