Daily Debrief: Is Microhoo still a possibility? Video
Daily Debrief: Is Microhoo still a possibility? Video Transcript
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>> I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNETnews.com. Welcome to the Daily Debrief. Senior writer Ina Fried is here to talk about Yahoo and Microsoft are back at the negotiating table. Tell us about this Ina.
>> So, that's what we're hearing, you know. This is likened to teenagers that can't decide whether they wanna just be friends, go steady, break up entirely. So, what we're hearing is that they are again talking. There was one report yesterday, they were talking about an actual buyout. That's not what we're hearing. What we're hearing is that it's some sort of search deal, perhaps along the lines of the deal that Microsoft had made just before Yahoo went with Google.
>> So, the second wave of talks, who initiated it? Did Yahoo come to Microsoft or Microsoft come to Yahoo?
>> Well, I don't know and it's an interesting question. I mean, you could argue which one is more desperate, I mean in a sense, Yahoo does have a deal with Google--
>> So, they have done that and that said their stock has continued to decline well below the levels that Microsoft was offering. So, there maybe...either side could be the one pushing this and they're both probably trying to make it seem like they're not desperate but, you know, the same reasons why they fell into each other's arms to begin with are likely still present. The Google deal notwithstanding.
>> And this is just for a portion of Yahoo and we think that it's just specifically for the search.
>> That's the part that Microsoft has shown the most interest in. We're definitely hearing it's not a fall out buyout. At the same time, once a company started talking, you know, the original deal about a buyout turned into the search deal proposal. It's easy to see how it might, you know, once again be a buyout for the full company, although that's not what we're hearing they're talking about now.
>> Now, how do these talks implicate or impact Carl Icahn and his offer on the table?
>> Well, you know, he's just one of those other factors that's swirling in this. I mean, clearly, you know, he's in it for the money and, you know, I think he'd be open to anything that, you know, help the stock and, you know, return more of his investment. So, it's a factor. I mean it's hard to know where he sits on it, though.
>> Well, fickle lovers we'll have to keep following this sort of romance and see how it shakes out in the end.
>> Sounds good.
>> Thank you, Ina. I'm Kara Tsuboi with Ina Fried, CNETnews.com. We'll see you on the next Daily Debrief. ^M00:02:11 [ Music ]
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