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swa66 - 11:45 am on Apr 6, 2008 (gmt 0)We all loose when MSFT gets another go at creating a pseudo monopoly by illegally abusing their existing ones. They've been convicted and fined record fines for that to proof the point.
Nobody will win here:
Yahoo! will loose its identity, its creative drive and its supporters.
MSFT will not be able to assimilate Yahoo!, at least not before everything interesting has run away
Google might be the most beneficial player in the short to mid term (picking up good people, picking up market share, seeing their mortal enemy struggle with absorbing what cannot get absorbed ...). But once the long term kicks in we risk MSFT's "natural" tendency to go after markets it's insignificant in and leverage their monopoly in other areas to break into it and fully take it over. They've done it numerous times: browsers: netscape, real player, wordperfect, they all had nearly all of the market at one time. What would make most sense if for Google to step in and pick up Yahoo!'s shares at a low price.
shareholders: yep they might win if they play their hand at the right time, but they might just as well not, anyway they're too opportunistic to be a consideration for me. But in the end they too benefit from a a decent overall economy and that just cannot be built with monopolies, it *needs* competition to work, to advance, to grow.
All I can hope is that somehow it fail to pass [regulatory oversight? EU competition rules?, ...]
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