Leosghost - 1:02 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
Apple need Yahoo! like a fish needs a bicycle..and with the transition from Jobs in the driver's seat to deal with ..a unicycle for a fish would be closer to the mark as not a good match.
MS like to have as much control as they can ( direct or indirect ) over who they work with ..They have invested time and money in the deal with Yahoo! ..A little more money ( which was already earmarked for the deal ..and which Ballmer needs no-ones "go ahead" to spend in that direction ) and they'd have the control they need to make them feel comfortable..
How we feel about how that might pan out .. is immaterial..
Yang was a fool once ..will the others let him be a fool twice ?