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Exclusive: Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo [reuters.com]
Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday.
Microsoft joins a host of other companies looking at Yahoo, which has a market value of about $20 billion and is readying financial pitch books for potential buyers, they said.
Those companies include buyout shops Providence Equity Partners, Hellman & Friedman and Silver Lake Partners, as well as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and Russian technology investment firm DST Global, the sources said.
MS would be a natural, alibaba would be a catastrophe..Totally agree! Imagine the culture shock. Maybe they'll do it with Alibaba for tax purposes and to unload what MS doesn't want.