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12:38 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yahoo CEO, Yang, Disappointed Google Didn't Fight Harder [latimesblogs.latimes.com]
Just this morning, with the Department of Justice threatening to sue to block a proposed search advertising partnership, Google announced it was walking away rather than face a protracted legal fight.

"It's disappointing to us that Google didn't want to defend this deal," Yang told conference program chair John Battelle. Battelle interviewed Yang as part of the three-day conference, which is focused on the theme "Web meets world."

1:15 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Probably Yahoo would have gained a lot had this deal gone through. However Google has nothing to lose!
1:49 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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So he is disappointed huh?

How about the Yahoo shareholders?

It is going to be so sweet watching him beg MS for a quarter of the deal they first offered.

Oh wait I forgot you have AOL you can partner with ;) just the boat anchor you need to firmly take you to the bottom with it.

1:58 pm on Nov 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What Yahoo shareholders?
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"Probably Yahoo would have gained a lot had this deal gone through. However Google has nothing to lose!"

Google got burned with Myspace when they promised to much to get the deal, and my guess is that they promised too much to Y as well.

They probably cheered when the Y! didn't go through. Yahoo gambled and lost badly, MSFT was paying cash too (well, half)

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In many ways this is good for Google. Yahoo continues to struggle, Microsoft buys them, fires most of the idiots, and then simply absorbs the Yahoo traffic. We all know how lousy Microsoft has been on the web. They mess up even more. G rules the world.
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Google got burned with Myspace when they promised to much to get the deal, and my guess is that they promised too much to Y as well.

They probably cheered when the Y! didn't go through. Yahoo gambled and lost badly, MSFT was paying cash too (well, half)

I think its a masterful move by Google! What better way to hurt your competition than to keep a deal from happening (by giving yahoo hope) then dropping out last minute and letting everyone drown with no hope. Obviously the less competition Google has the better and if Yahoo goes under Google will just absorb their share of the crowd.
IF and I mean IF Microsoft considers buying Yahoo it will most likely be just the search engine. Once that is done the rest of Yahoo will either be broken up to other companies or just fade away.
Hopefully Microsoft is smart enough to include the Yahoo name in the whole purchase deal.

Just my two cents

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I doubt if MS will bail them out I think they most likely wanted to keep Yahoo out of Googles hands, now there is no point in worrying about that.
7:52 pm on Nov 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Disappointed? Does he seriously not think that this was completely intentional on Google's part from the beginning? Announce a partnership to drive the cost up and shoo away MS, then drop the ball later seriously devaluing Yahoo overall.
10:13 pm on Nov 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Very ironic: The Googleguys went to him, a fellow Stanford student, hoping to get Y! to buy Google very, very early on.

Get it live and then we'll talk was the answer. Life is strange.