Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th May 2007 15:51 UTC, submitted by Almafeta
Microsoft Software maker Microsoft asked search engine operator Yahoo to re-enter formal negotiations for an acquisition that could be worth USD 50 billion, the New York Post reported on Friday. Microsoft is feeling increasing pressure to compete with Google, which plans to beef up its portfolio with a USD 3.1 billion buy of online advertising company DoubleClick. Earlier this week, Yahoo said it would buy 80 percent of advertising exchange Right Media for USD 680 million, increasing its stake in that company to full control. Microsoft currently trails both Yahoo and Google in the lucrative and growing business of Web search. Update:. The deal's off.
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by airwedge1 on Fri 4th May 2007 17:01 UTC
airwedge1
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2006-02-22

These would be a blow to BSD. Yahoo is one of there biggest supporters. It probably take years for a conversion, but eventually we'd end up with msn search with a yahoo.com url, and then it will suck, and no one will use it, and then ms will loose 50 billion.

Heck now that I think about it maybe they should do it. Maybe the 50 billion will but MS under...

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RE: BSD
by w00dst0ck on Fri 4th May 2007 17:08 in reply to "BSD"
w00dst0ck Member since:
2006-02-01

Ah you beat me to it.

I wonder if they'll pull a hotmail and eventually phase out all of the linux/bsd servers that yahoo uses. From what I understand there are far more BSD servers over at the yahoo camp.

I use FreeBSD and I would hate to see this happen. But a more personal note, I would hate to see Yahoo run by Microsoft. I friggin hate Microsoft! They're just a huge technology stifling monopoly!

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RE[2]: BSD
by shykid on Fri 4th May 2007 17:38 in reply to "RE: BSD"
shykid Member since:
2007-02-22

And the both of you beat me to it. I was already typing a new comment about it, but I scrolled up to reference the article and saw this comment. I need to RTFC.

I wonder if they'll pull a hotmail and eventually phase out all of the linux/bsd servers that yahoo uses. From what I understand there are far more BSD servers over at the yahoo camp.

I'm fairly sure they will, though it would be rather interesting--and perhaps much easier from a technical standpoint--if they migrated to Novell SUSE or something.

I wonder if they will migrate all of the Yahoo! Mail users to Hotmail/Windows Live Mail/whatever it is these days. I believe that they will either incorporate the Windows Live Mail backend to Yahoo! Mail or use Yahoo! Mail's backend on Windows Live Mail. Or build an hybrid of the two.

Despite being long-time SUSE user and evangelist (though my love of SUSE has decreased significantly since the horrendously buggy 10.1 & 10.2 releases), I'm also a big fan of the BSDs, particularly FreeBSD. (I think SUSE sitting on top of a FreeBSD kernel would be pretty cool.) It would sadden me if they changed server operating systems, be it to Microsoft, Novell, or anybody else.

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