Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 15:53 UTC
Internet & Networking "Over a year ago, Microsoft executives sent out feelers to Facebook to see if the company would be interested in acquiring Bing, though the overture was not officially sanctioned by Steven A. Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, one of these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg declined, saying Facebook had too much else to concentrate on. Dawn Beauparlant, a spokeswoman for Microsoft, declined to comment, as did Ashley Zandy, a spokeswoman for Facebook." Seems Facebook is smart.
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Strange
by CapEnt on Fri 27th Apr 2012 16:52 UTC
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

If the execs in charge of Bing wanted to get rid of it, why they did so much effort to merge with Yahoo in a not so distant past?

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RE: Strange
by kwan_e on Fri 27th Apr 2012 17:22 in reply to "Strange"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

If the execs in charge of Bing wanted to get rid of it, why they did so much effort to merge with Yahoo in a not so distant past?


It's called salesmanship. You never EVER let on how desperately you want to get rid of something. Even if you would be willing to pay for others to buy it off you, you act as though it is so valuable you'd trade your grandchild's life for it.

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RE: Strange
by The123king on Fri 27th Apr 2012 20:20 in reply to "Strange"
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2009-05-28

Simply put, Yahoo had at one point a significant market presence, and as such, people are more likely to relate to the Yahoo brand than the Bing brand. Microsoft knew this, hence the attempted buyout.

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