So, is Microsoft still bidding on Yahoo!, and is Yahoo! still up for sale?

Question by Yay Ah!: So, is Microsoft still bidding on Yahoo!, and is Yahoo! still up for sale?
I know Yahoo!’s management is doing everything it can to thwart off Microsoft’s acquisition. But, what’s happening right now?

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Answer by mason pearson
According to Dow Jones News MSFT is thinking of making it an all cash deal instead of up to half cash for YHOO. MSFT stock is down 11% since the initial bid, which makes the deal at about $ 29 instead of 31.( 3/19/08)

Also note this from sinocast…. other copyright info at the end of the article.

The Chinese Internet firm Alibaba Group now is in talks with two investors, including a China sovereign wealth fund, about the acquisition of its stake from Yahoo! Inc., disclosed an insider.

Moreover, Alibaba are also brewing to have formal discussions with more investors within the week. The company plans to repurchase part of the stake held by Yahoo! if the latter is acquired by Microsoft Corporation, added the insider.

In early 2008, Microsoft made an offer for Yahoo! but was rejected by the latter’s board. The repurchase of the ownership, noted the source, will enhance the position of Jack Ma, who is the founder of Alibaba and now responsible for management. However, the repurchase will be possible only after Yahoo! is acquired by Microsoft.

Yahoo!, the largest single shareholder of Alibaba, currently owns a 39 percent in the Chinese company. Meanwhile, Japan’s Softbank Corp and Alibaba’s manage team led by Jack Ma respectively takes a 28 percent and a 33 percent stake.

From homeway.com, Page 1, Thursday, March 20, 2008 info@SinoCast.Com

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