News Corp. Says ‘No’ to Deal with Yahoo!

Perhaps the most interesting of the potential alternative deals to Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! just evaporated. Rupert Murdoch told a Bear Stearns investment conference that it wouldn’t be competing with Redmond:

“We’re not going to get into a fight with Microsoft, which has a lot more money than us,” Murdoch told investors…

This probably means that they couldn’t make the numbers work. And it also means AOL is really all that’s left for Yahoo! — and that’s doubtful for several reasons. A Microsoft acquisition now has the feeling of inevitability.

The Financial Times interviews Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie regarding the challenges of integrating the two companies. And Om Malik talks with Ozzie about a range of issues including how Microsoft is confronting “the cloud.”

5 Responses to “News Corp. Says ‘No’ to Deal with Yahoo!”

  1. From the Pipeline - 3.10.08 | WinExtra Says:

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  4. Jeff Tadie Says:

    Whew…at least with MS/Y!, we have a chance at search duopoly…at least a few marketing forces to drive innovation and cost efficiencies…rather than an unquestionable monopoly.

    From an SEM/SEO perspective, we all better get busy aggregating buckets on non core search inventory together. From a tonnage perspective, not far from a 1-trick pony.

    We used to have “brands” to make up a network buy….now we need vid, audio, mobile, bandwidth, etc to play catch up.

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