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A new year, and a new Microsoft - Yahoo! rumor, although one involving a complicated deal, according to TechCrunch. Call it the first such rumor of the New Year. According to the report, citing information from anonymous sources, a group of "well-known Silicon Valley executives and top investment bankers" are involved, and:Under the terms of the proposed deal, the investment group would make a takeover bid for Yahoo at a relatively low premium of around 20% to its current price of around $13 per share, valuing the company at just over $20 billion. A complicated financial structure would be put... Read more...
Another day, another Yahoo! acquisition rumor? According to a terse report on Tuesday in the WSJ, ex-AOL CEO Jonathan Miller is trying to raise funds for a bid on Yahoo!, which may result in either a total or partial buyout of the company. Unlike the last such rumor we reported on, which came from the Times Online, and didn't mention any sources, this one is from the Wall Street Journal, and at least mentions the normal "sources familiar with the situation." Miller was CEO of AOL from 2002 to 2006. According to the WSJ sources, he has been trying to get this done through private-equity investors... Read more...
You can bet Palm, Motorola, and any other smartphone makers broke out in a cold sweat today.  This is just speculation still, but RIM shares are up $1 (at the time of this writing) over rumors that Microsoft is interested in buying the Blackberry manufacturer. "Microsoft has been mentioned as a possible buyer," said Frederic Ruffy, an analyst at options education firm Optionetics in California. "According to speculation, the software giant might be interested in RIM in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in making its own mobile phone operating system,... Read more...