Oy, what we desperately need here is a Fat Lady to sing the end of the 2008 Microsoft-Yahoo! saga. She's obviously in hiding because over the weekend news came out of Microsoft looking to get a bit of Yahoo!. Or a merger. And the rumor of Microsoft looking to acquire Facebook has started again, all associated with obscene prices that make no sense, except in the obscene-cash-cow Microsoft world where billions of dollars come easily and are blown easily.
(Just a quick "page break" post given the new Yahoo! news)
Microsoft Issues Statement Regarding Yahoo! Microsoft announced that it is continuing to explore and pursue its alternatives to improve and expand its online services and advertising business. - the wordsmith genius response for "your passion inspires us to create great software to help you reach it" obviously put this one together.
Yahoo! Remains Open to Value Maximizing Transactions - your money inspires us to play hard-to-get to get more of it. Oh, craps, here comes Icahn!
Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive Why Microsoft will buy Facebook and keep it closed - transitions into the scary possibility of Microsoft laying down a bunch more cash for an unworthy company. The only benefit (that I can see) of Microsoft acquiring Facebook is that Microsoft would fix a bunch of crap wrong with the way Facebook is run ("Users? Hate 'em."). Scoble on Facebook: "This is a scary company and if it gets in the hands of Microsoft will create a scary monopoly."
I guess this could be a heck of a week, and suddenly Microsoft doesn't look so evil to Yahoo! in comparison to Icahn. So freshen up that resume, pop some popcorn, and if you see that Fat Lady, please send her this way.