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Apr 9 2008   9:34PM GMT

Yahoo continues anti-Microsoft contortions

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Wow.

Yahoo really, REALLY doesn’t want to be bought by Microsoft. At least not for the 42 million big ones currently on the table.

Yahoo is talking about combining its Internet operations with those of America Online (aka Time Warner’s AOL unit), according to a Wall Street Journal story posted Wednesday night.

Earlier Wednesday Yahoo announced a trial in which it will carry search ads from Google, its erstwhile archrival in web search.

The Journal says these moves are part a potential “three-fold plan” by Yahoo to nuke Microsoft’s proposed $42 billion buyout. Another part of the strategy is a Yahoo stock buy back.

All fo these machinations may end up pushing Microsoft’s bid higher, alhough in a letter to Yahoo’s board, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said given market conditions, Microsoft could lower its offer if Yahoo continues to delay.

Oh, and he threatened a proxy fight.

It just keeps getting better.

Barbara Darrow can be reached at bdarrow@techtarget.com.

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