Uncommon Wisdom

Dec 5 2008   2:15PM GMT

Yahoo still looking at deals

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

Yahoo’s board may be looking inside itself for the next CEO, hoping to get someone who can manage the company effectively without a learning curve, as well as someone who can deal with Yang, who is expected to be a difficult partner to any new CEO.

Yahoo is also still considering an AOL deal, apparently quibbling over how much of Yahoo Time-Warner would get for the deal. All the time this goes on is time lost for Yahoo, which is clearly rudderless in the period of transition and at risk in a market where display ads are becoming less relevant. That, in our view, is partly because Yahoo is becoming less relevant. Icahn, it is reported, opposes the partial sale of Yahoo (presumably to Microsoft) in favor of something he hopes would be more lucrative.

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