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CNET News' Stephen Shankland explores an alternate history: what would the world look like today if Jerry Yang had accepted Steve Ballmer's offer to acquire Yahoo?
Reported plan to name Carol Bartz as CEO removes a key hurdle to any sort of search deal with Microsoft.
The key factor isn't who occupies the CEO's office. But with Jerry Yang set to step down, a source says, "Microsoft is open to a mutually beneficial search deal."
In his latest interview, the activist investor derides Yahoo's claim that price is the holdup to a deal with Microsoft.
As Microsoft and Yahoo strive to carve out a mega-buyout deal over what has been a contentious three months, six key players have been working their magic, sources say.
It's a grand idea, but it's hard to see Microsoft, Yahoo, or the duo pulling off a Windows Media-based phone born of a Wi-Fi-enabled Zune plus Yahoo and MSN online services.
The Google-Yahoo-Microsoft power struggle has only made Google, which controls nearly 70 percent of search market share, stronger.
Stewart Butterfield, who left Yahoo earlier this month, says he wishes Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo had succeeded.
AOL gets dragged into the Microsoft-Yahoo drama, and some members of MobileMe are getting a consolation prize.
As the story goes, Hansel and Gretel vanquished the witch. But in the Microhoo! fairy tale of Jerry and Sue, well, things don't turn out quite so rosy.