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Full text: Yahoo CEO, chairman respond

Here's the full text of the response by Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang after Microsoft withdrew its offer to acquire the company.

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Here's the full text of Yahoo's response after Microsoft withdrew its offer to acquire the company.

Chairman Roy Bostock: We remain focused on maximizing shareholder value and pursuing strategic opportunities that position Yahoo for success and leadership in its markets. From the beginning of this process, our independent board and our management have been steadfast in our belief that Microsoft's offer undervalued the company and we are pleased that so many of our shareholders joined us in expressing that view. Yahoo is profitable, growing, and executing well on its strategic plan to capture the large opportunities in the relatively young online advertising market. Our solid results for the first quarter of 2008 and increased full year 2008 operating cash flow outlook reflect the progress the company is making. Today, Yahoo has:

• a refined strategic focus to drive enhanced volume and yield;

• reorganized to focus its efforts on its most promising products and services;

• invested in innovations designed to revolutionize display advertising and facilitate closing the competitive gap in search; and

• enhanced expense and resource management to support improved profitability.

CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang: I am incredibly proud of the way our team has come together over the last three months. This process has underscored our unique and valuable strategic position. With the distraction of Microsoft's unsolicited proposal now behind us, we will be able to focus all of our energies on executing the most important transition in our history so that we can maximize our potential to the benefit of our shareholders, employees, partners and users.