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Yahoo acquires Maven Networks

The $160 million deal for the online video platform provider comes as Yahoo squabbles over its own valuation with prospective buyer Microsoft.

Yahoo announced Tuesday that it has snapped up online video platform provider Maven Networks, in a $160 million deal.

What makes the transaction particularly interesting is that it comes as Yahoo is butting heads with Microsoft, which not so very long ago launched a $44.6 billion unsolicited bid for Yahoo. As the companies fight over Yahoo's proper valuation, add to the mix the Maven acquisition.

Yahoo and Maven were apparently in merger talks before the Microsoft bid surfaced, with the deal reportedly on the verge of getting inked on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, according to reports. Microsoft went public with its multibillion-dollar buyout offer on Feb. 1, a fact that no doubt proved something of a distraction to the Yahoo-Maven deal.

Nonetheless, the Maven deal moved forward and here's what Yahoo hopes to get out of it:

Yahoo is aiming to bolster its video content syndication and video advertising capabilities to publishers and advertisers. Maven develops video publishing platforms designed to allow publishers to dish up videos to consumers through a range of media players, along with media management and workflow technologies.

From that you would likely see Yahoo trying to meld its library of licensed video content, as well as its relationships with advertisers and Web publishers, with Maven's technology to manage and distribute online video to such media company titans as Fox News, Sony BMG, and Gannett.

Maven will retain its operations in Cambridge, Mass., and operate as a wholly owned Yahoo subsidiary. Or perhaps one day, a wholly owned Microsoft subsidiary.