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A day after Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) confirmed that dealmaker Bruce Jaffe would be leaving, the company was rumored to be looking at buying both Yahoo and Logitech. Meanwhile, News Corp (NYSE: NWS). denied rumors that it has made a bid for Monster. Whether they’re grounded in reality or not, they’re out there.
— Microsoft-Yahoo: The New York Post reignited a rumor that it’s flogged a number of times, that Microsoft is considering a bid for Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). The paper cites sources close to Microsoft saying that a debate is going on internally whether to go public with a bid. Yahoo was up nearly 7 percent today.
— Microsoft-Logitech: On a completely different note, shares of Swiss peripheral maker Logitech advanced on rumors that Microsoft might make an $8 billion bid. The deal would be the largest acquisition in the company’s history, topping aQuantive. Given Microsoft’sfocus on internet and advertising-related moves, it would be a surprise to see such a big investment in relatively low-margin hardware. Logitech co-founder Daniel Borel told Reuters: “I am a co-founder of Logitech. Would you be willing to sell your child?” Note that’s not exactly a denial.
— News Corp.-Monster: A rumor that News Corp. had sent a $4.8 billion offer letter to the board of Monster Worldwide (NSDQ: MNST) started on a blog, them was picked up at Seeking Alpha on Wednesday. The post doesn’t have much backing it up, and today News Corp. spokesperson Terri Everet told Dow Jones and others that the company made no such offer.