Microsoft-Yahoo News Roundup

Many online news sources continue to be completely dominated by discussion of Microsoft’s hostile bid to acquire Yahoo! And no wonder: a deal of this magnitude has the potential to touch the lives of pretty much everyone living and working online. It’s a rare web worker indeed who doesn’t use something from one or another of those two companies in their daily lives.

The chatter will probably die down shortly, as it becomes clear whether Yahoo will accept the offer or manage to find a “white knight” to save them from Microsoft. And if the two tech giants do get together, the consolidation process is likely to be long and slow, without overnight changes to any web properties. For those of you who haven’t had the luxury of being immersed in the coverage, here’s our pick of some of the highlights.

Just the Facts – If you want to skip all the analysis, here’s Microsoft’s original press release, the transcript of the press/analyst conference call, Yahoo’s original press release, and the Yahoo FAQ on the acquisition process.

Who Owns What – Blogger Long Zheng has a table showing the overlap between Yahoo and Microsoft web properties. Compete analyzes the traffic numbers to see the impact on visitors and pageviews. Silicon Alley Insider estimates the combined financials of the merged company.

The Inside Scoop – Kara Swisher passes on reports of reaction from inside Yahoo. The Wall Street Journal’s coverage has the play-by-play from within Microsoft.

What’s the Alternative? – Given that Microsoft has offered such a premium, it’s unlikely that Yahoo will survive as an independent company. So who else could buy them besides Microsoft? News Corp or a private equity deal are the leading rumors. Silicon Alley Insider suggests that a private equity deal won’t work.

The End Game – You can play “blind men and the elephant” when predicting the ultimate results of a merger if you want. Some sample opinions: Yahoo’s new blood will revitalize Microsoft, it won’t help Microsoft’s inability to understand the web, Microsoft is fighting the last war, they’ll still have trouble competing with Google.

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