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  • Nov. 30, 2011, 5:38 AM
    The consortium led by Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) bid ~$16.60/share for a minority stake in Yahoo (YHOO), sources say, somewhat lower than an offer made by TPG Capital. Still debating whether to get off the sidelines: Alibaba Group, KKR (KKR), THL and Blackstone (BX). (previously)
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 1:43 PM
    More than 3 years after shooting down Microsoft's (MSFT) $33/share bid, Jerry Yang still appears bent on maintaining control of Yahoo (YHOO). In a story resembling an earlier report, a source claims Yang wants a deal in which Yahoo would issue new stock to PE firms friendly to him, and use the proceeds to buy back shares from the public. Yahoo is up 2.9% today on the latest round of investment/buyout buzz (I, II, III).
  • Nov. 29, 2011, 6:06 AM
    A consortium led by P-E firm Silver Lake and Microsoft (MSFT) is reportedly submitting a plan to take up to a 20% stake in Yahoo (YHOO), and TPG Capital is also eyeing a minority stake. Yahoo's board is expected to meet this week, or possibly even today, to discuss options. (also: a partial LBO)
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  • Nov. 23, 2011, 11:58 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO -0.1%) outperforms after it's learned Microsoft (MSFT) has joined the ranks of firms to have signed Yahoo's strict NDA, which it's requiring of would-be buyers interested in taking a closer look at the company. The big question: is Microsoft serious about making a bid (perhaps with a partner), or does it just want a peek at a competitor/partner's books? (yesterday)
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  • Nov. 22, 2011, 10:26 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has acquired VideoSurf, a developer of technology for analyzing the content of video frames, for $70M. Microsoft says it plans to use VideoSurf's technology to "augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem," and to make it easier to search and discover entertainment content available on Xbox Live.
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  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:08 AM
    P-E firm Silver Lake has held talks with Microsoft (MSFT), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and other potential partners about buying Yahoo (YHOO), the WSJ reports. Silver Lake is one of a few Yahoo suitors to sign an NDA, a requirement that has slowed the sale process.
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  • Oct. 24, 2011, 11:58 AM
    There are good reasons why Apple (AAPL +2.9%) may not make a play for Nuance (NUAN +2.6%): Apple doesn't make $8B acquisitions, and Nuance is in areas such as medical transcriptions that Apple doesn't want. But Mike Dawson thinks they'd be crazy not to try, since it could be worth it just to keep the speech recognition technology away from Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT).
  • Oct. 19, 2011, 8:22 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) buyout developments: Sources say a joint plan is coming from Silver Lake, a Canadian pension plan, and Microsoft (MSFT) (which would be in for the bulk of the deal, several billion dollars). After MSFT's failed 2008 bid, it won't go solo, but it reportedly wants key influence over Yahoo's future. (earlier: I, II)
  • Oct. 19, 2011, 4:39 PM
    More details on the firms sniffing around Yahoo (YHOO): Almost every big U.S. private-equity firm is "knee-deep" in working a buyout: Silver Lake, Blackstone (BX), TPG, KKR, Bain, Carlyle, H&F, Providence Equity and Warburg Pincus. With a $16-$18/share price being thrown around, it'll likely take two to four firms to support a bid that would reach past $20B; Eyes are on key stakeholders Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) and Microsoft (MSFT).
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  • Oct. 18, 2011, 10:32 AM
    The $4.5B sale of Nortel's patents to six tech companies (AAPL, MSFT, RIMM, EMC, ERIC, and SNE) is still being reviewed by the DOJ, according to Microsoft's IP chief. Regulatory challenges to the deal could potentially have an impact on the bidding for InterDigital (IDCC) and/or Eastman Kodak's (EK) patents.
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  • Oct. 14, 2011, 7:53 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT) has closed its $8.5B acquisition of Internet voice and video giant Skype. CTO Cameron Evans goes over some of Microsoft's plans for the costly acquisition, such as integration with its Xbox, Windows Phone, and Lync platforms. Skype announced a major deal with Facebook in July.
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  • Oct. 12, 2011, 8:08 AM
    Jefferies isn't optimistic Research In Motion (RIMM) will be acquired in the near-term, believing potential buyers will wait until RIM's QNX phones are released, and the future of Windows Phone (MSFT) becomes clearer. Jefferies also thinks it would be difficult to extract value from a breakup or management change.
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  • Oct. 7, 2011, 2:34 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM) is acquiring NewBay, a provider of "white label" content tools for wireless carriers, for a reported price of $100M. The deal could give a needed boost to RIM's services offerings relative to AAPL, GOOG, and MSFT, and strengthen its ties with carriers, some of whom are remaining loyal to RIM out of a desire for a "third ecosystem." (earlier)
  • Oct. 6, 2011, 11:12 AM
    Microsoft (MSFT +1.1%) was quick to deny any interest in Yahoo (YHOO -4.4%), but David Callaway thinks it would be foolish to not at least consider how Yahoo or parts of it might help. For all Yahoo’s problems, it is still a strong group of internet assets with a reach of ~700M unique users. If Microsoft liked Yahoo at $50B in 2008, it should love it at $20B.
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  • Oct. 5, 2011, 4:30 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO +10.1%), which took off on a report Microsoft (MSFT) is weighing a bid, drops 3.6% AH as Kara Swisher, who broke the first reports of buyout interest, says her sources tell her "Microsoft execs have taken pains to make it clear" they won't be bidding for Yahoo. She adds that much of the current M&A speculation is "being pumped up by bankers."
  • Oct. 5, 2011, 3:28 PM
    Fortune's man on deals, Dan Primack cracks, "wouldn't it be bigger news if Microsoft (MSFT) wasn't at least 'considering' bidding for Yahoo (YHOO)." He also says Mister Softee's big purchases tend to "(come) out of nowhere," while the rumored ones never pan out. YHOO +8.9%.
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Company Description
Microsoft Corp is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling devices, and online advertising to a global customer audience. Its products include operating systems for computing devices, servers, phones, and other intelligent devices.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States