If you follow tech news at all you know that Microsoft has been attempting to purchase Yahoo over the objections of Yahoo’s management/board. Yahoo has been resistant and recently implemented a short term deal with Google to display Google ads on Yahoo’s web properties, a move that many saw as an attempt to pressure Microsoft to up its bid (currently $31/share). The Wall Street Journal recently broke the news that Yahoo and AOL are discussing a merger as well, and apparently Microsoft and Time-Warner are discussing a deal that would join MSN, Yahoo, and MySpace. The final outcome of this extremely high stakes game of technological chess remains to be seen, but it seems likely that two or more of the Internet’s biggest properties will soon be combining forces. The question remains, “Which two?”
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