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Wall Street Journal Says Yahoo! Will Reject Microsoft's Offer, Seeking $57BN

WSJ is now saying that Yahoo! intends sending Microsoft a letter Monday

Quoting an unidentified source, the Wall Street Journal is now saying that Yahoo! intends sending Microsoft a letter Monday rejecting its $44.6 billion offer as “massively undervaluing” the company and ignoring the risk to Yahoo! if the regulators ultimately turn thumbs down on the merger.
 
According to paper’s source, the Yahoo! board wants at least $40 a share, which would be something like $57 billion, a staggering amount that Microsoft may not be prepared to shell out.
 
Yahoo! is apparently gambling that Microsoft won’t try to dismantle its poison pill defenses by unseating the current board – a course it could conceivably take – and go directly to Yahoo! shareholders.
 
Such a move, the Journal observes, could cause “deep resentment” among the rank-and-file engineers that Microsoft needs on its side to make a success of any merger and could have Yahoo!’s management complaining to the regulators that the deal is anti-competitive.
 
Unfortunately for Yahoo! its management has yet to come up with a strategy to shake the company out of its lingering malaise other than subcontracting its search advertising to Google, a plan Microsoft is sure to oppose – as well as possibly the regulators.

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Ballmer on Integration 02/09/08 04:18:32 PM EST

Ballmer on Integration: "What are the challenges? There's a group of 13,000-plus people who work at Yahoo, and they have their goals and their ambitions and their desires and their thoughts and their software and their everything else, and we have to kind of mate up their goals, desires and ambitions with the goals, desires and ambitions of people here, and that's generally referred to as the integration process."