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Rumour Mill : Yahoo! And Microsoft Coming Back For Some More Buyout Talks

Yahoo's share prices spiked yesterday following rumours that Microsoft and Yahoo! have started fresh new talks about yet another attempt from Microsoft to capture the ailing internet company; they were still trading well below Microsoft's last offer of USD 33 a share.

Many reputable technology news websites including Techcrunch, Cnet and Silicon Alley Insider, have reported that Microsoft and Yahoo are considering a number of options ranging from acquiring parts of the company to a full, complete buyout.

And rather than denying the rumours, Microsoft has actually replied to them with a "no comment" which is a departure from their defensive position.

Since the collapse of the talks with Microsoft earlier this month, Yahoo has struck an advertising deal with Google and has agreed to outsource its search advertising to them.

There have also been persistent rumours of a major reorganisation which could start as early as next weeks, and whose prelude has been the surprise departure of a number of top level executives at Yahoo.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.