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Microsoft Looking Into Buying Yahoo Again?

Microsoft is once again considering an attempt to acquire beleaguered internet giant Yahoo, more than two years after it tried unsuccessfully to buy the company for $45 billion in cash and stock.

Yahoo's market capitalisation is now worth less than half that and has only been buoyed recently by rumours of a merger with AOL or a potential acquisition by the likes of Facebook.

Nicolas Carlson of BusinessInsider (opens in new tab), reports that someone close to MSN, Microsoft's own portal, claims that people at the tech giant are definitely talking about an acquisition, saying that Yahoo, which is still the fourth biggest crowd puller on the internet, is more attractive than AOL.

He added that any acquisition was going to be made complicated because of their Asian assets, although these could be sold off as part of any deal. Yahoo has a number of international websites and a number of major agreements worldwide with the likes of Seven Network in Australia and Softbank in Japan,

BI's contact added that the portal space - which we wrote is a disappearing form - is "challenged" with Facebook taking more and more of users' online time, with the meteoric rise of mobile browsing also diminishing the importance of portals.

Désiré Athow

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 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.