The Microhoo cat-and-mouse game continues.
The three-week deadline that Microsoft
Microsoft issued no "you blew it" press release over the weekend. Yahoo!'s silence also means that it wasn't eager to seal the deal under the current terms. Still, this isn't the end of Microhoo. Both companies posted year-over-year dips in adjusted profitability last week. They need each other. They're just too proud to beg, steal, or negotiate.
Fireworks are still likely to happen early this week. I doubt that executives from either company spent the weekend watching the NFL draft. They have enough holes to fill in their own rosters to worry about football.
However, just as the NFL draft began with the selections of Jake Long followed by Chris Long, the Microhoo saga is also getting a bit long. Microsoft can go hostile, by taking its offer directly to the shareholders, but neither it nor Yahoo! wants that. Microsoft has enough problems without complicating a possible merger by stoking Yahoo!'s resentment.
If the purchase isn't amicable, isn't Microsoft simply just buying page views? And if that's what this deal boils down to, can't Mr. Softy get them cheaper just about anywhere else?
The weekend may have been quiet, but keep those earplugs on. I think things are about to get pretty noisy.
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If the multiplex felt a little quieter than usual, it's because the top two box-office draws were Baby Mama and Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. Neither film cleared $20 million in ticket sales over the weekend. Exhibitors shouldn't worry, though. Business will pick up substantially when Iron Man -- the latest big-budget flick from Marvel's comic book library, and the first produced by the company itself -- opens later this week.
Have a great day out there.
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