The Microhoo saga finally finds two parties making peace, but neither of them is Microsoft
Icahn must have seen the writing on the wall. Even with Yahoo! literally spelling out that it will sell itself for "$33 a share or more" -- less than even the $34.375 price tag that Icahn demanded last month -- Microsoft wasn't going for the bait.
The value of Yahoo! has apparently diminished in Microsoft's eyes since its initial buyout overtures nearly six months ago. Now Mr. Softy just wants to lasso Yahoo!'s search business.
If that isn't enough to derail Icahn's simple plan of taking over Yahoo!'s boardroom to hand it over to Microsoft at a premium, last week found Yahoo! investor Legg Mason
The major bummer here is that the Yahoo! board member stepping down during the makeover will be Activision
Ultimately, today's moves dampen next week's fireworks show. Shareholders won't have an alternate slate of directors to vote in as a show of their displeasure. Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang has bought himself a little more time, hopefully long enough to ramp up Yahoo!'s paid outsourcing deal through Google
Yahoo! is boring again, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is a fan of Yahoo! and Microsoft, but not of bad weddings. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.