Yahoo, Google Discussing Options

As Google stirs the pot, Microsoft's bid for Yahoo may result in a heated three-way battle between the industry's largest companies.

There's been tons of coverage over the weekend about Microsoft's $44.6 billion takeover bid for Yahoo. It's increasingly looking like this will be a heated three-way battle between the industry's largest companies. Here are some of the more interesting links:

  • Yahoo May Consider Google Alliance: Yahoo management is considering revisiting talks it held with Google several months ago on an alliance as an alternative to Microsoft's bid.
  • Google Offers to Help Yahoo: Google CEO Eric Schmidt called Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to thwart Microsoft's bid, the Journal says.
  • Yahoo and the Future of the Internet: Google asserts that a Microsoft-Yahoo combination would raise "troubling questions" for regulators.
  • Microsoft's Response to Google: Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith notes that Google "is the dominant search engine and advertising company on the Web."