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AOL, Yahoo Mulling Merger

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the do-i-get-a-vote dept.

America Online 136

Mike Zahalan writes with an update to last month's news that AOL and various private equity firms were exploring the possiblity of buying Yahoo. While talks between the companies have not officially gone much deeper, AOL has now hired financial advisers to analyze their options. Still, Kara Swisher writes at All Things Digital that the complexity of a deal between the two companies will be the biggest obstacle they have to overcome. "Among the issues being grappled with: Onerous tax implications around a variety of deals; a need for complete cooperation from too many players; and the realization that a hookup of AOL and Yahoo might cause more problems than it solves. 'It looks great conceptually and everyone gets all hot and bothered,' said one prominent investor who did his own strategizing about Yahoo and AOL. 'But when you actually do the numbers, you hit a pretty big wall of impossible.'"

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136 comments

Why Merge? (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167606)

Because 0+0=1!

Re:Why Merge? (2, Insightful)

Meshach (578918) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167660)

Because 0+0=1!

The merge will pump up all involved stock and make a lot of money for the stockholders. It may decimate the company's future but, as we learned from the SCO fiasco, that is a secondary concern.

Re:Why Merge? (2, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167754)

"Why Merge!"

It's a "user experience" experiment to create the proverbial Vortex of Suck, a horror calculated to make Cthulhu slouch away screaming in fear.

Re:Why Merge? (2, Informative)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167946)

Because 0+0=1!

But only for sufficiently large values of 0.

Re:Why Merge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34168580)

For large values of 0? Come on...didn't you American IT people learn you basic maths? In the UK most people understand, because we are rightly taught, that 0 is a number, not a concept. You can't talk about its value.

I've heard this joke before... (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167982)

Because 0+0=1!

For large values of 0?

Seriously, if I worked at either of these companies I'd be looking to exit soon. AOL/Yahoo sounds like any remaining value will be gone long before the merger closes.

Re:Why Merge? (3, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168030)

When this was first news a while back I remember reading on Fark that this will merge "the site that your parents use with the site that your grandparents use."

"Looks great conceptually" (1)

alcmaeon (684971) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168206)

Yeah, I was wondering about that one too. Any conception I can come up with doesn't look good, so they must have much better imaginations than I do.

Your Free Financial Analysis: (3, Funny)

swschrad (312009) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167608)

if you burn the money instead, it keeps you warm. if you buy Yahoo, you gain nothing.

Re:Your Free Financial Analysis: (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168160)

I think you're being a bit unfair to Yahoo! with that comment. They're clearly on the leading edge of innovating new and compelling business strategies designed to leverage their company even further into the abyss of irrelevancy. They must have gotten a lot of very bright, very creative people together to develop and idea that spectacularly stupid... it's almost like they're writing the script for their own "Pirates of Silicon Valley" or "The Social Network" corporate creationist Hollywood retrospective, and their working title is "Jackass IT".

Re:Your Free Financial Analysis: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169518)

Hey, I'm sure I can keep plenty warm in one of those server rooms.

What will be the new name? (1)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167614)

Will it then be "AOHoo"?

Oddly enough, it seems like Yahoo is mulling throwing away the same money Time Warner did. Never learn from others' mistakes, says us?

Re:What will be the new name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34167774)

You know that AOL bought TWX right?

Re:What will be the new name? (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168132)

Gesundheit.

Re:What will be the new name? (2, Funny)

Genda (560240) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168198)

Nope... it'll be named "yaHOL", and sound much like the yelling Governor Schwarzenegger makes the day after eating Habanero Peppers...

Or perhaps its the sound of the black HOL formed when two infinitely dense, dying corporate stars accrete and collapse under the weight of their own ineptitude. This may well be the perfect opportunity to measure irony waves or maybe even determine the speed of stupid in a corporate vacuum.

We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (3, Funny)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167618)

We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) and call it a day because that's what the reaction will sound like.

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (1)

microbee (682094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167654)

Or Aohoo.

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169408)

Ahool

Later they will be aquired by the associated press, and rebranded as Asshool.

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (1)

rayk_sland (791740) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168146)

Yahool or Youhowl

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (1)

RazorSharp (1418697) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168280)

Or just Yao and it will open up all sorts of opportunities for the Chinese market. They could have the biggest man in China (literally) as their spokesman. As long as they don't have a problem with censorship, of course. . .

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (1)

grouchomarxist (127479) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169362)

Perhaps you meant the tallest Chinese woman? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao_Defen [wikipedia.org]

The tallest man in China is not named Yao: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Juncai [wikipedia.org]

I'm guessing you meant Yao Ming the basketball player, but he's 6 inches shorter than that guy. Also, there's this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bao_Xishun [wikipedia.org]

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (1)

slapout (93640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169132)

I like "Y'all" better.

Re:We'll call it Yaol (pronounced yowl) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169718)

YOOO-o-o-o-o-v-e Got M-A-I-L!

Huh? (1)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167672)

What do they possibly have to gain? AOL is little more than an aged internet portal trading on legacy business from the not-too-bright.

(Which I guess is what Yahoo is...)

Re:Huh? (1)

inKubus (199753) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168326)

Yahoo actually has a pretty strong balance sheet. It's a well run company. They do a lot more than just portals, they have a nice strong tech arm. They sold off Zimbra for $500M to VMware. They have a strong base in Asia which is the fastest growing internet market. They are #2 in search and they have some other hot properties like Flickr.

And as far as new stuff, have you seen YQL [yahoo.com] ? Very cool stuff.

However, they aren't trading at 30x earnings like Google and Apple because they aren't part of the "smartphone bubble" and they don't have a bunch of dumb money investing in them. The smart guys are going short on Apple after Christmas.

Anyway, Yahoo's going to be around for a long time. Yes, they should have taken Microsoft's $50B when they had the chance but they will probably get another chance before this bubble pops.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169158)

Check out Yahoo! Pipes... a very rad parser.

Re:Huh? (1)

afabbro (33948) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169476)

Yahoo actually has a pretty strong balance sheet. It's a well run company. They do a lot more than just portals, they have a nice strong tech arm. They sold off Zimbra for $500M to VMware. They have a strong base in Asia which is the fastest growing internet market. They are #2 in search and they have some other hot properties like Flickr.

And as far as new stuff, have you seen YQL [yahoo.com] ? Very cool stuff.

However, they aren't trading at 30x earnings like Google and Apple because they aren't part of the "smartphone bubble" and they don't have a bunch of dumb money investing in them. The smart guys are going short on Apple after Christmas.

Anyway, Yahoo's going to be around for a long time. Yes, they should have taken Microsoft's $50B when they had the chance but they will probably get another chance before this bubble pops.

Hey, could you come redo our stadium? We're thinking of moving away from natural grass.

Wait... (3, Insightful)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167674)

AOL is still around outside of AIM? And they have enough money to buy another company?

Re:Wait... (1)

Psyko (69453) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167694)

That's what I was going to ask, how do they even have money anymore? What do they actually do? Do people still pay them for some kind of portal service or is it all ad based revenue from aim or something?

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34167976)

Ever heard of Engadget? TMZ? AOL owns them.

Re:Wait... (2, Insightful)

Macrat (638047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168022)

Ever heard of Engadget? TMZ? AOL owns them.

That drops AOL's value even more.

Re:Wait... (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168272)

Yahoo leads in webmail still, has the #1 visited sports site on the net(more than ESPN or Fox), owns various strong web properties like Flickr, and is still #2 in search(which means #2 in advertising, basically). They also have excellent Finance and Fantasy sports sections

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169150)

Yahoo ... has the #1 visited sports site on the net

and the least useful sports site, IMHO. Every RSS reader and similar app I have installed had Yahoo sports pages as the default source. With 5 billion people out there who won't understand how to configure their software, they'll either suffer through yahoo's mess or give up. Sounds similar to the way Yahoo built itself in the first place.

Re:Wait... (1)

xda (1171531) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167728)

Ya cuz for years they charged people $9 a month for shitty email. when i was in my door to door computer fixer days I came across tons of people who had broadband but still paid AOL for providing no service other than a stupid home page and email

Re:Wait... (3, Interesting)

Cwix (1671282) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167878)

My old room mates parents still pay aol 10 dollars a month. The kicker is they have Time Warner broadband that they pay 50 a month for. Trying to explain this to them results in the deer in a headlight syndrome.

They are also trying to repair their Pentium 2 computer, instead of taking the two year old Core2Duo that my old room mate tried to give them.

Re:Wait... (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168510)

hansolo64@compuserve.com

Compuserve. Yes, compuserve

Re:Wait... (1)

TheBilgeRat (1629569) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168636)

Glorious!

Re:Wait... (2, Funny)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167752)

AOL is still around outside of AIM? And they have enough money to buy another company?

Well, it IS only Yahoo they're considering buying.

Re:Wait... (1)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168188)

I have $4.88 CAD in my pocket, can I get in on the bidding?

Re:Wait... (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167864)

they bought netscape.

Re:Wait... (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168518)

Yeah, that still doesn't help the cause :)

Re:Wait... (1)

rainmouse (1784278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167912)

Think they got a fair few bucks selling their UK venture to Carphone Warehouse back in the day when they were still fairly large and forcing their starter CD's on you when ever you bought anything larger than a penny sweet.

Re:Wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34168240)

Yes, AOL is a success. However, buying fail begets fail. Buying Yahoo will be just as good for AOL as the Time Warner merger. Just a word of caution if anyone is listening.

Death throes (2, Interesting)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167688)

I remember when Yahoo! and AOL were the most important companies in their field.

AOL was so big that they bought media giant Time Warner.
Yahoo! was so big they were the homepage of over 90% of the internet-savvy population.

The internet changed AOL so much that it became unrecognizable as that company that used to clog mailboxes with 3.5" floppies and CDs with their software. Google surpassed Yahoo!'s hierarchical solution with its ranking-based solution.

Now both companies are in their final years, looking for a way to survive into the next decade. But realistically, without an actual software infrastructure that can be deployed across various device domains, the companies have no compelling story to sell customers.

They will continue to see their users migrate to Google and Apple. The best they can truly hope for is to become yet another app on Android and iOS (YAAOAAI!). They will never again be the gate keepers they once were.

Re:Death throes (1)

Waffle Iron (339739) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167804)

The internet changed AOL so much that it became unrecognizable as that company that used to clog mailboxes with 3.5" floppies and CDs with their software.

AOL became a useless company once they switched from sending out free reusable floppies to non-useful CD coasters. If they want to make themselves useful again in the 21st century, they need to get back to their roots and start mass mailing something we can use. Maybe free smartphones or something.

Re:Death throes (1)

Cwix (1671282) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167888)

I vote free thumb drives.

Re:Death throes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34167958)

Factory infected, please.

Re:Death throes (1)

Macrat (638047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168050)

Maybe free smartphones or something.

They should be able to get truck loads of Kin phones real cheap.

Re:Death throes (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168696)

AOL became a useless company once they switched from sending out free reusable floppies to non-useful CD coasters.

Actually, they were useful... as coasters. No, really, I *did* use them as coasters(!) though neither they nor anyone else's ISP promo CDs ever actually encouraged me to sign up for anything.

Re:Death throes (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167838)

And yet, Yahoo has more subscribers than Gmail. Or at least they were in 2009, the latest figures I can find.

Microsoft webmail properties: 256.2 million users
Yahoo: 254.6 million users
Google: 91.6 million users
AOL webmail properties: 48.9 million users

Adding Aol to Yahoo would put them in the top spot.

That being said, I agree with your basic premise that these two companies have nothing to offer, and merging won't help them unless they can monetize the combination, something neither has been able to accomplish. I've never heard of entire companies or universities switching to Yahoo.

Re:Death throes (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168028)

And yet, Yahoo has more subscribers than Gmail. Or at least they were in 2009, the latest figures I can find.

Yeap, I still have my hotmail and yahoo email addresses. Since when these accounts are an asset for MS and Yahoo? (hell, I'm not using them, for about 4 years now... the data related to them are taking some storage space somewhere).
Boils down to lies, damn'd lies and statistics...

Re:Death throes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34168320)

Yeap, I still have my hotmail and yahoo email addresses. Since when these accounts are an asset for MS and Yahoo? (hell, I'm not using them, for about 4 years now... the data related to them are taking some storage space somewhere).

People that do use them see ads, and people buying that ad space may not know how many of the impressive number of mail boxes are actively used.

Re:Death throes (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168126)

And yet, Yahoo has more subscribers than Gmail.

What % of those are active users though? Yahoo has been around a long time in Internet terms, far longer than Google, and had email a decade before Google. For me, I'm no doubt considered a Yahoo subscriber, because I have had a couple of Yahoo accounts since they started their service. However, one I've not logged into in years, and the other I check about once a year for legacy reasons, but it has nothing but 1,000s of spam mails in it.

One the other hand I use my gmail accounts all the time. I'd be willing to bet Gmail and Yahoo mail has about equal numbers of active subscribers, and that Gmail is on the rise while Yahoo is bleeding accounts every single day.

Re:Death throes (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168164)

AOL was incredibly overvalued that they bought media giant Time Warner.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Death throes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34168338)

Thanks alot. You invoked Rule #34 for AOL/Yahoo Yaoi ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/yaoi )

I hope you're happy with yourself.

They should have taken the M$ money (1)

xda (1171531) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167696)

They should have taken the deal when M$ offered it. Bing is already more popular than Yahoo lol. Then again, who cares what the retarded half of the internet uses.

Re:They should have taken the M$ money (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167730)

The best thing that can happen is for microsoft not to get all of Yahoo's accounts.

Re:They should have taken the M$ money (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167904)

Definitely. Microsoft offered $31 a share. YHOO stock currently trades at $16.36 a share. Microsoft "substantially undervalues" Yahoo but the free market undervalues them even more.

Re:They should have taken the M$ money (1)

Genda (560240) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168330)

You underestimate the power of retards... exPresident Bush, future President Pallin, why the entire Tea Party hasn't got 5 IQ points to share betwixt'em and look at what they just did to the national legislature (lol.) That and some of the folks that ran for election this year are at least a burger shy of a Happy Meal. By definition, half the populace must fall below the median IQ, and I'm thinking on a purely numerical basis, the folks with IQs over 120 are a fast shrinking part of the population (have you seen Idiocracy?) The wise and brilliant amongst us, need to come up with an Internet Service Provider that is specifically design for those belonging to the left side of the IQ curve, and it should appeal to herd mentality and the deep and special pleasure that comes from chewing cud. It should celebrate and cater to folks whose family trees look like bamboo. It should reach deep into those mystical, magical thinking bible belters and hasten their second coming!!! We need to build the MoroNet!

What does AOL do? (1)

Nemesisghost (1720424) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167710)

Does anybody know how AOL still makes money? I thought they went out of relevance when the death of dial-up occurred.

Re:What does AOL do? (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167766)

"Does anybody know how AOL still makes money?"

They're mass production consultants, running various training classes and expert one-on-one sessions, around both the US and Europe. Specialism: mass production of CDs. Sideline: coasters.

Re:What does AOL do? (1)

ikkonoishi (674762) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169446)

They have this weird subscription service where you pay them money to connect to them over your current ISP, and they pretend to be your ISP. Also Voodoo.

Re:What does AOL do? (1)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167770)

Suck/track credulous fools to diverge personal info and then sell it as marketing data, just like everyone else on the net. What else?

Re:What does AOL do? (1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168708)

they get paid $0.10 in royalties every time a comedian makes fun of them

Wrong company coming out on top (1)

garylian (870843) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167744)

Yahoo! at least has some brand name left, while AOL is just a farce at this point. If they were going to do a merger, it should be the other way around.

Interesting side note: For the first time in over a year, I saw a commercial on TV that actually said "AOL Keyword". I haven't heard that phrase in a long time, which just shows how far off the map AOL has fallen.

I've heard of Mulling... (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167750)

http://www.mulling.com/ [mulling.com]
But what's AOL and Yahoo?

The other wall (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34167760)

'But when you actually do the numbers, you hit a pretty big wall of impossible.'"

Don't forget the wall of stupid. They'd have to deal with that one, too.

Yahoo Turned Down Microsoft for AOL? (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167792)

Wow Yahoo, if you merge with AOL after throwing Microsoft's bid back in their face [searchengineland.com] a couple years ago, there will be some serious questions of why you declined such an eligible suitor in favor of a bum. Have you lost all your self esteem [google.com] ? Or are you one of those hopeless cases in love with the idea of changing and redeeming your partner? That never works!

Re:Yahoo Turned Down Microsoft for AOL? (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167844)

Wow Yahoo, if you merge with AOL after throwing Microsoft's bid back in their face a couple years ago, there will be some serious questions of why you declined such an eligible suitor in favor of a bum. Have you lost all your self esteem? Or are you one of those hopeless cases in love with the idea of changing and redeeming your partner? That never works!

Or maybe Yahoo will get offered a lot more money. Though I don't know where AOL will get it from. Also, we're just seeing this from the AOL side. Yahoo hasn't indicated they have even the remotest interest in this. After all, I'd get hot and bothered, if I fantasized about buying Yahoo for the money in my wallet, but I think they would want a bit more than my $140 for the company.

AOL (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167794)

Does anyone actually know what AOL does these days?

I know what Yahoo does; they host my fantasy football league (they might have other stuff too, I'm not sure; that's the only thing I've visited their site for in the last few years). Haven't seen anything from AOL since before their last ill-fated merger.

Their branding is pretty much worthless, I can't think of any products they sell or sites they own that I would want to visit (oh wait, wikipedia says they recently bought TechCrunch; sadly I don't read it), and I haven't seen any evidence that either of these are going to change - is it time for them to give up and sell off their assets? What do they have to offer to Yahoo (or anyone else, for that matter)?

Re:AOL (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167918)

They run a lot of news and portal sites. Recently bought tech crunch.

Re:AOL (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168848)

You know, I heard that one of the sites they bought was TechCrunch.

Easy to finance (1)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167802)

This makes perfect sense, and stands to be one of the largest mergers in history, as the only currency that can accurately measure these companies' value is Flooz. The combined company should be worth nearly $250 Trillion when adjusted to 1999 dollars.

Portal, email and instant messenger merger? (1)

mr_mischief (456295) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167858)

Do we really need AIM, ICQ, Yahoo messenger, AOL mail, Netscape mail, Compuserve mail, Yahoo mail, AOL portal, Yahoo portal, and Yahoo search all under one roof? Hasn't AOL bought up and gutted enough companies just to keep the domain emails alive and nothing else?

How about making AOL and Yahoo messengers speak XMPP and making the server interoperate? How about working on making a decent search technology as a limited partnership to compete with Microsoft and Google? They don't need to merge, but they could be useful to one another without merging.

Re:Portal, email and instant messenger merger? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169482)

I'll just leave this here:

http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/01/18/1748218 [slashdot.org]

They've worked on it in the past. It's not out of the question, at least for AIM.

Another garbage truck collision? (3, Interesting)

pyrr (1170465) | more than 3 years ago | (#34167902)

I recall an IT industry commentator comparing on the hp-Compaq merger as two garbage trucks colliding. I thought that was a reasonably accurate analogy.

But these two companies are kind of...worse. Maybe two honeywagons colliding? It'll take a while to get all that stink mopped-up!

Re:Another garbage truck collision? (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168372)

Like two zombies giving each other fellatio...

The new name... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34167988)

MeToo!

Probably for the best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34168054)

It's a sad thing to die alone, I'm glad they found each other.

I think it was SNL (1)

NetNed (955141) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168092)

SNL had it on their fake news that this merger "is like to seniors dating at a retirement home. No one really minds it cause they will both be gone soon"

AOL? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168162)

I doubt they can buy a cup of coffee at this point.

Danger Will Robinson! Danger! (1)

Chas (5144) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168168)

Two massive chunks of suck on the internet are in danger of collapsing into a suck-singularity!

Lead balloons? (1)

Lorien_the_first_one (1178397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168194)

Looks like it could be one.

Well then... (1)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168224)

I have to say, this seems a little underwhelming. Two companies that most people have all but forgotten, now forever together in their techno-obscurity.

Yahoo Messenger (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168254)

Will be sad if that dies in the merger ( or just dies.. didn't realize yahoo was so bad off ) as that has become a defacto standard for a lot of people.

Re:Yahoo Messenger (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168814)

Just like AIM used to be.

This is brilliant! (1)

cjcela (1539859) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168274)

Maybe they can merge with Comcast, Time Warner, and the likes, and we all can have only one giant company that sucks, instead of many!

Drowning company grabs brick (1)

real gumby (11516) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168312)

I leave it to the reader to decide which of the two is the drowning company and which is the brick

Corporate Centipede (1)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168342)

Oh good. Having just watched Human Centipede I now have two examples of crappy mergers that won't work.

As I saw last time: This makes perfect sense! (1)

Anonymous Freak (16973) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168672)

If they do this, only one company will need to declare bankruptcy!

(If I knew were I first read this, I'd attribute. Needless to say, this quote was from another messageboard somewhere when this first came up a couple months ago.)

Just one more step towards Quaker Oats Holdings! (1)

SEE (7681) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168760)

Just wait for them to buy MySpace.

The new name.... (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168802)

And I predict they with name themselves "graveyard.com"

This again? (1)

IGnatius T Foobar (4328) | more than 3 years ago | (#34168952)

Back in the minicomputer days we referred to this as "dinosaurs mating"

The death of irrelevance (1)

willith (218835) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169008)

Awesome! Now two brands that have become totally irrelevant to my online experience can curl up together and die! Good riddance! Don't let the door hit your collective ass on the way out!

Ugh... (2, Funny)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169052)

Two dead bodies sewn together make a Frankenstein...

Do the math people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169332)

Yahoo! + AOL = Yahoo!

(This is because AOL = 0)

AOL is big enough to buy Yahoo? (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169390)

I'm shocked.

I'm using Yahoo mail now. If this goes through, it will give me that final push I need to move to Gmail or something.

Let me tell you how to make a small fortune from.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34169416)

buying Yahoo.

Purchase it with a large fortune.

I heard Wang and Osborne were mrging too (1)

donberryman (591775) | more than 3 years ago | (#34169638)

sorry
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