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Blame plentiful in failed Microsoft-Yahoo deal

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There was plenty of blame to go around on the board discussing Microsoft’s dropping its bid to acquire Yahoo. A lot of it was aimed at Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his Yahoo counterpart Jerry Yang. Here’s a sampling of some:

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Typical of today's badly run publicly traded companies. Yang can't let go of the company he created. Even though he sold the company to the public, he still believes the company is his and cares not a hair about the shareholders that own the company. — OldSchool101

Internet terrorist
Anyone that thinks a buyout by MS is a good thing should be sent to Gitmo as an Internet terrorist. — helloe

Yang’s shoes
Microsoft called Yahoo's bluff and now Yahoo have to find a way to turn its business around. The company is not going to "go out of business" like the fools on this page say, but it will have to innovate much faster/better than it is now. Put yourself in Yang's shoes – you would want more than the company is worth (he has all the money he needs and shareholder expectations are not reasonable). — bodog121

Mother of all shareholder suits
Bad move for Yahoo, good move for Microsoft. Yahoo is so NOT worth $37 a share (or $33 for that matter). Can't wait until its midsummer, when the stock is $16 a share and they have the mother of all shareholder lawsuits on their hands. — Atlanta Gal

Peeling the onion
I failed to see the synergies that would have flowed from a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo. The media thought it was sexy because the move would have combined two tech giants but when you peel the onion, that move would have put investors in the house of pain. The cultures are different. In addition, Microsoft has not demonstrated that it has a grasp on the online advertising and portal business model. Finally, none of these companies are committed to the idea that content is king and that for a media play involving the merger of a software company with a search engine to be successful, there has to be commitment to the idea of presenting content via a Yahoo-Microsoft platform that will keep consumers visiting. Yahoo had its chance ten years ago and blew it. — Alton Drew

Microsoft sucks
Microsoft sucks. MS has never created an innovative product, but only copy or buy the competition. Too bad the deal fell through because I love it when large corporations squander their wealth — kinda like Ford and Jaguar. Corporations should switch to open solutions like Open Office. — arthur100

Hardball tactics
Good for Yahoo! Microsoft uses very hardball tactics to get what they want. It is way past time somebody stood up and said "give it your best shot". As a standalone unit, Yahoo is not doing too bad. As a unit of Microsoft, we get the "better than thou" attitude when asking for service. — Experienced warrior

I wonder if the plan is to let Yahoo self-destruct and the Microsoft will swoop in at a lower price. I still don't believe Microsoft really wants all of Yahoo. they are more interested in taking over their infrastructure and making better use of it. I am a Yahoo shareholder and I would have certainly been happy with Microsoft's offer. I don't own a whole lot of Yahoo, so I will hold out and hope it goes up again when and if a buyout does happen. We will see. — woggerman

More options
I want more options online, not fewer. I want diversity and choice, not the illusion of choice. I want the Internet to remain neutral, and net neutrality is already beginning to sneak out the window, right under our noses. So as far as I'm concerned, news like this is good news. It may be unfortunate for shareholders, but that's in the short-term. Constantly looking at the short-term is a big part of the problem with our insane, out-of-control marketplace. — c33

Chocolate drink
It would be cheaper for Microsoft to create its own chocolate-flavored milk drink than to purchase Yahoo. — Whos Your Daddy

The next Netscape
Bad move on Yahoo's part. Google is eating their lunch and Microsoft's offer was more than fair. In six months their stock price will be back in the teen's because their business model isn't working. The shareholders should have Yang's head along with the Board's. Yahoo is the next Netscape. Wait six months to a year and Yahoo will be begging Microsoft for a deal at $24 a share. On the other hand MS has enough money and resources to put their own product out there and Yahoo will be worth nothing. Either way the shareholders (owners of the company) will be the losers. Shareholder lawsuits are next. — JR Aviator

Ballmer and his high priced advisors botched this up from the get-go by offering too high a price initially. These deals and negotiations are as much about winning and pride as they are about price and value. By coming out with such a high initial price Ballmer left room to only come up a tad instead of leaving room for Yang and Yahoo to look like they ratcheted him up more than a measly 5 to 7 percent. He should have come out at $27 or $28. And then if he went to $33 Yang and Yahoo Board would have saved face and a deal would have got done at $33. — tominmn