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Microsoft bids $44.6 billion to buy Yahoo

<p>Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang (L) and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a composite image. Microsoft on Friday said it had offered to acquire Yahoo in a proposed cash and stock deal valued at $44.6 billion. REUTERS/File</p>

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang (L) and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a composite image. Microsoft on Friday said it had offered to acquire Yahoo in a proposed cash and stock deal valued at $44.6 billion. REUTERS/File

Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang (L) and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a composite image. Microsoft on Friday said it had offered to acquire Yahoo in a proposed cash and stock deal valued at $44.6 billion. REUTERS/File

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<p>A Yahoo! signs sits out front of their headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White</p>

A Yahoo! signs sits out front of their headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

A Yahoo! signs sits out front of their headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

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<p>A graph showing unique audience viewership and the active online reach of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Time Warner. The statistics for Time Warner include data from AOL and CNN sites. The statistics for Microsoft include data for MSNBC sites. REUTERS/Graphics</p>

A graph showing unique audience viewership and the active online reach of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Time Warner. The statistics for Time Warner include data from AOL and CNN sites. The statistics for Microsoft include data for MSNBC sites....more

A graph showing unique audience viewership and the active online reach of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Time Warner. The statistics for Time Warner include data from AOL and CNN sites. The statistics for Microsoft include data for MSNBC sites. REUTERS/Graphics

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<p>Microsoft Corp said on Friday it has offered to buy Yahoo Inc, the popular Web portal, for $44.6 billion in cash and stock, seeking to join forces against Google Inc in what would be the biggest Internet deal since the Time Warner-AOL merger. REUTERS/Graphics</p>

Microsoft Corp said on Friday it has offered to buy Yahoo Inc, the popular Web portal, for $44.6 billion in cash and stock, seeking to join forces against Google Inc in what would be the biggest Internet deal since the Time Warner-AOL merger....more

Microsoft Corp said on Friday it has offered to buy Yahoo Inc, the popular Web portal, for $44.6 billion in cash and stock, seeking to join forces against Google Inc in what would be the biggest Internet deal since the Time Warner-AOL merger. REUTERS/Graphics

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<p>A man drives a Mini Cooper with a Yahoo! logo in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White</p>

A man drives a Mini Cooper with a Yahoo! logo in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

A man drives a Mini Cooper with a Yahoo! logo in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

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<p>A woman jogs in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White</p>

A woman jogs in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

A woman jogs in front of Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

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