March 5, 2008 / 7:31 AM / 12 years ago

Yahoo, Time Warner step up combination talks: report

A Yahoo! signs sits out front of their headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, February 1, 2008. Yahoo Inc and media conglomerate Time Warner Inc <TWX.N> have stepped up talks to create an alternative to Microsoft Corp's offer to take over the Web company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Kimberly White

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc YHOO.O and media conglomerate Time Warner Inc TWX.N have stepped up talks to create an alternative to Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) offer to take over the Web company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday citing people familiar with the matter.

The paper reported that the talks center on a deal that would fold Time Warner’s AOL Internet unit into Yahoo, according to the people, who still consider a Yahoo purchase by Microsoft as the most likely outcome.

Last month Microsoft made a $41 billion offer to buy Yahoo, which was rejected as undervaluing the business.

Yahoo and Time Warner were not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Yinka Adegoke, editing by Elizabeth Fullerton

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