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Rethink:Microsoft, Google, dan kita February 1, 2008

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Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44 billion
Bloomberg News
Published: February 1, 2008
REDMOND, Washington: Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, made an unsolicited offer Friday to buy Yahoo for about $44.6 billion.
The $31-a-share offer is 62 percent more than the closing price of Yahoo shares Thursday, according to a Microsoft statement distributed by PR Newswire. Yahoo shareholders can choose cash or stock, Microsoft said.
Microsoft and Yahoo explored ways to work together in late 2006 and early 2007, according to a letter the Microsoft chief executive, Steve Ballmer, sent to the Yahoo board. Yahoo rejected the idea of being taken over by Microsoft a year ago, the letter said.
“While a commercial partnership may have made sense at one time, Microsoft believes that the only alternative now is the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! that we are proposing,” the letter said. “This proposal represents a compelling value realization event for your sharehold ers.”
“We have great respect for Yahoo, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market,” Ballmer added.
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Yahoo was not immediately available for comment.
Microsoft said it had identified four areas that would generate at least $1 billion in annual synergies for the combined entity.
The European Union’s top competition watchdog declined to comment on news of Microsoft’s $44.6 billion offer to buy Internet company Yahoo .
“We have no comment,” said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for the EU competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, on Friday.
Microsoft said it believed the proposed combination would receive all necessary regulatory approvals.
European Commission clearance would probably be needed for a deal of this size.

Untuk yang bahasa inggrisnya pas-pasan.., inti dari berita tersebut adalah Microsoft berencana meng-akuisisi Yahoo! inc. senilai 44 triliun USD., jumlah yang sangat-sangat besar untuk ukuran orang Indonesia(harta keluarga bakri mendekati itu atau dibawahnya saya kurang tahu). tujuan sebenarnya dari Microsoft mengakusisi Yahoo! mungkin untuk mengurangi dominasi pangsa pasar dunia pencarian di Internet, yang saat ini dikuasai-atau bahkan hampir dimonopoli oleh Google, disamping itu anak perusahaannya(Blogspot, Orkut, Gmail, dll) juga mendominasi dunia internet.

Sedangkan Microsoft masih menjadi raja di bidang produksi Softwarenya, mis. (Windows Family, Office Family, IE, MSN, MySpace dll)

Nah, apa hubungannya dengan kita?`