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MSFT-YHOO-GOOG: The Ball-and-Chain Weekend

This story was written by Rafat Ali.

All reports lead to this weekend, or maybe not; the game continues. As the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) deadline for a hostile takeover ends today, the Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) board may meet this weekend to decide on the next course of action. Meanwhile, will Microsoft walk away from the deal? Will the increasing internal opposition lead it to change its mind?

Meanwhile on the Google-Yahoo front, Google (NSDQ: GOOG) won't run into regulatory issues because it would be "non-exclusive" and falls short of an outright merger, reports Reuters (NSDQ: RTRSY), citing sources. It thinks the deal is not be any different than its deals with AOL (NYSE: TWX) and IAC/InterActiveCorp.

By Rafat Ali

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