07/04/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Could Microsoft Control Yahoo Without Buying It? Investors Think So

So when will Microsoft and Yahoo really start talking again?

Much sooner than later, if investors have their way.

While the pair have not had any substantive new talks as yet, despite reports they had, BoomTown would expect pressure from those shareholders (if not a dose of sanity in the face of the Google juggernaut) will bring them to the table within the next week.

While the software giant has no interest in buying all of the Internet portal, under a scenario that was first suggested to Microsoft by major Yahoo shareholders-including activist investor Carl Icahn, who is waging a proxy war against the company-a more substantial search deal could effectively give Microsoft control over Yahoo.


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