Yahoo explores tie-up with Murdoch’s News Corp.: report

NEW YORK, Feb 13, 2008 (AFP) – Yahoo is exploring a possible alliance with media conglomerate News Corp. to stave off a take-over by software giant Microsoft, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. owns the Journal, as well a global media empire that includes popular online social networking website MySpace, Dow Jones, Fox News, and 20th Century Fox.

A potential deal outlined in the Journal centers on combining MySpace and other News Corp. properties with Yahoo in exchange for a stake of 20 percent or more in the California Internet search veteran.

Such an alliance would enable Yahoo to maintain its independence and thwart a hostile takeover by Microsoft, which has vowed to continue its bid to buy the company despite Yahoo rejecting a 44.6-billion-dollar offer on Monday.

Yahoo maintains it is looking into many strategic alternatives to being gobbled up by Microsoft, which wants to merge the two companies’ resources to better challenge Internet colossus Google.

Analysts caution that alliance talks with News Corp. could be part of a strategy by Yahoo to pressure Microsoft into upping its offer.

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