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May 26, 2006 at 9:40 AM

Microsoft to buy eBay?

Yahoo!’s alliance with eBay and Google’s deal with Dell would pale compared to a mammoth deal that Microsoft may be attempting – an outright acquisition of eBay, according to a New York Post report today.

If the report is true, Microsoft’s obsession with Google is reaching new heights. Microsoft could afford it – eBay was worth $48 billion this morning — but that would eat up a lot of Microsoft’s flexibility to do deals that actually relate to its core business.

The Post said antitrust concerns are cooling the talks, which is sort of odd. I wonder if the executives are more worried about telecom regulators getting involved, given eBay’s ownership of Skype and Microsoft’s moves toward Internet telephony.

It’s following the same script as the AOL-Google-Microsoft-Yahoo! dance last fall – a fading Internet star is negotiating for the best deal from the big-spending search and advertising companies.

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