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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Now Google, in addition to Microsoft, said to be eyeing Yahoo

Recent reports have indicated that Microsoft may be considering a joint purchase, or possibly financing a joint purchase of Yahoo.

Now Google is said to be considering providing financing for a purchase of Yahoo by another company or group of bidders, according to Bloomberg, which cites “a person who has been briefed on the matter.”

Google is considering helping finance other bidders, rather than trying to acquire Yahoo outright, according to the Bloomberg article, which also notes that Google may opt not to take part in any offer and hasn’t engaged in serious discussions with would-be partners yet.

The Wall Street Journal, citing “a person familiar with the matter,” reports that Google has talked to at least two private-equity firms about “potentially helping them finance a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business.”

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