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Microsoft May Try To Replace Yahoo Board

Microsoft appears to be taking the next steps in its move toward a hostile acquisition of Yahoo.

Microsoft appears to be taking the next steps in its move toward a hostile acquisition of Yahoo -- or at least put pressure on Yahoo to come to the bargaining table.

According to a New York Times report yesterday, if Yahoo won't negotiate with Microsoft regarding the takeover, Microsoft will attempt to oust Yahoo's current board of directors and replace it with one that would be more more receptive.

"Microsoft would...seek to nominate a slate of directors to Yahoo's board by March 13, the final deadline for nominations, and pursue a lengthy campaign to oust the board," the New York Times' DealBook blog reported, citing anonymous sources. "The move, expected to cost about $20 million to $30 million, was Microsoft's alternative to raising its $44.6 billion bid and is seen as a less expensive way to put pressure on Yahoo's board."

Microsoft representatives declined to comment on the report.

Last week, reports indicated that Yahoo was seeking to partner with others, particularly News Corp., to avoid being acquired by Redmond and/or force the company to up its offer.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Enterprise Computing and Education Groups, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy for the groups. She also serves as executive editor the ECG Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the ECG group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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