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Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:55:19 PM »
I keep running into rumors talking about an Apple merger of some sort thats supposed to bump the stock 50% up.  I don't have any myself.

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2012, 11:23:00 PM »
Whatever it is, it won't be a merger it will be a buy with Apple purchasing.

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Apple Buys Yahoo on fire sale.  Not sure why.  Search patents from AV, Inktomi, ATW maybe?

There have been rumors that Apple might buy a cellphone telecom, but that would make them a direct competitor of the remaining 3 US telecoms, plus trigger anti trust scrutiny.


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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 12:20:22 AM »
yeah, that would make sense.  It must be a major buy for them to call it a merger.  It's been on my radar for at least a month but now I hear it's days/weeks away.

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 01:14:45 AM »
>Apple Buys Yahoo

I'd actually be happy about that.  It would be good for the industry to have Apple get into search.  If that were the case it Yahoo would be the one to buy, not Apple.

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 07:39:20 AM »
I'd hate to see Apples closed divisive approach applied to a major search offering (with them behind it, it would become major).  Not sure whether that is better or worse than the current monopoly. Really close call for me.

However I can see it happening. It's been talked about as a theoretical possibility at least for years.

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2012, 11:56:21 AM »
I would not have a problem with Apple buying Yahoo if that meant we would eventually gain a third major search engine with its own db. It would still take years and I would frankly launch it under the Alta Vista name rather than Yahoo.  Apple could probably get by with buying just the search bits of Y! Not all of Y!

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2012, 02:17:35 PM »
There has also been some talk about Apple buying Twitter since they have failed in all other attempts at social networking.  Jobs always said Apple's big war chest of cash was for buying something really big.  Personally, I'd rather they blow their money on search and not screw up Twitter.


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The point has been raised that FB ought to buy Bing from M$, or anyway develop their own search engine.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/microsoft-should-sell-bing-to-facebook-analyst-says/2012/04/20/gIQAg5Q7VT_story.html?

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I'm having a hard time thinking up really large Apple acquisitions that would not trigger anti-trust problems except maybe Yahoo.  Buying Yahoo would give Apple a web based outlet for their ad networks and an email platform to compete against MS and Gmail, but everything else at Yahoo just seems so neglected and half finished.

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Re: Lots of chatter about an Apple merger...
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2012, 03:11:14 PM »
I thought Yahoo were tied up with MS?  They are with the advertising anyway.

Maybe they will go for a tech company.  Buying Samsung would end a few of their problems?