Rumors abound that AOL and several other private equity firms are in talks to buy Yahoo. Though the details of the deal are complex and limited, it has been said that in order for it to happen there will, most likely, be a sale of Yahoo’s stake in Alibaba. Moreover, Yahoo has yet to be contacted about said deal and has a much larger market capitalization at $20.56 billion compared to AOL’s $2.86 billion.
Various scenarios have been speculated ranging from AOL and Yahoo combining its operations to China’s Alibaba Group buying back the approximate 40% stake that Yahoo currently owns. Whether one or none of these things actually happens, the mere mention of buy out or merger could cause some ripples in both Yahoo and AOL’s pools, so to speak.
Do you think any of this is possible or plausible? What could AOL’s buy out of Yahoo mean for the future of search?