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Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly preparing to make a first-round bid for Yahoo next week. Both Verizon and its AOL subsidiary are said to be in talks with three separate financial institutions about the bid. Google may also make its own bid for the beleaguered company.

From Bloomberg:

Verizon Communications Inc. plans to make a first-round bid for Yahoo Inc.'s Web business next week, and is willing to acquire the company's Yahoo Japan Corp. stake to help sweeten the offer, according to people familiar with the matter.Google, the main division of Alphabet Inc., is also considering bidding for Yahoo's core business, a separate person said.

While AT&T and Comcast were considering bids for Yahoo, both have apparently dropped out of the running. Time, Inc. is still mulling over a potential purchase as well.

First-round bids for Yahoo's web assets are thought to be due on April 11.

68 Comments
  • Being bought up to Google..... Google is just like here is a multi colored life preserver take it or sink
  • Gross, Verizon...yuk. I can't stand them. If it weren't for their cell towers I'd dump them in a heartbeat. The last thing I want is for them to get bigger.
  • Prepare for ads everywhere if Verizon buys them. It's pretty obvious they are interested in the ad revenue part of Yahoo.
  • Actually Google is an ad revenue based company... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google would sink it or make the service users change to google services
  • Will regulators make a stink about google buying up a search company?
  • You bet your ass they will Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yes, and rightfully so. That would need investigated. But I'm guessing that Google's perspective is that Yahoo isn't a search company as much as a news/entertainment/sports portal.
  • On an unrelated note, Jerry why does the LG V10 get so little attention on here? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Truth Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol
    If it was only unlocked for Verizon VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • Great phones barly get noticed here. Just have a look at the LG Flex 2 Best Phone money can buy for 200 bucks Posted via Android Central App
  • Amen!
  • All bids from whomever will be investigated - but I would also agree that Yahoo isn't much of a search company anymore... rather more of a portal. That said, I don't see the compelling reason to purchase - and will be surprised if they actually do bid. If anything, Twitter would be a better match. What would this give them? Flickr? Tumblr?
  • Patents. Data. More data. Lots more data. And around 20% stake in alibaba. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Investigated? Congressional investigation means who has donated the most this month to the Committee of Congressmen "investigating" why they want to purchase? It seems more and more Congress could care less about monopolies.
  • Considering Yahoo uses Bing as their search results provider, I think they might be right in that.
  • I sure as hell hope so. This is the kind of merger that needs really serious scrutiny. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Funny, Yahoo was worth so much back in the day (as did my stock) and it just went downhill, could of been so much more if they weren't so greedy, not worth much now other then a merger. Nexus 6P
  • I suspect that Google is looking at Yahoo more for the news portal and patent portfolio. But if Google's bid is accepted by Yahoo, I'm guessing that Microsoft would be waiting to raise concerns to regulators - especially since Yahoo's search results are powered by Bing.
  • The fact that Yahoo's results are powered by Bing actually helps Google's position. The biggest regulatory concern would be that buying Yahoo would reduce the number of relevant search engines in the US. Yahoo used to be their own search engine. Google, Yahoo, and MS Bing were the biggies. Yahoo gave up trying to compete as an actual engine and instead are basically just a rebranded Bing portal. So, Google buying Yahoo would be like AT&T buying Boost Mobile. It doesn't really remove one of the big players in the core industry, just switches a sub-licensee from one provider to another.
  • But it would shrink bings market share, if Google starts providing Yahoo results. Thereby, reducing competition of its largest competing search engine Posted via the Android Central App
  • No way the Feds would let Google buy Yahoo. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • I bet it would prevent google from bying it. But its still posible for googles side companies to buy it. Depends if they dont notice it.
  • Whatever happened to Alta vista and webcrawler? Posted via the Android Central App
  • We happened to them. When you don't get enough users to pay your bills, there are only a few options left.
  • Google will own everything even my first born. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Better than useless Verizon owning it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just Another "Ultimate Force for Good" :) VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • The US/EU governments will never allow Google to have even more monopoly in the search market by buying Yahoo. I rather Verizon gets them tbh. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They should sell their search engine to Verizon and their entertainment/sports features to Google. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • They use Bing as their search engine now. They are basically a portal. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They actually would allow it Posted from my Moto X 2nd gen and my Nexus 9 both on Android Marshmallow
  • All verizon wants it for is to put Yahoo's branding on thier phones.....right next to the Verizon branding, making it more colorful.....
  • Purple and red, hell yeah Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • But I'll bet vzw changes it to red also! So it will be red on red :) so i take my "colorful" statement back! Lol
  • I Remember, couple of years ago Microsoft was about to buy yahoo for something like 45billion then back out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah. Back when Chrome just released. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Verizon and Google said to be preparing bids for Yahoo"
    - I'd give them fifty bucks
  • Whoever buys them, I hope they don't just shut down services. I've had email through them so long that it still has the Ameritech suffix...
  • You should buy your own domain ($10-15/year, depending on registrar) and either run your own mail server (if your ISP allows it) or find a webhosting service (the one I use has plans from $4-8/month, & they've been reliable for me for several years now).
  • The e-mail portal will stay active. I still have an old webtv.net email account that is still accessible. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What lol this is a rumor? Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I've got no love for Verizon, but we don't need Google buying up a company just to destroy the competition.
  • Yahoo is no competition to anyone any longer. Google can have them as long as they keep my email address(s).
  • I remember when we submitted our domain and website info to Yahoo back in 1995 so that we could get up and running on the relatively 'early web'. Yahoo was SO accomodating and quick to get us linked and online in their search engine. They desperately wanted domains so they could expand. Yahoo took only one hour and no charge to get us hooked up. We're still online in their search engine. However, the company as we all know, has changed and to many of us, gone downhill. If Verizon buys Yahoo, you almost can bet the customers of VZ like me and many others, will wind up paying for the acquisition. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like charging 20 bucks for the privilege of having a Yahoo logo on the back? ER......upgrade fee? Lol
  • This needs to not happen Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • If Google buys Yahoo, will that include all Yahoo Mobile Apps as well? Yahoo tends to make excellent apps which can possibly be another benefit for Google/Android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously, as many mistakes as Yahoo has made, app design is not one of them.
  • We can all thank Marissa Mayer for screwing up Yahoo so damn bad that they have to sell it now. Unbelievable stupidity! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yahoo was screwed up long before she got there. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • She made it worse.
  • She is a former Google employee, this was in the works from the beginning, LOL. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've had my Yahoo email address for as long as I can remember and use it for pretty much everything. Whoever buys Yahoo better not shut down their email service.
  • Verizon does it, they do something to screw us over. Google buys it, they take the data and maybe a few patents, most likely kill the apps at some point and we don't see anything new come out of it for us.
  • What an idiot CEO Yahoo has. Yahoo is dead and google needs a Google Currents web page, so.....
  • #MakeYahooGreatAgain! #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Google Flickr. Yes please. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Only thing I really use Yahoo for these days is Fantasy Sports. Though my wife still prefers her decade+ old email account from them when we first got DSL. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yahoo has seriously went downhill in recent years.....
  • Yahoo should shun all bids and make it work or bust.
  • Google probably just being Google and driving the price of admission up. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Google, Bing, Dogpile and DuckDuckGo. Means there would be at least four individual search engines in the US if Google were, for whatever reason, purchase Yahoo. It would pass any reasonable investigation. Don't forget that siri is rumoured to become Apple's in house search engine at some point, bringing five to the table after yahoo is absorbed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great... More verizon bloatware!!!...GAG!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I doubt Google will buy a broken company, Verizon I think is more likely to purchase. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully they can turn it around, in recent years it has become one of the foremost shitposting hubs of the internet. Just look at all that filth on the main page every day. I know it's their 'partners' that dump those garbage, disease-ridden articles and ads on there, but Yahoo is still responsible for it allowing it to happen.
    Other than advertising, an email service and a 3rd rate search engine, what is Yahoo, really? A bunch of other informative components that are so-so.
    I hope Google and Verizon know what they're buying, cause I don't think anybody else does.
  • Yahoo makes great apps. Outside of that, yahoo weather, sports Fantasy sports, news, ect. They do those great. But as a search engine, #3 behind bing and Google, they bring very little. If google were to utilize the good it would be better for everyone who uses google, but google has no issues dumping its parts that don't work. Since google is primarily an ad revenue and search provider and yahoo uses bing, I don't see a conflict because everyone uses ad revenue. But I doubt the people investigating whether it is a monopoly would know that. After all, look how well they are handling the encryption issue. Posted via the Android Central App