Microsoft and Yahoo: Will they or won't they?

The suspense surrounding the Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition intensified as conflicting reports set the stage for either a hostile takeover or a disappointing washout.

The suspense surrounding the Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition intensified as conflicting reports set the stage for either a hostile takeover or a disappointing washout. According to Bloomberg News, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told reporters that he's ready to initiate a hostile takeover as soon as this weekend. "We are offering a lot of money. If Yahoo's shareholders like it, that's great. We are prepared to go forward without a merger," Ballmer said at conference in Italy. Yet the Wall Street Journal reports that despite Ballmer's public bravado to go forward with the acquisition, growing skepticism among Microsoft workers and executives could thwart even a hostile takeover.

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