Jeff Pulver suggests (on Twitter) that Google (GOOG) is a potential competitor to Microsoft’s offer.
Now, while everything is possible, I don’t think this is going to be the case since the the two companies simply have an opposite strategy – which will result in a big cultural clash.Google has always been about automated content – automated search, news aggregation and even shopping. Yahoo on the other hand has always been about human generated content – people using its services to generate content (Yahoo started as a service for people to classify web-sites).
I think Yahoo fits exactly into Microsoft’s Live Services strategy and such a takeover (if it takes place) will grately enhance the live services platform – which makes MSFT and YHOO and great fit together.
Anyway, It looks like its going to be an interesting trade day on NASDAQ today…