There’s a scenario floating out there whereby Apple buys Yahoo! (the exclamation mark is part of their name not any kind of drama I’ve added)
So, why is that a good idea? I think people are seeing a lot of ghosts behind trees right now and this one just may have been planted to get Ballmer back to the table. Imagine the chairs that would fly if he, for one instant, thought Apple was seriously considering taking his sloppy seconds only to trounce him soundly in the end-run.
I really don’t see this happening though. You have Eric Schmidt as an Apple Director. Not a person I’d easily or readily dismiss due to a merger or product direction. He’s already marginalized a bit due to the competing tendencies between iPhone and Android. Still… An aquisition of Yahoo! while fun to think about just doesn’t ring true.
Yes, Yang came out on stage and did the whole poster-boy thing at the iPhone intro. And, Jobs went to Yahoo! HQ and told them they have greatness in them.
But, so what!? This isn’t the stuff of mergers. Not to mention the nuts and bolts of such a deal. Does Apple really want to have the additional drag Yahoo! would add to operations?