Where have all Yahoo’s Plan Bs gone? In the days before Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) withdrew its bid for the company, it put out word that it was on the verge of signing an ad outsourcing deal with Google (NSDQ: GOOG). And then there was that AOL (NYSE: TWX) deal with word of some share buybacks at above-market prices. Now WSJ is reporting that Google execs are “divided” on whether to consummate such an agreement with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). And though Yahoo-AOL talks continue, according to the report, there’s not much urgency (that’s fair enough, no need to rush at this point.). It’s not clear what the reluctance is about — antitrust could be a factor — but still, we thought Google “enjoyed” working with Yahoo.
Meanwhile, the report reiterates that Microsoft has contacted Facebook (which was reported yesterday) though it claims that no such talks are currently underway.