Microsoft says it withdraws offer for Yahoo (MSN Money)

In case you missed the news today, Steve Ballmer announced (MSN link below) that Microsoft withdrew its offer for Yahoo! today. 

Microsoft Corp withdrew its offer for Yahoo Inc on Saturday after negotiations fell through because Yahoo wanted more than the $33 a share that Microsoft was willing to offer.

In a letter to Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company raised its offer by about $5 billion to $33 a share, but Yahoo wanted $37 a share.

“Despite our best efforts, including raising our bid by roughly $5 billion, Yahoo! has not moved toward accepting our offer,” Ballmer said in a statement.

“After careful consideration, we believe the economics demanded by Yahoo! do not make sense for us, and it is in the best interests of Microsoft stockholders, employees and other stakeholders to withdraw our proposal,” said Ballmer.

Microsoft says it withdraws offer for Yahoo: Reuters Business News – MSN Money

(update) And Steve’s letter is now available on Microsoft PressPass.

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