Media giants mull Yahoo deals
Just as it appears more likely that Yahoo’s days as an independent entity is drawing to a close, comes a possible deal that would lead to a bigger and better Yahoo.
News Corp is considering joining Microsoft in its bid, which would bring in MySpace and create a more formidable rival to Google.
But Yahoo is closing in on a deal with Time Warner Inc that would fold AOL, excluding its legacy dial-up Internet access operations, into a combined Yahoo company.
Oh, and Yahoo is testing a Google ad search system as a potential way to keep Microsoft at arm’s length.
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Keep an eye on:
- “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric is likely to leave the network well before her contract ends in 2011. (WSJ). On the other hand, CBS says “we have no plans for any changes regarding Katie or the broadcast.” (LA Times) If Couric is eased out as anchor, CBS plans to offer her either a syndicated talk show or a full-time role on “60 Minutes.” (Washington Post)
- HBO has named television agent Sue Naegle as its new entertainment president. (LA Times )
- Sling Media is expected to miss its second quarter goal of releasing SlingCatcher — a set-top box that brings video content from a Slingbox to another TV in a house, or from an external hard drive. (CNET )