Microsoft is in talks to buy a minority stake in the popular social-networking Web site Facebook Inc., a sign of a new urgency by the software giant to jump-start its online business at a time when Google is widening its lead in the fast-growing Internet-advertising business. As part of its catch-up program, Microsoft also has quietly granted broad powers to an executive recently hired from outside the company, who is expected to help shake up the software giant's online business.More info over here.
Microsoft in recent weeks approached Facebook with proposals to invest in the startup that could value the fast-growing site at $10 billion or higher, said people familiar with the matter. If those talks bear fruit, Microsoft could purchase a stake of up to 5% in the closely held startup, at a cost in the range of $300 million to $500 million, the people said.
But Microsoft must first outgun Google, which has also expressed strong interest in a Facebook stake, according to people familiar with the matter.
Microsoft wants a piece of Facebook - just like Google
Posted on Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 @ 11:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck