Who Will Win the Yahoo! Sweepstakes?

Shares of Yahoo have been on a white-knuckled roller-coaster ride since the company hired an investment banker to explore shareholder-juicing possibilities, including an outright sale. Reuters has claimed that Microsoft is considering another run at its search partner, but Bloomberg dissents. Who else might buy the dot-com giant?

The Alibaba Fraud Case Could Be a Weight on Yahoo

Yahoo, which holds roughly 40% of Alibaba's Chinese parent, Alibaba Group Holding, had been pining for an IPO of the e-commerce giant's sister company, Taobao. Now, though, with a fraud probe underway, Yahoo's chances of cashing in on an IPO just got slimmer. Refuses to Participate in Parent's Bid for Sohu Stake (ALBCF) is unwilling to take part in its parent Alibaba Group%u2019s bid to buy a stake in Inc%u2019s search engine unit. Alibaba Group and a fund founded by its chairman, Jack Ma, plan to buy a 16% stake in search engine unit, Sogou, IDG News reported. The deal, which has not yet been finalized, may increase Sohu%u2019s search engine presence in China and draw users to Alibaba Group%u2019s e-commerce business.