With Carol Bartz Out, Is Yahoo a Takeover Target?

It almost happened under her predecessor. And now with the firing of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz after a rocky two-and-half years, is the company ripe for a sale, or a breakup? (We’ll play Carnac and predict your first thought: Ugh, this again? We feel exactly the same.)

You see, the takeover or breakup of Yahoo has been an endless string of failed efforts, pitches, rumors and stupid ideas. For more on this, we turn to the moment of Original Sin: Microsoft’s February 2008 unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo for $45 billion, or about $31 a share.

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