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It seems like it was only February 2008 when Microsoft was offering to pay $44 billion to buy enjoyable sports-news site and occasional search engine

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Microsoft Still Kicking Tires on Yahoo Purchase

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It seems like it was only February 2008 when Microsoft was offering to pay $44 billion to buy enjoyable sports-news site and occasional search engine Yahoo.

Times have changed it seems. Even while they stay the same.

Reports are now bubbling up about Microsoft looking to make another go at purchasing the former heavyweight-champion search site--now at the much-reduced price of around $18 billion.

Over at ZD Net, Microsoft news hound Mary Jo Foley looks at which parts, if any, of Yahoo that Microsoft might do well to purchase.

Here's what she comes up with:

Flickr photo sharing: Could be a good fit with Microsoft's SkyDrive service

Yahoo Mail and Messenger: Could be a way for Microsoft to eliminate competitors to its own Windows Live Mail and Messenger services and pick up all those Yahoo customers, too

Yahoo Shopping, Yahoo Deals, Yahoo Travel: Any/all of these commerce services might be good complements to Bing's similar offerings

Yahoo Advertising: Would make a decent pairing with Microsoft's myriad advertising efforts, especially given the emphasis Microsoft is putting on online ads.

Frankly, I think that as long as Charles Robinson keeps writing there, I don't care who owns Yahoo.

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