Will Patent Lawsuit Force Facebook To Acquire Yahoo?
By suing Facebook for patent infringement, Yahoo is either seeking a cash settlement or some form of equity in pre-IPO Facebook, as it did in Google by way of the AltaVista patents it inherited when it bought Overture (who’d acquired AltaVista).
Seeing how Microsoft's $45 billion offer is a thing of the past, and Yahoo revenues have fallen from $7 billion to $5 billion from 2008 to 2011, maybe new CEO Scott Thompson’s lawsuit is a veiled attempt to force Facebook to ultimately buy Yahoo.
If anybody fears Facebook these days, it’s Google. Theoretically, Google may be inclined to acquire Yahoo now that Yahoo’s Facebook-killing patent arsenal is out in the open. Mind you, antitrust issues over the combined entity’s search market share would squash that deal.