05:52 MSFT Microsoft eyes Yahoo ties - NY Post (26.46 )
The New York Post reports fresh from losing the AOL sweepstakes to Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) is wasting little time seeking another ticket to battle the search giant � and industry analysts believe the most likely candidate is Yahoo! (YHOO) Speculation about an alliance between the two companies has been mounting since Ian McAllister, a program manager at Microsoft's MSN division, wrote on his blog last week that he had recently met with "senior players at another Tier 1 Internet company" about "ways in which our companies might work together." McAllister wrote that one of the participants in the meeting expressed interest in finding ways to help Microsoft's search and advertising businesses, "with one of the goals being to prevent Google from dominating those spaces even more than they are now." Although McAllister didn't name the co, several industry observers said they were convinced he was referring to Yahoo!