Management has always vehemently denied any speculation of a takeover.
Recent comments stated how attractive they are as a candidate and simply saying there is no need to buy us.
"However, “we don’t see any need to be bought,” said Tom Leighton, Akamai’s co-founder and chief scientist, in an interview yesterday at Bloomberg’s New York headquarters. “Akamai is very attractive. We’re very unique in what we do. We’d be of interest to any big player that cares about the Internet.”"
That sounds like a clear change in tone to me. Why say we don't see a need and then explain why they might want to consider it?
That siad, the real story of the article is not about acquisition, it is about how UNDERVALUED they are.