The tech deal that intrigues me though is a possible purchase of Yahoo (YHOO) by eBay. Yahoo's new search is powerful, and frankly cool, but without a nudge, might never live up to its potential. Yahoo's homepage is still very popular — it's my homepage so it must be (haha) — and could be a fantastic way to integrate the businesses. Adding a more integrated eBay module and better developing Yahoo's social reach using the email system as the starting point, could provide incredible development opportunity for a company with broader scope.
There is a strong rationale for Ebay to be concerned if YHOO decided to partner with Alibaba in US business operations. The partnership would significantly negatively impacted Ebay business. This will be debated for sure. Unless Ebay gobbled up YHOO and then partner with Alibaba. I think there is a desire from Alibaba (Jack Ma) to partner with Ebay.