Just got off the phone with a source close to LinkedIn.
Basically, a little while back, Monster's Bank of America bankers called LinkedIn and asked if LinkedIn execs would do a "courtesy call."
They said something like, "Hey can you give us a call so we can talk about this possible opportunity?" and LinkedIn execs said, "OK, we'll listen."
LinkedIn didn't have much interest after that, but BofA offered what's called a "teaser," which is basically a preview of the more complete "book" bankers put together on a company they are trying to sell.
Now, our source believes, someone at BofA or Monster is placing stories saying LinkedIn is interested in buying Monster, hoping to drum up interest.
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