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According to press reports, Microsoft wants to buy just the search portion of Yahoo. Joe Wilcox rightly points this idea out as being a “lobotomy”.

I admit to being bewildered by this idea on a number of points.  First, how exactly do you separate Yahoo search from the rest of Yahoo’s holdings?  Secondly, how does Microsoft integrate Yahoo with Live?

I was also uncomfortable with Microsoft’s first bid to buy Yahoo, seeing that Microsoft would have to go into a fairly staggering amount of debt (for the first time in its history) to make the acquisition. 

It’s not that I really care what either company does, but it always bugs me when something doesn’t make sense.  Maybe I’m just not getting the whole picture. Anyone smarter than me want to ‘splain it?

Alex Eckelberry