New York Times, in 2008:
In a bold move to counter Google’s online pre-eminence, Microsoft said Friday that it had made an unsolicited offer to buy Yahoo for about $44.6 billion in a mix of cash and stock.
If consummated, the deal would redraw the competitive landscape in Internet consumer services, where both Microsoft and Yahoo have both struggled to compete with Google.
Then in 2016, Verizon acquires Yahoo! for $4.83 billion.
O how time flies, and how it drains billions along with it.