Yahoo In Talks With China Company

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yahoo Inc. and Alibaba Group released a joint
statement saying they are engaged in "productive negotiations"
over online payment service Alipay. The two tech giants are aiming
to present a united front as their relationship strains, though
they gave few details on how negotiations are progressing.

Yahoo owns 43 percent of Alibaba, a powerful Internet company in
China. On Tuesday, Yahoo surprised Wall Street when it said that
Alibaba had spun off its online payment service, Alipay. Investors,
worried that Yahoo's stake in Alibaba will now become less
valuable, sent Yahoo's stock down.

Alibaba transferred Alipay to another company owned by its CEO,
Jack Ma. He has been more antagonistic since Carol Bartz became
Yahoo's CEO in January 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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