and several others have written to point out that Carl Icahn has initiated a proxy battle
with Yahoo's board of directors over their rejection
of Microsoft's bid
for the company in February. Icahn has purchased millions of Yahoo shares over the past week and assembled a group of nine other investors
(including Mark Cuban) to persuade the board to resume talks with Microsoft. Yahoo remains unimpressed
. Icahn's letter to Yahoo accuses:
"It is unconscionable that you have not allowed your shareholders to choose to accept an offer that represented a 72% premium over Yahoo's closing price of $19.18 on the day before the initial Microsoft offer. I and many of your shareholders strongly believe that a combination between Yahoo and Microsoft would form a dynamic company and more importantly would be a force strong enough to compete with Google on the Internet."