Mo' Acqusitions Mo' Problems

Yahoo! Can’t Stop Acquiring Companies, Now Wants Hulu

Yahoo's got stacks on stacks on stacks.

Marissa Mayer, worrying about all the companies she's trying to acquire

Marissa Mayer, worrying about all the companies she’s trying to acquire. (Photo: Johannes Eisele, Getty/AFP)

Apparently owning cutesy GIF factory Tumblr is just not enough to slake the thirst of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. AllThingsD reports that the aging Valley giant made a bid to acquire Hulu this morning, just days after spending $1.1 billion (ca$h money) to buy Tumblr.

The news isn’t entirely unexpected; AllThingsD reported a few weeks ago that Yahoo! was already “in the process” of bidding for Hulu, though it hadn’t made a formal bid yet. Yahoo! had already tried to scoop up the French video site DailyMotion, but was prevented by French minister Arnaud Montebourg, who stated that he didn’t want an American company to own a majority stake in the French-grown video site.

Under CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! has made a slew of acquisitions, from Summ.ly, the news shortening application run by a 17 year-old, to PlayerScale, the gaming company that Yahoo! picked up just yesterday. It’s unclear how exactly these acquisitions fit together: Does Ms. Mayer expect Tumblr’s cadre of millennial users to start reading news on Summ.ly, playing games on Playerscale and watching videos on Hulu?

Of course, Tumblr’s userbase probably won’t like Hulu all that much–there’s not enough porn.

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