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Three potential candidates for a Microsoft takeover

The companies Microsoft should bid for next

Since Microsoft has pulled out of the Yahoo deal, we've picked out potential targets that would strengthen the software giant's presence in the search, web advertising and Web 2.0 services.

Microsoft's decision to walk away from the Yahoo takeover has left the software giant with billions burning a hole in its pocket. The obvious next step would be to take over other internet firms crying out for investment, but out of the hundreds of Web 2.0 concerns, which should Microsoft choose?

Based on search, web advertising and Web 2.0 services, things that in our eyes are Microsoft's biggest weaknesses, we've rounded up potential targets that would provide at least some of the same kudos buying Yahoo would have created.

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