After 18 months atop Yahoo!, Chief Executive Carol Bartz appears to be done with cutting costs and ready to address the site’s No. 1 problem: trying to reverse the 25 percent drop in time visitors spend at the Web portal that has occurred on her watch.
In addressing the problem, Bartz has created a wish list of hot companies she’d like to partner with or buy, sources tell The Post.
After buying freelance news site Associated Content for $100 million and courting location-based “check-in” service Foursquare, Bartz has turned her attention to the Huffington Post, the five-year-old “Internet newspaper” co-founded by Arianna Huffington, according to published reports.
Yahoo! is in talks about a content partnership with HuffPo and is interested in acquiring the company outright if it could swing the price, according to blog TechCrunch, which estimates HuffPo’s revenues will rise to $60 million next year and $100 million in 2012.
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