Which company best nurtures upstart acquisitions: Yahoo or Google?

The favored exit strategy for internet startups is no longer an IPO but a splashy acquisition - preferably by Yahoo or Google. Head-to-head, how successful have Google and Yahoo been at advancing their purchases? Take a peek at FSB's scorecard.

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Google acquisition:
Pyra Labs' Blogger (2003; price not disclosed)

Yahoo acquisition:
GeoCities (1999; $3.6 billion in stock)

Winner: Google
Blogger was left for more than two years without updates, but it remains one of the most popular blogging sites. Users fled GeoCities after Yahoo changed the publishing terms and branding; the site is now a ghost town.

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