Report: Yahoo board approves deal to buy Tumblr for $1.1B

Rumors that Yahoo might be in talks to acquire the blogging site emerged last week

By Juan Carlos Perez and Zach Miners, IDG News Service |  

Yahoo's board of directors has approved spending US$1.1 billion [b] in cash to buy popular blogging site Tumblr, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The plan is for Tumblr to operate as an independent business, the Journal reported on Sunday, quoting anonymous sources.

Asked via email about the Journal's report, a Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment. Tumblr didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rumors that Yahoo might be in discussions to buy Tumblr emerged last week, and on Friday Yahoo called for a mystery press event to be held in New York City on Monday afternoon. Tumblr's headquarters are in Manhattan.

"Join us as we share something special," reads the invite, sent to members of the press.

The Journal's All Things D technology news site had reported earlier Friday, citing anonymous sources, that Yahoo might be interested in partnering with, investing in or outright buying Tumblr.

Adweek, in another report also citing unnamed sources, put the value of the deal at $1 billion.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to be at the New York City event, according to CNBC.

The blogging and social networking site, founded in 2007, has 175 employees and hosts more than 100 million blogs.

Mayer is interested in Tumblr because she believes it can help boost Yahoo's advertising revenue and give Yahoo a bigger presence in the consumer social media market, according to the Journal.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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