The rumors that Twitter might be for sale hit earlier today via CNBC, naming Google and Salesforce as interested parties. TechCrunch later posted that its own sources claim that Microsoft and Verizon are also interested in acquiring Twitter.
Microsoft has already announced plans to buy social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, with the deal scheduled to be closed by the end of 2016. Later, it was revealed that Microsoft came out on top of a bidding war with Salesforce to acquire LinkedIn, which caused Microsoft's final price to be several billion dollars more than it first pitched. TechCrunch stated today that its sources have indicated that Microsoft's interest in Twitter "in part, is an attempt by the company to drive the price up to keep it out of Salesforce's hands."
When contacted a company spokesperson stated, "At this moment Microsoft has nothing to share." Indeed, none of these reports has been officially confirmed by any of the companies listed. However, the rumors have certainly helped to drive up the price of Twitter's stock today by over 19%, as of this writing.
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