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Microsoft Buffs Up Its Portfolio by Buying LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion in All-Cash Deal

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Microsoft said Monday that it is buying professional networking service site LinkedIn for about $26.2 billion. LinkedIn, based in Mountain View, Calif., has more than 430 million members. Users can connect with professionals, upload their resumes and search for jobs on its site and apps.

Microsoft Corp. is paying $196 for each share of LinkedIn Corp., a 50 percent premium on the stock’s recent closing price of $131.08.

The deal is expected to close this year. LinkedIn will keep its name and independence, and Jeff Weiner will stay on as CEO. Microsoft is based in Redmond, Wash.

From Wire Reports

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