Facebook suitors emerge

Microsoft and Google both rumoured to be sniffing around
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The web is awash with speculation that one or other of the internet's heavy hitters may be on the verge of buying social networking site Facebook.com for enormous mounds of cash.

Internet business blog Internet outsider has speculated that Microsoft, tired of being beaten to the punch by Google on many internet acquisitions, may be having a whip round to the tune of $6 billion to snap up Facebook. It does stress, however "No, of course we can't confirm it."

Meanwhile tech industry news site Silicon.com reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin has admitted that Google would be receptive to the idea of buying Facebook. He concedes, however, that Facebook doesn't seem to be in any great hurry to to sell.

That's hardly surprising given that Facebook appears to be going through an exponential phase of membership growth, with over five million people, including your correspondent, since late May 2007 alone.

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