The chart above depicts the difference in performance between Google’s stock price and Yahoo!’s stock price since the former went public almost 4 years ago.

Since then GOOG has risen about 600%. However, as the chart clearly shows, it has appreciated even faster in YHOO terms, 30-times faster, to be precise.

Considering this horrifically woeful underperformance of its closest competitor, how can Yahoo! even think of saying no to Mr. Softie?