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Takeover rumors are heating up like the weather, as both Yahoo and Google may open their dainty pocketbooks and pick up a couple of companies.

These rumors and four bucks will get you the half-caff, double foam vanilla hazelnut latte at your favorite coffeehouse. Google may have a jones for RSS syndication service provider Feedburner, while Yahoo could be ready for a big social networking buy in Bebo.

Valleywag cited Sam Sethi at Vecosys, who offered the usual caveat about rumors in disclosing the revelation about Google. But Valleywag put a price to the rumor of $100 million for Feedburner.

“So, why would Google pay such a high multiple, about 10 times revenues, for the startup?” Valleywag asked. They likened the proposed deal to the Urchin/Google Analytics purchase as one that ties independent publishers to Google.

Yahoo could be spending a billion dollars on Bebo. The British-based social networking site could represent Yahoo’s long-awaited entry into this arena, long dominated by MySpace. Bebo has a band focus, and loading a profile page will likely kick off a music track or video that sounds almost but not entirely unlike Alice Deejay.

Britain’s Telegraph claims this deal will happen. If it does, it would be in the neighborhood of the offer Yahoo made to Facebook, which laughed off the $1 billion as far too low.

Rumors: Google, Yahoo, May Be Buying
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