Yahoo!'s stock price took a hit in the aftermath of Microsoft's failed attempt to acquire the Web portal, but some observers say the company can be successful as a stand-alone firm, provided it leverages the value of its huge audience -- measured at 500 million monthly visitors worldwide. The company is at work on a three-year plan to increase revenue to $8.8 billion in 2010, and may outsource at least a portion of its search advertising to Google as a means of increasing Yahoo!'s cash flow.
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