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Yahoo’s Alibaba Windfall Means Firepower to Chase Google

Marissa Mayer is finally set to get a cash infusion from Yahoo! Inc.’s nine-year investment in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- along with the pressure of putting the money to work.

Yahoo is selling 208 million shares, or about 40 percent of its Alibaba stake, in the Chinese Internet company’s upcoming initial public offering, and could generate in excess of $10 billion in the process. That would more than double Yahoo’s cash stockpile.