It looks like Jeff Smith and Starboard Value's bold move to shape up the Yahoo boardroom and push through a sale of the company is finally paying off some tangible dividends. In particular, all reports point to Yahoo's incumbent chief executive officer (CEO), Marissa Mayer, as being less confrontational and more willing to hammer out the details of this blockbuster acquisition.

Will the progress made by Smith and Mayer be enough for Verizon or one of the other major suitors to finally get their hands this once-proud tech giant? Kara Swisher has all of the details in her feature for Re/code.

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