News briefs, March 26, 2007

Wink eyes stock buyback

Wink, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of a people search engine for online profiles, has repurchased some of its stock from existing VC backers. Greylock Partners is among those that have reduced their stakes, but remains the company’s largest outside shareholder.

Blackstone, Carlyle consider teaming on TXU

The Blackstone Group and The Carlyle Group are co-leading a possible rival consortium for TXU, the Dallas-based energy giant that recently agreed to be acquired for $45 billion by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and TPG. Hellman & Friedman are reportedly also part of the group, but many have cautioned that a rival bid could be difficult to finance given that so many banks already have lined up behind the KKR and TPG bid.