Investment firms Silver Lake and Digital Sky Technologies (DST), along with Alibaba Group, are planning to partner on an acquisition bid for Yahoo, Bloomberg is reporting, citing anonymous sources.
According to Bloomberg's sources, the three firms have already contacted Yahoo, saying that a deal could be coming over, but so far, the bid has not been completed, and still might not happen.
Silver Lake has a long history of investing in troubled companies. In 2009, for example, the company acquired Skype from eBay for about $2 billion. Earlier this year, it sold off Skype to Microsoft for $8.5 billion. … Read more
Windows 8's new Metro-based Start menu has already aroused concerns and questions among users, but Microsoft sees the feature as a natural evolution.
In the latest Building Windows 8 blog, Chaitanya Sareen, program manager lead on Microsoft's Core Experience Evolved team, acknowledged some of the questions about the new Start menu from worrisome users.
"With regard to the main user experience, particularly Start, we're noticing some themes in your comments," Sareen said.
"Will there be a way to close Metro-style apps without going to Task Manager? (Yes there will be, but we also want … Read more
At any given time, the majority of Netflix users are watching television shows, rather than movies, a company executive has revealed.
Speaking yesterday at the Mipcom conference in Cannes, France, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that "50 percent, and sometimes, 60 percent, of viewing (on Netflix) is TV episodes now," according to PaidContent, which was at the event,
Sarandos was quick to add that those statistics won't stop his company from focusing on bringing more movies to the streaming service. He reportedly said during his keynote address that the stats "can be misperceived as … Read more
Yahoo offers the largest selection of premium video content on the Web--not the user-generated kind that fill YouTube--and yet users have no idea.
So the company is rolling out a new service today, called Yahoo Screen, that puts all of the videos to which it has access in one spot. In the past, users looking for Yahoo's video content had to fish around various Yahoo sites to find programming.
"It's rather daunting finding something that's interesting for you to watch," said David Rice, Yahoo's vice president of media properties.
At Yahoo, shows such as … Read more
After five months at sea, British adventurer and environmental advocate Roz Savage made landfall this morning in Mauritius, completing her solo row across the Indian Ocean and becoming the first woman to row solo across the "big three": the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
Savage, 43, set off from Australia five months ago in her 23-foot rowboat. After rowing more than 4,000 miles, she arrived in Grand Baie, Mauritius, today.
In total, she has rowed about 15,000 miles and spent more than 500 days at sea. She completed the Atlantic row in 2005, and then went on … Read more
HTC is promising to plug a security hole in its Android phones that gives certain mobile apps access to a user's personal information.
Recently discovered by a trio of researchers, the vulnerability can expose e-mail addresses, network and GPS locations, phone numbers, SMS data, and system logs to apps that connect to the Internet. The flaw exists among HTC's portfolio of Android phones, including the Evo 3D, the Evo 4G, and the Thunderbolt, and has been traced to a logging tool that HTC recently installed during a software update.
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In a statement released today, HTC acknowledged the security hole in its software but tried to assuage its users about the impact."HTC takes claims related to the security of our products very seriously. In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers' data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application," the company said in its statement. "A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws. So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it by making sure all customers are aware of this potential vulnerability."
Nintendo has inked a content-partnership deal with DreamWorks Animation SKG and a couple other companies to bring more 3D video content to its 3DS.
According to the game company, DreamWorks will be offering two Halloween-themed animated shorts to the 3DS handheld game player. The first video, which is available for download to the portable starting today, features characters in the company's "Monsters vs. Aliens." The second short will feature the three little pigs from the "Shrek" franchise. That video, Nintendo says, will launch later this month.
Video has become a key ingredient in Nintendo's … Read more
Hewlett-Packard appears to have made the TouchPad available for sale a couple of times today--albeit, very briefly, according to a report. That would be the first time in more than a month that the tablet--liquidated back in August for $99--was offered for sale by HP.
The first instance happened this morning when the 32GB model was available for $249.99, according to a report at Precentral.net. And it went up again later in the day, Precentral said. In both instances it quickly became unavailable. Maybe more importantly, a number of commenters cited glitches when trying to purchase a TouchPad, … Read more
Google is taking aim at the cable industry by putting up $100 million to develop original content for dozens of new YouTube channels, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
YouTube hopes to roll out the new channels next year, according to the report, which cited unidentified people familiar with the matter. The Web giant is near deals or has already reached agreements with skateboarder Tony Hawk and media companies Warner Bros. and News Corp.'s ShineReveille, the company that produces "The Office" and "Ugly Betty." Other expected partners include FremantleMedia, BermanBraun, IAC's Electus, Everyday … Read more