Yahoo has been contacted by investment firm Silver Lake Partners about a potential acquisition bid, the Wall Street Journal is reporting, citing anonymous sources.
According to the Journal, executives from Silver Lake are currently lining up a deal for Yahoo, though the companies have yet to actually meet and discuss the planned proposal. In a separate report from Bloomberg last night, the publication, citing sources, reported that Silver Lake's plan involves liquidating Yahoo's Asian assets, and then focusing on the firm's core business elsewhere around the world in the hopes of potentially finding a new buyer.
We now know that Americans blow billions of minutes each month on Facebook. It's no wonder folks get in a tizzy when a new feature rolls out.
This week has been a particularly busy one when it comes to Facebook-related improvements. Which of these shiny new features are you most enamored by?
Subscribe option: The subscribe button makes it easier to get just the information you want. Click on it and get updates from that profile in your news feed. This will even work for public updates from some profiles that you're not directly friends with.
Smart Lists: Smart Lists will automatically shuffle your gazillions of friends into groups related to school, work, city, and family. You can then make manual adjustments.
Skype adds Facebook for Mac: Mac users finally get the full Skype-loves-Facebook treatment that Windows users had already been enjoying. The Skype 5.4 for Mac beta lets you message friends, update your status, and read posts from within the program.
Less frequent e-mail alerts: Facebook e-mailed some users telling them to start expecting fewer e-mail notifications from the company. If you prefer to keep your e-mail alerts just the way they are, however, you can turn this new feature off.
Take a moment from updating your status to let us know what floats your social-networking boat. Which new Facebook feature are you most excited about? Vote in our poll and be sure to elaborate in the comments section.… Read more
In an effort to keep up with changing technology, the FTC is proposing changes to online privacy rules that give parents control over the type of information that Web sites can collect from kids under 13.
The proposed amendments are an update to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which became effective in 2000. The possible revisions focus on five areas, including parental notice, the definition of personal information, and the confidentiality and security of children's personal information.
One notable change would be updating the definition of personal information to include geolocation information, as well as other kinds … Read more
Google is working on a social-news magazine that will be accessible on the iPad and Android devices, according to reports.
"Mind-blowing good," is how digital pundit and blogger Robert Scoble said a source of his described it in a post late on Wednesday on Google+.
Google representatives did not respond to a CNET request for comment. However, AllThingsD confirmed the news from several sources and reported this evening that Propeller is the name of Google's attempt at making a "Flipboard killer."
The news comes at a time when the social-publishing arena is heating up, with … Read more
The Google+ team today announced the launch of its public data APIs. These APIs allow you to retrieve the public profile information and public posts of Google+ users in order to share content, profiles, and conversations across applications.
The news is significant. As part of the evolution of any modern Web property--especially those geared toward the social sharing of information, an API (application programming interface) is key to adoption.
"Google+ gives users full control over their information, supporting everything from intimate conversations with family to public showcases and debates," the company said in a statement. "This initial … Read more
For every 19 tablets that Apple shipped during its last quarter, RIM may have shipped only one.
Tapping into the estimates of several analysts, Bloomberg says that RIM likely shipped about 490,000 PlayBooks during its fiscal second quarter, which ended August 31. That contrasts with a total of 9.25 million iPads that Apple shipped during its fiscal third quarter, which ended June 25.
As a result of sluggish demand for the PlayBook, analysts on average have trimmed their full-year forecast for RIM's tablet shipments, according to Bloomberg.
Amazon's daily-deals service, AmazonLocal, will soon be arriving on the discounted Kindle and Kindle 3G with "Special Offers," the online retail giant announced today.
AmazonLocal was first introduced in June. Like Groupon, LivingSocial, and others, the service provides daily offers to subscribers. However, unlike its chief competitors, Amazon hasn't hired a full-fledged sales team to handle the service. Instead, it has inked deals with other companies, including LivingSocial, to deliver its deals to users.
AmazonLocal is available in a host of cities around the U.S., but it has a long way to go to catch … Read more
Investors are fleeing Netflix's stock and many subscribers have turned their backs on the Web's No. 1 video-rental service.
A combination of skimpy selection in Netflix's Internet-streaming library, problems acquiring content, and an unpopular price increase have led the company's leadership to what appears to be a crucial moment. Observers are beginning to wonder if Netflix's stunning growth of the past two years is coming to an end.
Netflix said today that it expects to report 1 million fewer U.S. subscribers in the third quarter than previously anticipated, a 4 percent shortfall. That number includes almost 800,000 fewer DVD-only subscribers than expected.
If you're one of those who cancelled a subscription hoping it would send a message to company managers, well, they got it and so did Wall Street. Netflix's stock closed trading today at $169.25 a share, down $39.46 or 18.9 percent.
Today's revised expectations raise important questions about the company. Netflix is supposed to have near perfect customer data and is supposed to be better than competitors at gauging customer tastes and trends. So, how could it set up Wall Street for disappointment by being overly optimistic about reaction to the price increase?
And with fewer subscribers and less subscription revenue coming in, will that hurt Netflix's ability to acquire content, which already appears to be flagging? … Read more
Skype users on a Mac can now dive into their Facebook accounts courtesy of the same updates that the Windows version has offered for awhile.
The latest beta for the Mac--Skype 5.4 for Mac--integrates Facebook directly into the Skype software. This means that Mac users can IM their Facebook friends without leaving Skype. They can also access their Facebook pages to update their status and read and comment on their friends' posts.