Microsoft on Tuesday released its February 2008 security bulletin, which includes 11 bulletins, six of which are deemed "critical" by Microsoft, while five are deemed "important." One bulletin, suggested in the advance notice posted Thursday, failed to be released Tuesday. A majority of the "critical" patches affect Microsoft Office, two critical patches include users of Office for Mac 2004, one affects Visual Basic 6.
The "important" patches are mostly Internet services-related. One patch is specific to the Windows Vista update, however, all the Windows Vista-related updates will be included with Windows Vista … Read more
Yes, I know Yahoo rejected Microsoft's bid of $31 per share. But that's just standard negotiating strategy in the world of mergers and acquisitions.
Sure, Microsoft's offer - a 60% premium over the price of Yahoo's stock at the time - was designed, not only to get Yahoo's board's attention, but to back them into a corner. If no other suitors emerge - as I predicted in a prior post - it's an offer Yahoo's board can't refuse without risking shareholder litigation or revolt.
But that doesn't mean Microsoft didn't leave itself any wiggle room, and Yahoo's board knows that. They also know that this is Microsoft's big chance, perhaps its only chance, to jump to number 2 in internet search and advertising and challenge Google. That means Yahoo has some negotiating power.… Read more
So that's why Bill Gates hasn't accepted my friend request.
I was beginning to wonder why he hadn't added me to his list of Facebook friends. Well, apparently I wasn't the only person that was trying to add him to their list of pals.
According to the British tabloid The Sun, Gates was getting some 8,000 requests per day. While he once spent half an hour per day on the site, he has stopped using it altogether, the paper reported.
So I guess I shouldn't feel so bad.
According to a Wall Street Journal … Read more
While Microsoft and Yahoo do the M&A dance, a big question lingers: which parts of Yahoo would survive if the deal were to go through?
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has said if his company's proposed acquisition of Yahoo goes through, the Yahoo consumer brand would live on, which could be the death knell for MSN. Microsoft has said Windows Live and Office Live brands will likely stay, but Windows Live could be winnowed down.
The brands have different strengths in different regions. While they jockey for second place to Google in the U.S. market, Yahoo … Read more
Updated at 11 a.m. PST with Microsoft comments and more background on Danger.
Microsoft apparently is serious about the consumer cell phone business.
The software giant said Monday that it's acquiring Danger, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of the T-Mobile Sidekick for an undisclosed amount.
"The addition of Danger serves as a perfect complement to our existing software and services, and also strengthens our dedication to improving mobile experiences centered around individuals and what they like," Microsoft entertainment unit President Robbie Bach said in a statement.
Danger's Sidekick brings many of the same abilities … Read more
Hank Nothhaft has pretty much the same approach as a CEO that he does as a thoroughbred owner--try to guide the race horse to the winner's circle.
Nothhaft, who has been running Danger since 2002, has known for some time that the company needed more resources to fulfill its potential.
For months, the company has been talking to Microsoft about strategic possibilities. At the same time, Danger had also filed an initial public offering to stay independent and raise money.
Ultimately, though, Nothhaft decided that the company really needed to be part of a bigger stable. Hence, Monday's … Read more
The day The 404 went insane. Today's show with guest David Carnoy gets out of hand real fast. First we talk about the Grammy's--specifically Amy Winehouse and Kayne West. Then, after the break, all hell breaks loose. Enjoy this rare episode while you can, because something like this probably won't happen again.
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The following is an e-mail Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang sent to his staff Monday morning regarding the company's rejection of Microsoft's acquisition bid. It's been edited for readability only. (Uppercase letters, for example, were added.)
February 11, 2008 Subject: Our board's decision
As you'll see from the news release we issued today, our board of directors has reviewed Microsoft's unsolicited proposal with Yahoo's management, financial, and legal advisers. After a careful evaluation, the board has unanimously concluded that the proposal is not in the best interests of Yahoo and our stockholders.
Of … Read more