• Carl Icahn, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Mircosoft Can’t Compete Without Yahoo, Carl Icahn Says

    Carl Icahn said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp needs Yahoo to be competitive with Google over the next five years. “They can’t compete” if the company doesn’t acquire Yahoo, he said at the annual New York Financial Writers Association Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Icahn cited Google’s incursions into core Microsoft businesses […]

    / Jun 11, 2008 at 8:49 AM
  • Carl Icahn, Jerry Yang, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Icahn Wants Yang’s Head On A Platter

    Carl Icahn said today that he will seek to oust Jerry Yang as Yahoo’s CEO if he wins his proxy fight bid to control the company’s board. Was this every in doubt? What seems to have really annoyed Icahn is information released when a Delaware judge unsealed a shareholder suit against Yahoo. The unsealed pleadings […]

    / Jun 3, 2008 at 3:12 PM
  • Bill Miller, Buyouts, Legg Mason, Microsoft, Proxy Fight, Yahoo

    Miller Backs Microsoft Buyout Of Yahoo

    Bill Miller, the Legg Mason fund manager who controls 5.4 percent of Yahoo, wants to see Microsoft buy the company. Halfway measures–such as a joint venture –don’t interest him. That would seem to put him squarely in Icahn’s camp. But Miller’s still being coy, saying he’s undecided on how he’ll vote in the proxy fight. […]

    / May 22, 2008 at 4:49 PM
  • Microsoft

    Hard Boiled Ballmer Endures Egg Raid

    OMG. You guys! Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer totally had to scramble (heh) for cover when a protester wearing a shirt reading “Microsoft = corruption” started hurling eggs at him. Video after the jump. (We meant to post this yesterday but got distracted by the big fight about women on Wall Street. An intern has been […]

    / May 22, 2008 at 10:19 AM
  • Buyouts, Carl Icahn, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Microsoft Still Says It Doesn’t Want To Buy Yahoo Anymore

    So Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer says the company is not looking to buy Yahoo. They’re talking about other stuff that might “create value” or some such. It’s pretty much what we learned on Sunday, when Microsoft and Yahoo disclosed that they were in negotiations. Is a buyout really off the table? The market doesn’t […]

    / May 21, 2008 at 4:30 PM
  • Carl Icahn, Dan Loeb, Microsoft, Third Point, Yahoo

    Dan Loeb’s Third Point Joins Carl Ichan’s Team In Yahoo Fight

    Third Point LLC, the $5.7 billion hedge fund run by acid penned yoga enthusiast Dan Loeb, is getting into the Yahoo acquisition trade, Reuter’s great Dane Hamilton is reporting. The fund has accumulated a stake of over 5 million shares, and may build a 10 million share stake. At the end of March, Third Point […]

    / May 20, 2008 at 2:42 PM
  • Carl Icahn, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Sorkin Versus The Shareholder Superman
    ARS-ED: Andrew Ross Sorkin Educates DealBreaker

    ARS-ED is a new weekly feature on what we’re learning from Andrew Ross Sorkin’s weekly column, DealBook, in the New York Times. It was about a year and a half ago when we first saw New York Times hotshot Andrew Ross Sorkin in the same room as Carl Icahn. They were on a panel together […]

    / May 20, 2008 at 1:54 PM
  • Carl Icahn, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Could Microsoft’s New Yahoo Plan Backfire?
    Icahn Friend Says Financier Could Push For Google Deal

    Carl Icahn apparently isn’t happy with the latest talks between Microsoft and Yahoo, and it looks like the financier is using proxies to threaten to push Yahoo into Google’s arms. Dane Hamilton at Reuters is reporting that Icahn, who holds 9 million shares and options for 49 million more, could attempt to scuttle a deal […]

    / May 19, 2008 at 12:50 PM
  • FaceBook, Microsoft, Yahoo

    The Latest Microsoft-Yahoo Rumor: Now It’s Facebook

    There was lots of chatter this morning about the possibility that Microsoft is negotiating to buy Yahoo‘s search business. But the latest rumor is sure to set the internet ablaze with speculation–people are saying that after inking the deal with Yahoo, Microsoft will turn around and buy internet favorite Facebook. “What a move this makes. […]

    / May 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM
  • legal, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Yahoo’s Google Hug Defense: Is That Legal?

    The key to Yahoo! chief Jerry Yang’s apparently successful attempt to avoid being Microserfed was the threat to enter into a partnership with Google. Under the proposal, Yahoo! would outsource to Google important paid search terms, a move that struck many as all but admitting that Yahoo was incompetent at monetizing search terms and that […]

    / May 5, 2008 at 10:23 AM
  • FaceBook, Microsoft

    Microsoft Chief Mercifully Puts The Kibosh On Facebook Deal

    Because he’s a genius—or maybe just one of the few remaining people not seduced by the idea of a site that refuses to put a cap on the amount of useless crap “applications” it will offer, none of which does anything to better facilitate the stalking/slaying of potential prey—Steve Ballmer said that he regards individual […]

    / Oct 3, 2007 at 11:57 AM
  • Microsoft, Yahoo

    Sign Of Boredom – Yacrosoft Speculation Resumes

    Bear Stearns, trying to deflect attention from its own woes, re-sparked Yacrosoft speculation, after it was re-sparked last May. Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck wrote in a letter to clients that he thinks Microsoft “continues to evaluate Yahoo as a target,” and that a potential bid could fetch a $50 per share price tag – […]

    / Sep 4, 2007 at 4:17 PM
  • Apple, Microsoft

    No Office For You! Come Back, One Year.

    Due to “quality issues,” Microsoft won’t release Office 2007 on Macs until 2008, instead of the second half of 2007 as originally promised. By quality issues Microsoft means issues with Mac’s growing market share and continued attempts to try and jumpstart Vista sales. That, or it’s displaced anger over entering the portable music market and […]

    / Aug 2, 2007 at 9:55 AM
  • Microsoft, Tech

    Poor Wand’ring One

    Tech mentor to the stars (of Silicon Valley) Jim Gray is still missing after drifting off in late January to release his mother’s ashes on the Farallon Islands 27-miles off the San Francisco coastline. The latest issue of Wired takes us inside the man, the myth, and not so much the model of a modern […]

    / Jul 26, 2007 at 3:00 PM
  • Bancroft, Business Media, CNBC, Companies, Dow Jones, Financial Times, General Electric, M&A, Microsoft, News Corp, Newspapers, Rupert Murdoch

    Pearson Mulls Offer For Dow Jones
    But The Journal’s Newsroom Isn’t Crazy About This So-Called ‘White Knight’

    Although Pearson PLC is being called a possible ‘white knight’ bidder for Dow Jones & Co, many in the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal are not enthusiastic about being bought by the publisher of the Financial Times. Reporters at the Wall Street Journal, many of whom regard the Financial Times as an inferior paper […]

    / Jun 18, 2007 at 12:43 PM
  • Apple, Microsoft

    Is Microsoft about to be mauled by a Safari animal (not a Leopard)?

    Steve Jobs announced yesterday that Apple is going to release a new version of its Safari web browser that runs on Windows. The free downloadable test Windows version of Safari on Apple’s website is still laden with glitches, according to initial Wall Street Journal reports. Safari commands 5% of the web browser market, lagging well […]

    / Jun 12, 2007 at 11:07 AM
  • Bancroft, Companies, Dow Jones, Microsoft, News Corp, Newspapers, Wall Street Journal

    Murdoch Meter Reaches 85%: Microsoft Balks At Bidding For Dow Jones

    We touched on this story in Opening Bell so we won’t spill too many pixels on it now. Suffice to say, we’d all heard that General Electric was looking for a partner to buy Dow Jones and defend its CNBC property against the challenge of a Fox Business Network-Wall Street Journal combination. But we didn’t […]

    / Jun 11, 2007 at 2:55 PM
  • Google, Microsoft

    Microsoft vs. Google – which is the bigger peeping Tom?

    Google, the company that’s trying to catalog every word that’s ever been bound, reads your email to provide advertisements and doesn’t have a problem with displaying the street-level view picture of 44th and 8th just as you were walking into Peep World to ask directions (what are the odds!) on its site, draws the line […]

    / Jun 11, 2007 at 9:58 AM
  • Companies, M&A, Microsoft

    Microsoft Pays More Than A 100% Premium For aQuantive

    Officially it’s being called an 85% premium from where the stock traded yesterday. But since aQuantive’s shares were trading below $30 a few short months ago—before Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick started a frenzy of speculation about who Microsoft might acquire to get into the internet advertising business—it might be fair to say that the premium […]

    / May 18, 2007 at 11:13 AM
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Microsoft, Yahoo

    Yacrosoft revisited

    Microsoft and Yahoo, seen hanging out at Bungalow 8 several times last year (according to the New York Post), are rumored to be in merger talks once again. Spurred by a love of Latin sounding next-gen technological platforms (Vista for Microsoft, Panama for Yahoo), missed or failed acquisition opportunities (mainly by Yahoo with DoubleClick and […]

    / May 4, 2007 at 8:30 AM
  • Microsoft

    Who let the dogs out at Microsoft?

    Take the fairly simple premise that you aren’t allowed to put pictures of canines in your workplace because Bill Gates had nights terrors after watching Cujo, add Valleywag, and you get CONTROVERSY. Valleywag heard from a friend who heard from another friend that you aren’t allowed to put pictures of dogs in your workstation at […]

    / Apr 30, 2007 at 4:25 PM
  • Companies, Microsoft, Warren Buffett

    Bill and Warren At Hooters

    Apparently this is a very old story but it’s one that’s news to us: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates eat free at Hooters for life. Last October, the story goes, Warren and Bill had the excellent adventure of hanging out with Berkshire Hathaway’s board of directors at Hooters. As far as we can tell, this […]

    / Apr 9, 2007 at 1:35 PM
  • Amaranth, Companies, Hedge Funds, LTCM, Microsoft, Warren Buffett

    How Bill Gates Made Long Term Capital Management’s Meltdown Worse

    We can’t believe that this is the first time we’ve ever heard this story. The basics are known to everyone. Long Term Capital Management, the now infamous hedge fund started by the real-life characters from Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker, collapsed dramatically in a very short period of time when bond spreads moved in an unlikely […]

    / Apr 4, 2007 at 2:15 PM
  • Apple, Microsoft, Steve Jobs

    Information Arbitrage: Let Me Tell You Why Bill Gates and Vista Suck

    Roger Ehrenberg has an exhaustive (and exhausting to read, because we don’t function before 8 am, though job constraints dictate otherwise) analysis on the debut of the Vista and, moreover, the Bill Gates-Steve Jobs celebrity death match ’07. Seems, in spite of questionable business ethics, Mock Turtleneck is beating Four-Eyes by a landslide. Why? Because […]

    / Feb 6, 2007 at 9:00 AM
  • Analysts, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft

    Or maybe analysts and stocks are like people and their pets

    The announcement came today that veteran tech analyst “Rick Sherlund” would soon leave Goldman Sachs. The official story is that “Sherlund”started covering Microsoft when it went public thirty years ago. Whatever. That moustache isn’t fooling everyone. Very clearly, Sherland is the same person as Bill Gates. Tech Analyst Sherlund Plans Walk on the Buy Side […]

    / Nov 6, 2006 at 11:34 AM
  • Microsoft

    The Zune As A Window Into Redmond

    We hate our Ipod. Its always broken. No matter how new it is. We’re pretty sure one day we’ll lose all our music because we can’t be bothered to properly back up all 9,000 songs we carry on our hard-drive. Despite all this, somehow we’ve bought at least five of them. Everyone we know has […]

    / Sep 15, 2006 at 10:07 AM
  • Microsoft

    Ballmer Deputy Out At Microsoft

    Martin Taylor, a top marketing aide to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has been fired abruptly left the company. Microsoft was notably tight-lipped about Taylor’s departure, which had the effect of opening the door to widespread speculation about what might have gone on behind the scenes. Blogger ArsTechnica, for instance, speculates that Ray Ozzie, who is […]

    / Jun 21, 2006 at 9:25 AM
  • Microsoft

    What Bill Gates Learned From Warren Buffett

    Bill Gates isn’t dead, but people are already sharing their favorite Gates stories as if it were a wake. Rich Karlsgaard today offers this: So here’s my favorite story, and maybe it tells us why the rich are different. On the 11pm shuttle from Boston’s Logan to New York’s La Guardia, Gates sat in 27D. […]

    / Jun 16, 2006 at 12:48 PM

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