John Paczkowski

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When Jerry Yang said Yahoo’s (YHOO) board was “continuously evaluating all of the company’s strategic options,” he wasn’t kidding. On Wednesday afternoon, Yahoo announced a two-week trial advertising partnership with Google (GOOG), an alliance that – should it blossom – could herald Yahoo’s concession of search advertising to Google and perhaps a postponement of the seemingly inevitable sale to Microsoft (but nothing more). Then, just a few hours later, The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo is nearing a deal to combine its Internet operations with Time Warner’s AOL. The deal would see Yahoo acquire AOL in exchange for the media conglomerate taking 20% stake in the resulting monstrosity. Yahoo will no doubt spin such a combination as one that would bolster its domestic market position. But rather than a synergistic powerhouse, a merger of these companies is more like two louts coming together to make one cretin. Not exactly a proven formula considering recent history. AOL+Compuserve = FAIL. AOL+Netscape = FAIL. AOL+Time Warner = FAIL. AOL+Yahoo? Good luck pitching that one to your shareholders, Jerry. Especially if Microsoft manages to convince News Corp (NWS) to mount a joint, and presumably sweetened, bid for Yahoo.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik