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Ballmer to Yahoo: You Will Be Assimilated

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Turns out BoomTown was right: Microsoft (MSFT) did pooh-pooh Yahoo’s (YHOO) first quarter performance. And it did it before the company even posted earnings.

In remarks today at the launch of Microsoft’s Web portal for North Africa, MSN Maghreb, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Yahoo’s first-quarter performance has no bearing on its value to Microsoft. “We think we can accelerate our strategy by buying Yahoo and will pay what makes sense for our shareholders,” Ballmer said. “I wish Yahoo all the success with its results, but it doesn’t affect the value of Yahoo to Microsoft.”

Of course, the real question is does it affect the value of Microsoft’s $31-a-share offer for Yahoo, an offer that some observers say Redmond will be forced to raise if it ever wants to acquire the company.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work