John Paczkowski

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Ballmer to Yang: "Allow Me to Introduce You to Your New 52-Week Low"


Even after the relatively weak first-quarter showing Yahoo made yesterday, the Web’s perennial underachiever continues to claim Microsoft’s $31-per-share hostile offer “massively undervalues” it. And perhaps it does, just a wee bit. But then Yahoo’s shares were trading at just over $19 the day before Microsoft announced its bid for the company. Today they’re at $28.14.


And while Yahoo (YHOO) may have forgotten that, Microsoft (MSFT) certainly hasn’t. With the three-week deadline for Yahoo to accept its offer set to expire Saturday, Microsoft again called for Yahoo to come to the bargaining table. “We know what Yahoo’s worth,” CEO Ballmer said today at a Microsoft conference in Milan. “$44 billion is a lot of money. If Yahoo’s shareholders like it, that’s great. We are prepared to go forward without a merger with Yahoo. … Time is money, we’ve made that clear.”

Note that Ballmer doesn’t explicitly say Microsoft won’t raise its offer. But by suggesting the company is prepared to scrap the deal, he’s implicitly threatening to gut Yahoo’s stock price.

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