John Paczkowski

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Eh Speedy?

speedy-gonzales.jpgMicrosoft CFO Chris Liddell said last week that “speed is of the essence” in completing a deal to buy Yahoo.

So why is it taking the company so damn long to respond to Yahoo’s latest stonewalling of its advances? Three days have passed since the expiration of Microsoft’s deadline for Yahoo to accept its buyout offer or face a possible tender offer and proxy battle. And we’ve heard not word one from Microsoft (MSFT), which had–up until Saturday–lobbed threats at Yahoo (YHOO) nearly as often as it issues security bulletins for Windows.

Well, that may soon change. People close to Microsoft tell CNBC that the software giant is girding itself for a proxy fight. And CNBC, noting a sudden upward trend in Yahoo’s share price today, speculates that Microsoft may launch its opposition slate of directors as soon as tomorrow.

Or it may not. A source with knowledge of the situation tell BoomTown that Microsoft may make good on its threat to scrap the deal. “I would not have said this yesterday,” the source said. “But I would not be surprised if they walked away rather than waged war.”

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