John Paczkowski

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Just When I Thought I Was Out, Icahn Pulls Me Back In …

outback-in.jpgCarl Icahn and Yahoo. Could it be any more perfect? Icahn specializes in shaking up companies suffering from critical failures in oversight and leadership. Yahoo (YHOO) is the very definition of that. So it’s no surprise to hear that the billionaire investor has amassed roughly 50 million Yahoo shares in anticipation of a proxy fight to nominate new directors at the company’s annual meeting this summer.

If there’s anyone that can strong-arm Yahoo back into merger negotiations, it’s Icahn. He has forced a number of companies to face unpleasant realities that they would have otherwise preferred to avoid. That said, the unpleasant reality in this particular case is no longer on the table. But it may not yet have walked so far away that it can’t be dragged back to it.

Said S&P Internet analyst Scott Kessler: “If I were an activist, the first call I’d make would be to Microsoft (MSFT) and make sure that offer of $33 would still be available.” Best make that call soon too. The deadline for nominating new Yahoo directors is Thursday.

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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