John Paczkowski

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Nothing Like Changing Your Mindset to Change Your Reality, Eh Yahoo?

yahoogoogle.jpgDesperate times call for desperate measures. And lest there be any doubt that Yahoo’s (YHOO) exploratory search-outsourcing alliance with Google (GOOG) is just that, consider this: Yahoo opposed such a partnership on Jan. 30–the day before Microsoft (MSFT) announced its bid for the company.

According to documents unsealed yesterday as part of a shareholder complaint against Yahoo, the company’s leadership felt an outsourcing deal with Google would be detrimental to Yahoo’s long-term push to become a “must buy” for advertisers.

These documents, prepared for a Jan. 30 all-hands meeting, anticipated the question of whether Yahoo would consider outsourcing search to Google. “We are focused on long-term value creation rather than short-term gains,” Yahoo said in response, adding that such a deal “may not take into account the longer-term impact on the competitive market if search becomes an effective monopoly.”

Sadly, Yahoo forgot to add a very important caveat to this statement: “When you’re not facing a hostile buyout offer from Microsoft.” Because when you are, concerns about long-term value creation and harm to the competitive market apparently cease to be an issue.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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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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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