John Paczkowski

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Microsoft to Yahoo: Mind if I Gore Your Bull?

“Microsoft’s hostile bid for Yahoo raises troubling questions,” Google chief legal officer David Drummond wrote back in February.

Troubling indeed. Almost as troubling as the questions raised by Google’s (GOOG) partnership with Yahoo (YHOO), as Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Platforms and Services Division, pointed out during a panel discussion at the Cannes Debate today. Commenting on a Yahoo exec’s description of the deal as a “win-win,” Johnson had this to say:

If win is consolidating around 90% of the paid search with Google, you can say, OK, Google would do that as a win. I don’t think that from an industry perspective that supports having choices and having a number of strong players in the advertising business.”

And who better than Microsoft to point this out, given the company’s monopolistic past?


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