John Paczkowski

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Destruction of YHOO Shareholder Value Impressively Well Realized

Yahoo’s attempts to rally shareholders in advance of its annual meeting on Aug. 1 are going about as well as its attempts to rally its business. Which is to say, not well at all.

In a regulatory filing urging shareholders to vote for its incumbent board of directors at the upcoming annual meeting, Yahoo (YHOO)
characterized Microsoft’s (MSFT) position throughout the two companies’ acquisition talks as “unresponsive and inconsistent.”

Which is ironic, because the same can be said of Yahoo’s turnaround strategy and its share price as well. Yahoo’s shares were trading at $19.18 the day before Microsoft announced its $31-per-share bid for the company. Six months later they’re trading at $19.65, not 50 cents from where they started.

“We know what Yahoo’s worth,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said back in April. “$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.”

It certainly is.

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