John Paczkowski

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The YHOO-MSFT Crap Shoot

547702043_hqzhz-thOn stage at our All Things Digital conference last month, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz said that a search deal with Microsoft (MSFT) would require “boatload of money,” and an outright acquisition even more. It doesn’t require a great feat of augury to see that an agreement between the two–at least at this time–isn’t that likely, as a number of analysts have recently noted. “In our view, the likelihood of a Microsoft-Yahoo search deal has gone down materially in recent weeks,” Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal wrote in a research note to clients today. “The Bid/Ask spread for the deal remains the single biggest hurdle followed by some disagreement on operational aspects/deal structure, in our view. We believe that a Microsoft-Yahoo search deal can happen but we are reducing the probability from 80%+ to 50%, and with the lowered probability, we restrain ourselves in terms of assigning any timeline.”

So, a 50-50 chance for a deal. Sounds about right, with Carol Bartz the wild card that could swing the odds as quickly and easily as she drops the F-bomb and with Microsoft as the desperate gambler looking to win back the deed to the search market it lost. Said Citi’s Mark S. Mahaney, “Although we view the likelihood of a major transaction as unlikely near-term, we continue to view Yahoo as the only logical long-term acquisition target for any company seeking scale in Internet advertising.”


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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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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