Live by the Web, die by the Web - we look at what the blogosphere is saying
about Microsoft's $44.6BN offer. Among blogs mentioned are those by David
Kirkpatrick, Mark Cuban, Patty Seybold, Mark Anderson, Jon Fortt, and Marc
David Kirkpatrick (Fortune):
"Wonderful as Google is, the world and the entire Internet and media industry
needs for its power to be countered and, if possible, matched. Without
genuine competition everybody loses. That's what drives innovation. Even
Google may benefit because if its share of search and online traffic grew
much larger regulators would almost certainly begin to find ways of
Jay Greene (BusinessWeek):"Microsoft expects to reap $1 billion in operating
efficiencies by combining the 14,000-person Yahoo with the 80,000-employee
Microsoft. Looks great on paper. The reality, though, may be something else
HP CEO Mark Hurd has joined the board of directors at Rupert Murdoch's News
Corp. media conglomerate, which should give him a nice view of any possible
Microsoft-avoiding tie-up between News Corp. and Yahoo considering HP's
printer chief Vyomesh Joshi sits on Yahoo's board. Reuters notes that Hurd
will get to see a bit of Tom Perkins now. He's the VC who used to be on HP's
board and let the cat out of the bag about its spying caper. Reuters was told
Perkins suggested Hurd to Murdoch. Ironically Hurd will serve on the
corporate governance committee. Speaking of pretexting, HP just... (more)
SYS-CON announced today that "Cloud Expo, Inc." has spun out of SYS-CON
Events, Inc. as a startup events management company which produces and
presents Cloud Expo (TM) events worldwide.
Cloud Expo, Inc. launched Cloud Expo (TM) events in 2007, and currently
producing Cloud Expo East, Cloud Expo West, Cloud Expo Europe, Cloud Expo
Tokyo, Cloud Expo Prague, Cloud Expo Hong Kong, and Cloud Expo Sao Paolo. All
Cloud Expo marks and trademarks are registered trademarks of Cloud Expo, Inc.
Carmen Gonzalez was named CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen served as the
co-founder, pr... (more)
Talks between Yahoo and Microsoft have failed for the second time.
Yahoo said Thursday afternoon that Microsoft has refused to buy Yahoo for $33
a share, the price Microsoft offered May 3 and then pulled off the table when
Yahoo’s co-founders held out for $37. Microsoft refusal makes its
“strategic clarity” suspect.
Yahoo, in turn, refused to sell Microsoft just its search business, which
Microsoft was willing to buy. No terms were disclosed but Microsoft claims
Yahoo could have made a kiling.
With nothing left to talk about, all negotiations are off, Yahoo said,... (more)
"Advertising on Google.com is contextual, requires no personally identifiable
information, is not provided by a third-party, and does not collect any
information in addition to the basic information collected to provide search
results," asserted Google's Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs,
Alan Davidson, in a letter sent August 8, 2008, to the Congressional
Committee on Energy and Commerce.
The Committee had asked Google, along with AOL, Microsoft, and a number of
other companies, to clarify its custum and practice on personally
identifiable information (PPI).
SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global cloud computing
technology provider 3Tera named "Silver Sponsor" of the upcoming Cloud
Computing Conference & Expo, (www.cloudcomputingexpo.com) which will take
place November 19-21, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of Silicon
Valley, in San Jose, California.
3Tera is innovator of cloud and utility computing services simplifying the
deployment and scaling of Web applications.3Tera's AppLogic grid OS enables
true utility computing services to remove the cost and complexity associated
with infrastructure, scaling and on... (more)