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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 Andreessen. 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 restraining it." 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 en... (more)

Hurd Joins Murdoch's Board with a Nice View of Yahoo! from Both Sides

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)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Names Carmen Gonzalez CEO

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. worldwide. Carmen Gonzalez was named CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen served as the co-founder, pr... (more)

No Deal!

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 Requires No Personally Identifiable Information (PII), States Executive

"Advertising on 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). Goog... (more)

3Tera Named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global cloud computing technology provider 3Tera named "Silver Sponsor" of the upcoming Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, ( 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)