O’Hairy

Remember when I ranted about O Hare airport? Well, at 5.15 this morning, a lovely time to be in a car on my way to SFO, I was informed that my flight was summarily cancelled. The weather, in a word, blows. So I am not in Chicago, seeing clients….

Remember when I ranted about O Hare airport? Well, at 5.15 this morning, a lovely time to be in a car on my way to SFO, I was informed that my flight was summarily cancelled.

The weather, in a word, blows. So I am not in Chicago, seeing clients. I’m at home, wondering if I can get to Chicago at all…posting should be heavier than I thought!

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Yahoo: Take the Data

The WSJ is reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt reached out to Yahoo's Yang: Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo Inc. CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to thwart Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, say people familiar with the…

The WSJ is reporting that Google CEO Eric Schmidt reached out to Yahoo’s Yang:

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo Inc. CEO Jerry Yang to offer his company’s help in any effort to thwart Microsoft Corp.’s unsolicited $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo, say people familiar with the matter.



This help would come, of course, in the form of Yahoo being assimilated into the great Google paid search machine. This would make both Yahoo and Google tons of money, to be sure. But Yang already decided against this late last year:

Yahoo executives had considered such a maneuver as part of a strategic review last year, according to people familiar with the matter, but Mr. Yang in October had signaled that it had decided against it.

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And Microsoft Says You Must Be Kidding, Google

Punch, counterpunch. Someone tell the chief counsels to shut the f. up. More than three quarters of this Microsoft response is legalese. Please….

Punch, counterpunch. Someone tell the chief counsels to shut the f. up. More than three quarters of this Microsoft response is legalese. Please.

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Google Slams Microsoft

In a blog post that will be its only response, according to an email I was sent, Google fires pretty much everything it has at the Microsoft/Yahoo deal. … Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did…

In a blog post that will be its only response, according to an email I was sent, Google fires pretty much everything it has at the Microsoft/Yahoo deal.

Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and

illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC? While the

Internet rewards competitive innovation, Microsoft has frequently sought to

establish proprietary monopolies — and then leverage its dominance into

new, adjacent markets.

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The Other Shoe Drops On Yahoo

It's become an old saw – Microsoft will bid for Yahoo, because neither company can figure out how to crack the Google code. Now that it's happened, will it … happen? (PS, did you catch the reference to the project here?) My previous coverage of this includes a prediction…

It’s become an old saw – Microsoft will bid for Yahoo, because neither company can figure out how to crack the Google code. Now that it’s happened, will it … happen?

(PS, did you catch the reference to the project here?)

My previous coverage of this includes a prediction it’d happen in 2007 (nice timing), and a modest proposal the two companies join their search efforts. Here’s my interview with Steve Ballmer at Web 2 last year, where this topic certainly comes up.

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