Yahoo Outlines Why It’s Worth More Than MSFT Is Paying

When I saw Sue and Jerry at the IAB last month, I wanted them to declare a plan – show us why Yahoo deserves to be independent, yell it to the rafters, get us excited again. After all, there's an awful lot to crow about at Yahoo. But they…

When I saw Sue and Jerry at the IAB last month, I wanted them to declare a plan – show us why Yahoo deserves to be independent, yell it to the rafters, get us excited again. After all, there’s an awful lot to crow about at Yahoo. But they didn’t. Now, the company has declared its plan, to Wall St. at least.

The plan, which the company claims pre-dates the Microsoft offer, details how the company will grow over the next three years. Presumably, it also shows how the company will grow into a stock price that is higher than Microsoft’s offer. Here is a link to that plan.

Yahoo Plan

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The Great Firewall, Again

This issue is not going away, and the Olympics will only heighten it…from ars: China has joined the ranks of countries that have instituted either temporary or permanent blocks on YouTube. The decision came as clips of the recent riots in Tibet—a "sensitive" topic in China—have made their way…

This issue is not going away, and the Olympics will only heighten it…from ars:

China has joined the ranks of countries that have instituted either temporary or permanent blocks on YouTube. The decision came as clips of the recent riots in Tibet—a “sensitive” topic in China—have made their way onto the popular video sharing site. As usual, the Chinese government has remained mum on the move to block content from the eyes of Internet users, so it’s unclear whether this block will remain in effect for the long term or if it’s merely a short-term solution.

YouTube isn’t the only site that has reportedly been added to China’s Great Firewall since the Tibetan riots started last week. Popular news sites reporting on the riots—such as CNN, The Guardian, the BBC, Google News, and Yahoo!—have allegedly had all or parts of their sites blocked. Some Chinese readers have reported that only specific articles have been blocked, including ones that contain keywords about Tibet, riots, or the Dalai Lama.

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Eric on MicroHoo: It Could Hurt, Doc!

I don't think so. I think the folks at Google are pleased as punch that these two are wrangling and might merge. (story)…

I don’t think so. I think the folks at Google are pleased as punch that these two are wrangling and might merge. (story)

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What’s This Fascination with Ad Networks? (Or, the Online Media Business Will Be About Brands First, Technology Second)

Back a year ago, I wrote a three part series on the future of the media business. It began as an attempt to think out loud about a topic with which I had become obsessed, and it ended up becoming a manifesto of sorts about conversational media and marketing….

Rc ColaBack a year ago, I wrote a three part series on the future of the media business. It began as an attempt to think out loud about a topic with which I had become obsessed, and it ended up becoming a manifesto of sorts about conversational media and marketing.

As you may recall, I started that last set of posts with the observation that major media companies – Time Warner, NewsCorp, CBS – had all fired or parted ways with the long time managers of their digital assets, opting instead for insiders or traditional media folks with whom they were more comfortable. Out were pioneers like Larry Kramer, Jon Miller, and Ross Levinsohn. In were people with whom the bosses were more comfortable – folks who, in the main, came from television advertising sales backgrounds, the very medium that built those selfsame major media companies. Not surprising – in fact, it kind of made sense. After all, brand marketers were starting to talk about moving serious dollars to the web (following their customers, who had already moved). Best to have folks in charge who have great relationships with brand advertisers, right?

Well, a sequel of sorts is brewing. And this time, the main characters aren’t the major media conglomerates, they’re the majors of the online world (minus Google – more on that in a second). They are the RC Colas, the Tabs, and the Pepsis to Google’s mighty Coke: AOL, Microsoft/MSN, and Yahoo.

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Web 2 Expo Early Reg Discount

Hey gang, if you plan on being at the Web 2 Expo in SF next month, best sign up asap. My partners reminded me over the weekend that the early registration discount expires at the end of the week. Head here to get the discount. The Expo is a…

Web 2 Expo

Hey gang, if you plan on being at the Web 2 Expo in SF next month, best sign up asap. My partners reminded me over the weekend that the early registration discount expires at the end of the week. Head here to get the discount. The Expo is a big event, last year there were around 10,000 folks and tons of exhibitors. I interviewed Eric Schmidt onstage, and this year I’m going to be doing the same with Marc Andreessen. Should be fun! More on keynotes and schedules….

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Right On, House Dems

Immunity for the telcos is taken off the table, for now. It's my guess that the backwards immunity for telcos pushed for by the Bush Administration is far less about protecting the telcos, and far more about making sure that court cases don't end up revealing the really dark…

Immunity for the telcos is taken off the table, for now. It’s my guess that the backwards immunity for telcos pushed for by the Bush Administration is far less about protecting the telcos, and far more about making sure that court cases don’t end up revealing the really dark shit that our goverment has been doing.

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AOL Acquires Bebo

Anyone else sense, that given two major senior execs in charge of ad strategy have left (and they just "cleaned house" there), that this was not an, er, unanimous decision around AOL Land?…

Anyone else sense, that given two major senior execs in charge of ad strategy have left (and they just “cleaned house” there), that this was not an, er, unanimous decision around AOL Land?

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Hulu Is Up

One of my favorite parts of Hulu is that it's halfway to the video grammar in which I hope our culture gets to participate. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine the ability to take bits and pieces of video content and mash it up to create new…

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One of my favorite parts of Hulu is that it’s halfway to the video grammar in which I hope our culture gets to participate. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine the ability to take bits and pieces of video content and mash it up to create new stuff. How cool would that be?

It starts with the ability to share discrete portions of content. With Hulu, we can do that. Check out this bit of The Office. I selected the scene at pretty much random, but it shows how discrete units can be shared:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/5wxxSMNLXPxMi6RnYpkjqw

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Open to A Deal

It's all happening! Just, a bit late. From my predictions: 1. (a) If Microsoft does not buy AOL, Yahoo will, and failing that, AOL will go public, but the IPO will receive a lukewarm review….

It’s all happening! Just, a bit late. From my predictions:

1. (a) If Microsoft does not buy AOL, Yahoo will, and failing that, AOL will go public, but the IPO will receive a lukewarm review.

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