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Microsoft/Yahoo: Let’s try this again?

Been a while since there’s been much news on the possible Microsoft/Yahoo! acquisition. This time however, it is Yahoo! board of directors, at least some of them who are “willing to entertain any legitimate offers or ideas to improve the Silicon Valley search giant’s prospects”. This could include AOL (I still shocked they are still around), an all-out sale involving investors, News Corp. President Peter Chernin and oh yea,  Microsoft. Also there are talks of Yahoo! outing their current CEO Carol Bartz who took over in January 2009 after Jerry Yang stepped down. But, the million dollar question: “Is Microsoft…

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Important JAVA Update

Oracle has pushed out JAVA Version 6 Update 20 to address a sever security exploit. While I am usually pretty good about keeping my plugins such as JAVA updated I did notice I currently had Update 16 installed 🙁 This update is for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems including Windows XP, Vista, 7 as well as Server 2003 & 2008. Note: This exploit currently affects users running 32-Bit browsers. To install the update simply go to java.com and click the big red Free Java Download button. The site will auto-detect your operating system and present you with the correct…

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We’ve Turned 3!

Back on May 1st, The Firefox Extension Guru’s Blog turned 3. Taking a looking back around May 1st for the past 3-years, here were some of the big news items: 2006 Mike Schroepfer announced developers were yanking Places from the then upcoming Firefox 2 release. Bon Echo/Firefox 2 Alpha 2 release. 2007 Support for both Firefox and Thunderbird 1.5 would be ending soon. Dell was going to offer (on some systems) Ubuntu & OpenOffice.org instead of Windows Vista and Office 2007 The Guru begins to experiment with Ubuntu. 2008 The failed takeover/merger of Yahoo! by Microsoft. Still not sure if…

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Microsoft/Yahoo: Microsoft in Talks Again?

While nothing official has been released by Microsoft, The Times of London is reporting Microsoft Corp. has resumed its pursuit of Yahoo in a deal that could cost the Redmond-based company $20 billion, less than half of what it offered for the search site this summer. Microsoft has put forward Jonathan Miller, ex-chairman and chief executive of AOL, and Ross Levinsohn, a former president of Fox Interactive Media, to lead a new management team at Yahoo under a 10-year agreement. Microsoft would have a two-year option to buy Yahoo outright for $20 billion. The report also says senior management at…

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Microsoft/Yahoo: When Ballmer Speaks…

…Yahoo’s stock goes up or (in most cases) down dramatically .  A follow-up to yesterday’s post Microsoft/Yahoo: Ballmer “We are done…” At Wednesday’s shareholders’ meeting Ballmer said, “We are done with all acquisition discussions with Yahoo. I’ve said that a bunch of times. Somehow some people have gotten confused nonetheless.” Yes Steve, people are confused as your comments are “somewhat confusing”. Seattle PI reporter Joseph Tartakoff takes a look back at Steve Ballmer’s public comments on the possibility of a Yahoo deal over the past few months and the (mostly negaitvie) effect on Yahoo’s stock. Source: The Microsoft Blog

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Microsoft/Yahoo: Ballmer “We are done…”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has once again said they are done with the talks of a merger. He addressed this question at the annual shareholder meeting today in Bellevue, Washington: “We are done with all acquisition discussions with Yahoo. I’ve said that a bunch of times. Somehow some people have gotten confused nonetheless,” he said in response to a question. One person in the hall at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center then applauded. Interesting, just last month The American Technology Research had indicated that it was “increasingly likely” Microsoft would make another bid for Yahoo at a “significantly lower” price.” Also at…

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Microsoft/Yahoo: Yang to Step Down

Current Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang has announced today he is stepping down and returning to his former role as Chief Yahoo! The news ends an embattled tenure for the Yahoo co-founder, who took over as CEO in June 2007, replacing then CEO Terry Semel. Now the big question is what does this mean for the still lingering merger/partnership/take-over with Yahoo and partnership with Microsoft. Yahoo is not doing so well, the stock has already lost nearly 2/3 (closed today  @ $10.63 per share) of it value since the take-over was announced. Back on February 1st Yahoo! stock shot up to…

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Yahoo urged to sell itself to Microsoft

With Yahoo’s stock plummeting to $12.29 a share on Friday (October 10), a Yahoo investor is urging Yahoo to sell itself to Microsoft for $22 a share. From Reuters: Under the proposal by investment fund Mithras Capital, Microsoft would unload Yahoo’s Asian assets and non-search businesses, extract $3 billion worth of cost savings and receive $2.8 billion of tax benefits, meaning the software giant would pay $10.3 billion for Yahoo’s search business. A quick refresher on Yahoo’s stock: Closed at $19.18 per share on January 31st, the day before Microsoft made the offer Closed at $28.38 per share (up 47%)…

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Microsoft/Yahoo: Microsoft Rebid Possible?

Nearly 4 months since the deal was called off, a research report from Rob Sanderson with American Technology Research today indicates that it is “increasingly likely” that Microsoft would make another bid for Yahoo at a “significantly lower” price. However, two Bank of America analysts don’t see this happening in the near future. News Source: The Microsoft Blog

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Thoughts: Chrome Not Importing Fx Settings

Wow, I have to say I am impressed at the number of comments I have received on the Google Chrome post. Further it has been a while since this blog has gotten this much traffic.  Anyway, I’ve been thinking about what could cause Chrome not to recognize I have Firefox and import my settings. My first thoughts were may be because I am running a Nightly Build version of Firefox 3 (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:1.9.0.3pre) Gecko/2008090306 Firefox 3/3.0.3pre ID:2008090306). However it may have to do with the version of Firefox, based on these comments from PatrickD,…

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