As Yahoo continues to hammer out plans for a corporate reorganization, Steve Ballmer is still eying a possible search deal.
While Microsoft has "no interest" in buying all of Yahoo, top management is still contemplating whether to go back to Yahoo with a sweetened search deal, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking.
Earlier this week, CNET News.com reported that several Yahoo board members remain open to discussing a possible sale of the company's search business to Microsoft.
Updated at 2:35 p.m. with a source clarifying that this letter does not mean talks are off.
On Wednesday, Yahoo issued a letter to shareholders defending its pact with Google as compared to a search deal with Microsoft.
"This carefully structured agreement strikes the right strategic balance, enhancing our financial results while advancing our strategic objectives of being the 'starting point' for the most users on the Internet and offering such compelling value that advertisers will see us as the 'must buy' in online advertising," Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang wrote in the … Read more
Google said on Wednesday that Bell Canada executive Patrick Pichette will become its next chief financial officer, replacing George Reyes, who had earlier announced his intention to retire.
Pichette's appointment at Google is effective August 12. The company last year announced that Reyes planned to retire.
Pichette, the president of operations at Bell Canada, has put in seven years at the Canadian communications company. He had also served as the company's chief financial officer from 2002 to 2003.
In a statement, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said:
"Patrick brings the expertise and track record of a successful … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--During a panel discussion at the Structure conference here Wednesday, various representatives from the cloud-computing world offered their views. Panelists included:
Christophe Bisciglia, senior software engineer, Google Jason Hoffman, founder and chief technology officer, Joyent Tony Lucas, CEO, XCalibre Communications Lew Moorman, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, Rackspace Geva Perry, chief marketing officer, GigaSpaces Joe Weinman, VP of Strategic Solutions at AT&T
The panelists agreed that there will be open and proprietary, as well as specialized, cloud platforms. The discussion got a little heated between Google's Bisciglia and Joyent's Hoffman on the … Read more
Like two teenagers trying to figure out if they like each other, Yahoo and Microsoft are back at it again, trying to determine if a relationship can work. In Wednesday's edition of the Daily Debrief, I spoke with CNET News.com's Ina Fried about this latest round of talks and who is more desperate for the partnership.
Despite the recent pairing between Yahoo and Google, signs indicate that Microsoft is after the Sunnyvale-based Yahoo for its search capabilities. That doesn't come as a huge surprise since that was the essence of the last round of talks before … Read more
Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the Internet and Google's chief Internet evangelist, talked with Beet.tv's Andy Plesser about the future of video and broadband at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York.
Cerf expects that video will be downloaded rather than streamed over time. With gigabit for second speed, users could download an hour of video in 16 seconds. "It's like the iPod--you can download music faster than you can listen to it," he said. Cerf also said that broadcasting, rather than downloading a separate copy to every user, is a good … Read more
I would very much like to know what kind of relationships Nokia engineers had with their parents. And what sort of toys they played with as children.
I ask because I was intrigued by a New York Times interview with Tero Ojanpera, Nokia's Executive Vice President for Entertainment and Communities.
Mr. Ojanpera has a simple and positive vision of the future.
There will be you, your cellphone, your needs and your cellphone's YES button.
He believes that Nokia will be able to create phones that will be able to give you access to movies, shows, the finest spiritual … Read more
We're about to see what full-blown competition for the future of the computing industry looks like when multiple players get a shot to make an impact.
The next great operating systems wars are about to be fought, as traditional computing companies collide with teams representing the mobile phone industry. Nokia's decision Tuesday to unify, then open-source, the Symbian operating system for smartphones clarifies how today's most-widely used handset operating system will evolve to match the open-source initiatives headed by Google and the LiMo Foundation and competition from companies like Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Apple.
Forget RIM … Read more
Google on Monday unveiled a new Web-based tool, Map Maker, that lets people add roads, lakes, businesses, and other features to unmapped regions of Google Maps.
With the tool, people can using tracing tools to build maps in Cyprus, Iceland, Pakistan, and Vietnam, according to the Google LatLong blog. Also open for cartographic contributions are several Caribbean nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.
I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, it'… Read more