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Yahoo Says Yah-no to Microsoft

Yahoo!

On Saturday May 3rd, Yahoo received another counter bid for the acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft. Yahoo declined their offer (again)…

At the meeting, which also included Yahoo’s other founder, David Filo, and a Microsoft president who oversees its online unit, Kevin Johnson, Mr. Ballmer increased Microsoft’s offer to $33 a share, or a total of about $47.5 billion, from $29.40 a share. Mr. Yang told Mr. Ballmer that Yahoo would not accept an offer below $37 a share, this person said. -NyTimes

Yahoo was simply milking the cow, but it looks like they either got greedy or they overvalue their assets. Microsoft’s Chief Executive went on to say: “After careful consideration, we believe the economics demanded by Yahoo do not make sense for us, and it is in the best interests of Microsoft stockholders, employees and other stakeholders to withdraw our proposal.” Tough love Yahoo! Not to worry though – Yahoo shouldn’t have any problem selling their company for a couple billion – it’s only a matter of who offers the most dollars.

A few other companies who have showed interest in the acquisition of Yahoo is AOL (Time Warner), MySpace (Fox), and this guy. Should be very interesting to watch how this unfolds in the next year or two.

Technology – What Makes Winners and Losers

Our economy is based upon the buying and selling of products and services, also known as a “Consumer Economy”.   Products are services in American normally only succeed when whatever they’re selling is effective, reliable, and most importantly, affordable.

Here are a few upcoming products/services that haven’t broke that barrier yet, but probably will in the near future (within 5 years):

  • Solar Cell Technology – A new, eco-friendly source of energy.  Take that Common Wealth Edison.  The only thing that’s really keeping Solar Cells from taking over is cost.  Right now it would cost a consumer about $50,000 to convert their home’s energy source to Solar Cells.  It would take about 10 years to get your moneys worth.  My dad is in this industry.
  • Digital Movie Downloads/Rentals – Blockbuster and Netflix have both dabbled in this industry.  They both failed in some way.
  • Wireless Internet Cards – Sprint is probably the leading Wireless Internet Card provider right now.  The technology seems ideal and its something that a lot of people will want (supply & demand).  However, in order to get one of these cards, you need to lock into a 2 year contract with Sprint, at $59.99 / month.  Not really cost effective unless you’re really needing internet around the clock.  Some do though.  I expect this price to go down A LOT once more competitors jump into the market.

While it may not directly involved search engines, it certainly explains a lot about how America’s (and other countrie’s) economies work.  You can definitely use this knowledge toward your web development and marketing in some way, shape, or form.

Google & Paid Links – What is Google Thinking?

Matt Cutt’s recently blogged about how Google’s taking action to discredit websites that are selling links to websites that want to gain higher SERPs.  To sum it all up, Google provides a public spam report link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport?hl=en) where anyone can report a website for selling web links.  Ideally this would.  But we don’t live an idea, we live in reality.  That said, it’s hard to imagine how and why Google thought that the public would take care of this “link selling infestation” that’s screwing with their search engine.

This method will fail.  I wrote on Matt’s blog saying,

I hate to be a drag b/c I love almost anything that involves Google and I think they’re a great company in general – but this method of “filtering” out will be abused by exactly the same people that Google doesn’t want indexed, let alone selling links.

Just watch the sabotage take fold.

And I still stand by that statement.  Just watch.