Yahoo says “No”

Just in case you don’t know… Microsoft made an offer to buy out Yahoo on Feb. 1, 2008 for $44.6 Billion…

Here’s the most updated information on the deal:

Feb. 11, 2008
Yahoo Inc. spurned Microsoft Corp.’s $44.6 billion takeover bid as inadequate, betting that it can elicit a higher offer from the world’s largest software maker or find another way to deliver a comparable payoff to its shareholders. In its formal response, Yahoo said its board had concluded Microsoft’s unsolicited offer “substantially undervalues” the company.

This is cool..

So I found this on one of my friends websites…

http://www.vimeo.com/610179

Check it out and let me know what you think…

Yahoo is laying off people…

Oh oh… Yahoo is talking about laying off people…

In today’s world this is becoming more and more often…

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of crucial areas, people close to the company said Monday.

The final number of layoffs from Yahoo’s work force of about 14,000 is yet to be determined and is likely to be announced around the end of the month, perhaps during Yahoo’s conference call on Jan. 29 with analysts after it reports fourth-quarter results, these people said.

Here’s the rest of story: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/technology/22yahoo.html?_r=1&ref=technology&oref=slogin

Yahoo and Gmail entering the Social Network World?

So it appears that Yahoo and Gmail want to get in on the huge business of Social Networking…

Here’s an article I picked up from the NY Times:

Brad Garlinghouse, who runs the communication and community products for Yahoo, was a lot more forthcoming. He didn’t-have dates or specific product details either. But he did say that Yahoo was working on what he called “Inbox 2.0.”

This has several features. First, the e-mail service is made more personal because it displays messages more prominently from people who are more important to you. Yahoo is testing a method that can automatically determine the strength of your relationship to someone by how often you exchange e-mail and instant messages with him or her.

You can read the rest of the article here: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/inbox-20-yahoo-and-google-to-turn-e-mail-into-a-social-network/index.html?ref=technology

The article includes the little bit of details that they have on Google’s “Social Network”… This is potentially revoluntionary and could change the way online social networking happens…

AOL – Is trying to come back…

Okay so I remember back in the day using AOL to connect to the internet… Yes the “You’ve Got Mail” was such a sweet noise… AOL was very big when I first began my internet days…

So is AOL trying to make a come back??? Looks like maybe so…

Here’s an article I picked up from the NY Times:

AOL has scooped up yet another online advertising company — this time, one that has faced off with Google and Yahoo in selling contextual text ads, those small, sponsored links that run next to articles.

Quigo is AOL’s fourth advertising acquisition this year as the company, a unit of Time Warner, tries to reinvent itself. Historically AOL has made money selling Internet connections and subscriptions to its online service, but last year it changed the focus to selling Web advertising. AOL’s site and features — like e-mail — are now free.

Quigo, which reportedly cost AOL about $350 million, is the third advertising network acquired by AOL in the last few years, and the deal, announced yesterday, highlights AOL’s goal of selling ads across cyberspace rather than simply on its own Web sites. AOL executives are trying to turn their company into a one-stop shop for advertisers that want to reach customers throughout the Internet.

Here’s a pic of the Quigo Executives.

So it sounds like AOL is trying to make a come back… Guess we will all have to wait it out and see…