Monday news roundup 7/28

Icahn gets 3 seats on Yahoo’s board. We’ll see if what happens at the shareholder meeting on Friday.  Check your tech RSS feeds during the day on Friday to see if there is any news. We talked about a couple of gender-related items.  A study in Science (the journal) found that the difference in math …

Is this a Social Revolution?

Great post on Social Media Today by Brian Solis entitled The Social Revolution is our Industrial Revolution.  We need to start thinking about things differently and our direction with the social usage of the Web is a major shift. This NY Times piece discussed some of the legal implications of blogging, subpeona’s being delivered to …

Lively, iPhone and Congress on Twitter

The Silicon Valley Insider details the differences between Google’s Lively and Second Life.  Mainly, no sex in Lively.  It’s the PG virtual world. This Yahoo/Microsoft/Icahn just won’t go away, and it gets uglier by the minute. NY Times had two views of Apple on the same page. One was very complimentary about the efficiency of …

Icahn Letter and Yahoo rebuttal

See Carl Icahn’s 5-point plan for assuming leadership at Yahoo, should he be successful in ousting their board. I agree with Yahoo’s rebuttal. I don’t see anything long-term in Icahn’s proposal. Very vague on the “talented and experienced CEO” thing.

Yahoo Round 2

Looks like Carl Icahn was not happy with the way things turned out for Yahoo in regard to the failed Microsoft acquisition. Apparently, he sent a letter yesterday to Yahoo’s Chairman, identifying “irresponsible and unconscionable actions” that led Microsoft to withdraw their offer. Apparently, he is going to snap up some additional shares of Yahoo …

WSJ Blog interprets Ballmer letter

I knew it was just a matter of time before someone tried to read between the lines. This WSJ Blog post does a great job. I was definitely getting the “thanks for nothing” vibe, imagining Ballmer gritting his teeth as he wrote it.

Microsoft Withdraws Bid for Yahoo

Talks broke down between Microsoft and Yahoo today. Microsoft, after increasing their bid to $33 per share or $47.5 billion and still being rejected, decided to withdraw the offer. Read the TechCrunch coverage, press release, and letter from Steve Ballmer to Jerry Yang. It appears that Yahoo wanted something more like $37/share. And, it looks …

What Will Become of Yahoo?

We’ve been following this Microsoft/Yahoo deal in my classes over the course of this semester. The semester is coming to a close, and after about three months of negotiation, nothing has really been settled. This morning, it was reported that Microsoft’s board met to discuss how to proceed. Many have speculated on what might happen, …