Buying on the rumor; selling the rest of the time

July 2, 2008

nasdaq.jpgYahoo’s stock price was rescued (yet again) by rumors that Microsoft is getting ready to bid for the web company’s search business (yet again).

Who will run Yahoo?

July 1, 2008

yahoo-sign.jpgWho’s going to run Yahoo?

There are myriad answers to that question, but AllThingsD suggests that Ross Levinsohn, the former head of News Corp’s Fox Interactive Media Group, and partner, former AOL Chief Jon Miller, are heavily mentioned as the kind who might get a crack at it.

Gates/Ballmer – Saying goodbye is hard to do

June 28, 2008

Gates and Ballmer (Matrix)All good things have to come to an end. Even a stroll down memory lane. Final stop: proudest achievements and biggest screw-ups.

Microsoft’s Bert and Ernie

June 28, 2008

bertandernie.jpgBill Gates’ retirement from Microsoft Corp was an opportunity for him and Chief Executive Steve Ballmer to espouse on their decades-long partnership. Here are some excerpts from their Town Hall meeting with Microsoft employees on Friday.

Bill Gates reminisces about Microsoft

June 27, 2008

Bill Gates bid an emotional farewell to Microsoft on Friday, the company he co-founded in 1975. Here are some of his quotes, filed by Reuters reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi, who was at the event at the software giant’s leafy Redmond, Washington, campus.

Battle of egos at Yahoo, Microsoft

June 27, 2008

Yahoo shares have fallen 20 percent since talks with Microsoft broke up, and some shareholders are blaming big egos for the failure.

Microsoft, the $250 billion underdog

June 27, 2008

Microsoft may be the behemoth monster 800-pound gorilla of software, whose Windows and Office products are nothing short of Golden Gooses. Or Geese. Or whatever.Video: Bill Gates last day at Microsoft

Oh Mr. Gates, how the time flies!

June 27, 2008

Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates Oct. 19, 1981

1975

Microsoft (then spelled “Micro Soft”) is founded by William “Bill” Gates, a 20-year-old Harvard dropout, and Paul Allen, his 22-year-old school chum. They begin selling its first product, a BASIC programming language interpreter.

A primer on Bill Gates

June 27, 2008

gates1.jpgOh, by the way, you may have missed it, but today is Bill Gates’ last day on the job at Microsoft. 

Microhoo: reading the tea leaves

June 24, 2008

tea.jpgWith Yahoo shares trading just above $20, investors must be desperate for any sign that buyout talks with Microsoft could be resuscitated. It’s been relatively quiet since Yahoo struck the Google ad deal — with nary a peep from the usually loquacious activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been blogging about CEO pay but keeping silent on where he will take his Yahoo proxy battle.