AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft talks heat up

July 16, 2008

bewkes4.jpgTime Warner’s talks with Yahoo and separately with Microsoft have taken on renewed urgency as a pivotal Yahoo annual shareholders meeting approaches, a source tells us.

Valley of the moguls

July 8, 2008

Swan smallerThey call it the Duck Pond, but it’s actually teaming with (vicious) swans. It’s considered a big media and tech powwow, but a broad swath of global corporate titans of finance and politics round out the guest list.

XM and Sirius: Weren’t they merging or something?

June 16, 2008

xmsr.jpg Finally, some movement.

It seems that the head of U.S. Federal Communications Commission Kevin Martin will support Sirius Satellite Radio’s proposed purchase of rival XM Satellite Radio.

Take-Two takers?

June 6, 2008

Take-Two Interactive CEO Ben Feder told us yesterday the company is in formal discussions with a range of parties interested in its “strategic alternatives,” which could involve a sale.

A summer romance for GE and Time Warner?

June 2, 2008

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We’re moving into summer now — peak wedding time. Naturally, all sorts of mergers are on the mind.

Back to basics at Time Warner

May 21, 2008

time-warner-sign.jpgTime Warner Inc is slimming down, concentrating on the content side of the business (forgive the jargon, it’s just that’s what movies, magazines, TV programming are called these days).

Is Yahoo’s Yang toast?

May 6, 2008

steve-case-frowns.jpgLegendary media money manager Gordon Crawford blasted Yahoo Chief Jerry Yang for blowing the Microsoft deal in high profile interviews with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Microsoft and Yahoo: what next?

May 5, 2008

Yahoo CEO Jerry YangNow that Microsoft has broken off its pursuit of Yahoo, the only thing we know for sure is that those two technology icons will not be merging (right now). Every other possibility and option for the two companies is up in the air. (One thing is for sure, Yahoo’s stock is already down more than 20 percent .)

Ballmer seals all Yahoo exits

May 4, 2008

ballmer-gestures.jpgMicrosoft dumped its offer to buy Yahoo on Saturday. A closer reading of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s letter to Yahoo’s Jerry Yang shows Microsoft is content to do nothing less than choke the air supply out of Yahoo’s trachea.

Warner Bros.’s new games guy

April 30, 2008

martin-tremblay-headshot.jpgMeet Warner Bros’s new video game czar Martin Tremblay, who was named president of Interactive Entertainment.