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[News] [Humour] From Scum to Scum on Proxy Fights (Ellison to Ballmer)

  • Subject: [News] [Humour] From Scum to Scum on Proxy Fights (Ellison to Ballmer)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 14:25:02 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Larry to Steve: Don't let them see you sweat

,----[ Quote ]
| I have to tell you Steve, I frankly think you show too much. Have you ever 
| seen me jumping up and down in a monkey-dance, red-faced, out of breath, 
| screaming, "I ... LOVE ... THIS ... COMPANY?" Do you have any idea how many 
| years you may have shaved off your life with these outbursts? You need to be 
| more Zen, cool, calm and collected, like ageless me.    
| [...]
| If it goes to a proxy battle, the insults will fly. I never cared about that, 
| because I believe in myself and only myself. 
| Do you remember how stupid Craig Conway of PeopleSoft looked during the 
| dogfight? He got lots of laughs showing up on stage with his black Labrador, 
| the two of them wearing matching bullet proof vests. What did that show? It 
| showed WEAKNESS. I said, if Craig and his dog were next to each other and I 
| have one bullet, "It wouldn't be for the dog." I meant every word.    
| Remember, it's business, it's not personal.
| Be prepared for dealing with the DOJ again, because they are going to give 
| your deal a long look, and I will do everything in my power to help that 
| along. Having you tied up with even more antitrust investigations can only 
| make me happy.    



Microsoft to Authorize Proxy Fight at Yahoo

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| In an escalation of its fight for Yahoo, Microsoft will authorize a proxy 
| fight at the Internet company this week, people briefed on the matter told 
| DealBook. Unless Yahoo quickly reverses course and enters into talks, 
| Microsoft would then seek to nominate a slate of directors to Yahoo’s board 
| by March 13, the final deadline for nominations, and pursue a lengthy 
| campaign to oust the board.     


Why Microsoft Should Fret

,----[ Quote ]
| But what if at stake in the battle isn't just Microsoft's position in selling 
| ads, but the very survival of its core software business? Microsoft would 
| never admit that so much is on the line.   


Microsoft to take case to Yahoo shareholders: report

,----[ Quote ]
| The board believes Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft is trying to take advantage 
| of some recent weakness in Yahoo's share price in order to "steal" the 
| company, the report said.  


,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft is threatening to launch a boardroom coup at Yahoo! within six
|              ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| weeks if the internet search engine fails to accept its $45 billion (£23
| billion) hostile takeover proposal or start serious merger talks, The Times
| has learned.


Options Before Microsoft: Upping Bid; Tender Offer; Hostile Takeover; Pressure

,----[ Quote ]
| Hostile board overthrow: This would be the most contentious, and Microsoft 
| has indicated its willingness to go through with this if need be: it could 
| seek to oust Yahoo's board at its next election; it would have until March 13 
| to nominate a new slate of directors. Yahoo has taken "poison pill" 
| provisions, and Microsoft have to oust the board to get past these 
| provisions.     


Microsoft Replies To Yahoo Rejection

,----[ Quote ]
| The response to Yahoo's "no thanks" to a $44.6 billion acquisition held the 
| not-so-subtle threat of a more aggressive takeover action by Microsoft. 
| [...]
| "The Yahoo response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial 
| merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the 
| right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are 
| provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal," 
| Microsoft said in their statement.    


Microsoft rejects Yahoo! rejection

,----[ Quote ]
| Steve Ballmer still wants to swallow Jerry Yang's company.


Microsoft and the American way

,----[ Quote ]
| An interesting side-note on the potential Yahoo-Microsoft deal: Microsoft has 
| only $17B in cash/liquid reserves, but has bid $44.6B for Yahoo. 


Was Vista a disaster for Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| Recently Microsoft posted their profits for 2007. Despite Vista being one of 
| the worst disasters to hit the computer systems markets since Windows ME, 
| Microsoft seemed to come out way ahead... or did they?  
| Profits don't always tell the full story about how a company performs, and 
| I'm not talking about Enron.


Dueling Fools: Microsoft Bear

,----[ Quote ]
| You don't need to watch the 'I'm a Mac, I'm a PC' commercials to see that 
| Microsoft is taking a beating. You see it in the company's financials where 
| its online unit, incredibly, is operating at a loss; overheating Xbox 360 
| consoles find the company taking a huge warranty hit for a system losing 
| market share to the Wii; and the upgrade wave of its flagship operating 
| system has been more of a ripple than a tsunami. That last point is 
| important. This was supposed to be Microsoft's final feast, the major last 
| hurrah for its Windows Vista operating entry and its Office 2007 suite of 
| applications before the inevitable embrace of cheaper open source operating 
| systems and Web-based apps... In fact, even Microsoft will tell you that its 
| fortunes peaked several months ago.          


A Dozen Stocks For '07

,----[ Quote ]
| Millen also thinks $36 billion in planned share buybacks
| will help the stock.


Microsoft counts on Vista to recharge stagnant stock

,----[ Quote ]
| There was a time in the 1990s when shares of Microsoft stock seemed to
| double every couple of years. 1996: college for the kids. 1998: a place
| on Whidbey. 1999: early retirement.
| Times have changed.


Commentary: Microsoft needs more than just buybacks to lift its shares

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft shares, which have been dormant for the last few years,
| have been looking up over the last couple months. The Dow industrials
| component has gained about 20% since hitting a 4-year low of $21.46 o
| June 13.
| To help move things along, Microsoft not only launched a $40 billion
| stock repurchase program that lasts through 2011, the company also said
| its previously announced 4-year, $30 billion stock buyback program was
| completed in just 2 years.


Software Notebook: Microsoft's cash pile isn't what it used to be

,----[ Quote ]
| But Microsoft has taken a series of steps to reduce its cash
| balance. Specifically, by Microsoft's count, the company has
| paid out nearly $100 billion through dividends and repurchasing
| its own stock in the past five years.


Microsoft Hides Its Mobile and Business Apps Divisions

,----[ Quote ]
| The company is folding its two worst-performing divisions -- Microsoft
| Business Solutions (its business applications unit) and its Mobile and
| Embedded units -- into the Microsoft Business Division and Microsoft Home
| and Entertainment units, respectively.


How Much is Too Much?

,----[ Summary ]
| Microsoft says it will stick with Xbox. But with years of heavy losses
| behind it, the pressure's on for the gaming division to make good


Microsoft stoic despite massive losses

,----[ Quote ]
| If you were to judge by the PR rhetoric, you'd think the 360 was
| an unstoppable commercial juggernaut. As usual though, PR lies.


The Secret Failures of Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| There is no choice involved; even most Linux users are forced to pay for a
| Microsoft license in order to obtain a brand name PC.
| [...]
| They are bound to an oath to swear allegiance to Windows XP Professional,
| and must never mention Linux and Windows in the same breath. If they step
| out of line in any way, Microsoft dramatically raises their OEM licensing
| fees and sends them to indoctrination camp, where they face chairs being
| hurled at them by angry monkeys.
| [...]
| Why do Windows enthusiasts exibit much hostility to an obvious fact?
| Because if they admit that 80% of the company's revenues come entirely
| from an OEM tax, and not from any choice on the part of consumers...
| [...]
| Microsoft's decade of investments in WinCE and Windows Mobile
| Smartphones have only barely matched the market share of Palm, which
| itself is a run down company out of ideas. Microsoft couldn't
| out-maneuver the incompetent Palm within a decade of trying; now both
| are ineffectually fighting over the dying PDA industry while Linux and
| Symbian slaughter them in the smartphone arena:
| Symbian 75%; Linux 14%; Microsoft 5%; Palm 5%.
| [...]
| (many more failures listed)


Wis. Bill to Require Tax Loophole Data

,----[ Quote ]
| Wisconsin Bill Would Require More Reporting on Tax Loopholes
| [...]
| A message left with Microsoft was not immediately returned.


Ecuador Tax Agency Closes Microsoft Branch Offices For 7 Days

,----[ Quote ]
| "We have twice requested balances, payment reports and complete tax 
| information, but the company hasn't given it to us, so in accordance with our 
| laws we have proceeded with the closure," the SRI official in charge of the 
| proceeding said.   


Microsoft Office raid in Hungary

,----[ Quote ]
| "Such behavior could lead to the exclusion of competitive products from 
| the market and violate European Union rules, according to the authority 
| known as the GVH."


Microsoft's past stock options practice poses questions

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft in 1999 announced that it would end a policy of awarding
| options at monthly lows and said it would take a $217 million charge,
| though many details of that discontinued practice haven't been widely
| known, The Wall Street Journal said Friday.
| Those details raise questions about how Microsoft began the practice,
| what prompted the company to end it and whether the way the options
| were dated--at 30-day lows the month after they were
| granted--influenced other companies, it said.


Microsoft's Bach sold more stock before Xbox news

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft Corp. executive Robbie Bach sold $3 million more in company stock 
| during the period leading up to an announcement about a costly flaw in its 
| Xbox video game console than previously reported, according to a filing 
| Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   


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