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Yahoo Should Buy Microsoft

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| My last column was all about the culture of Microsoft and how it makes real 
| change difficult for the company.  It’s not just at Microsoft that these 
| things happen, by the way: nearly all mature organizations get into similar 
| ruts.  And if, like Microsoft, they are spectacularly profitable ruts, well 
| then it isn’t surprising that things stay more or less permanently 
| dysfunctional.     
| [...]
| Next column we’ll deal with the rest of Microsoft, chopping those 20,000 to 
| 50,000 heads. 
| New Kindle?
| A few hours from when I’m writing this Amazon will reportedly introduce the 
| second-generation Kindle ebook reader.  A lot of money has been lost on 
| ebooks over the years and I have my doubts that the Kindle is yet profitable.  
| Still, if any company can make a go of eBooks it is probably Amazon.  As for 
| what’s in the new Kindle I’ll take a chance and guess right here.    



Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its 
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo 
| Inc.  


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.


Microsoft's DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

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| The rest of the $44.6bn (£22.3bn) deal would be financed with an undisclosed 
| amount of credit. 
| What that means is that it must squeeze as much money as it can from its 
| operations to fund that debt and still pay dividends to shareholders, who 
| will be looking for some payback from the Yahoo takeover. Giving away 
| software is the last thing it would want to do in these circumstances, and 
| the DreamSpark announcement shows just how worried it is about the future.    


Can Ballmer pilot Microsoft through a changed tech course?

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| Can Ballmer steer Microsoft out of the roadblocks?
| The highly competitive Ballmer, you might say, is the man who cried "nice." 
| And like the boy who cried wolf, no one believed him. The software giant's 
| attempt to make nice with much of the developer community by opening up its 
| APIs for key products was greeted with a jaundiced eye by regulators at the 
| powerful European Commission.    
| However sincere Microsoft's stated change of heart may be, it is becoming 
| clearer and clearer that Microsoft -- which knows it has to change -- is 
| still struggling to find a fresher path.  
| What's a poor CEO to do?
| Now that Bill Gates has effectively left the building, Ballmer is free to 
| transform Microsoft, a job made all the tougher by the enormous reservoir of 
| mistrust the company has engendered over the years.  
| Case in point: the open APIs. Microsoft will give its competitors free access 
| to the application programming interfaces and protocols it uses to ensure 
| interoperability between its own products, a very significant change in 
| business practices.    


EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say

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| The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined 
| to be identified because the decision isn't public. Microsoft said in a Jan. 
| 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion 
| euros ($2.2 billion).   


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of 
| survival. 

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