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[News] [Rival] Microsoft'a Anti-Google Lobby Dissolves to an Extent

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Microsoft-led Privacy Group Backs off Legislation

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| A Microsoft-led group set up three years ago has backed away from its 
| original goal of pushing for comprehensive U.S. privacy legislation. 
| Originally, the Consumer Privacy Legislative Forum was set up to bring a 
| diverse array of consumer companies, technology vendors and even advocacy 
| groups together and help drive privacy legislation. But now the group has 
| been renamed the Business Forum for Consumer Privacy and is instead being 
| billed as "an organization focused on fostering innovation in consumer 
| privacy governance," according to the group's new mission statement.     


Anti-Google lobby from the company whose products are the worst spyware known
to human kind. Who are they kidding?


Is Microsoft Guilty of Bogus* Polling? Yes.

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| That is classic push polling. If you want people to respond one way, ask them
| leading questions or feed them information that represents just one side in
| the debate. And it worked here: after hearing the statement about Barnett
| respondents (who, again, were not very familiar with the deal) claimed, by a
| score of 80-20 that government regulators did the right thing.


Yahoo! loses! another! boss!

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| Coppel will stay for the handover to his replacement and leave the company in
| the first quarter of 2009.
| Sue Decker, president of Yahoo! Inc, said, “The appointment of Rich Riley
| represents the next phase in the evolution of our European and Canadian
| businesses, enabling us to build on the great foundations laid by Toby
| Coppel.


Carl Icahn increases his stake in Yahoo

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| According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Icahn
| purchased roughly 6.8 million shares in Yahoo...


Yahoo stock rallies after Carl Icahn increases stake

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| The company's stock surged 93 cents, or nearly 9%, to $11.51 in the shortened
| trading session after Icahn, a Yahoo board member who has been pushing a
| strategy shift or a sale to Microsoft Corp., said he had bought about 6.8
| million shares.



Icahn! goes! double! or! quits! on! Yahoo!

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| Talks with Microsoft are rumoured to be still going on - possibly just for
| its search business. And presumably Steve Ballmer is offering a lot less than
| $33 a share.
| Yang's supposed preferred response, an ad deal with Google, has also fallen
| through.


Microhoo: Ballmer takes off his gloves

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| What Ballmer means: Jerry, you are making us both look bad. It's time to get
| in gear, and if I have to bring on the irate dancing monkey and go straight
| to the shareholders, I will.


Microsoft Threatens Yahoo Board With Proxy Battle, Lower Bid

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| Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steven A. Ballmer threatened Yahoo Inc.
| directors with a hostile takeover of the company if they don't reverse course
| and agree to a deal within the next three weeks.


Microsoft gives Yahoo three weeks to do a deal

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| Microsoft on Saturday issued an ultimatum to Yahoo, giving the Internet
| search pioneer three weeks to enter formal merger negotiations and conclude a
| deal.
| The software giant threatened to launch a proxy fight to unseat Yahoo's board
| of directors, as well as take its case straight to Yahoo investors should no
| deal be reached in that period.
| And as a further cattle prod in getting a deal consummated, Microsoft
| threatened to lower its existing bid, citing how Yahoo's value will be hurt
| if it needs to resort to such hostile means.


Bear Stearns's Advice To Microsoft

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| Co-founder Bill Gates can't be thrilled with watching
| Ballmer drain the company's cash. He didn't get so rich by buying at the top
| of the market.


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.


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.


Yahoo says Microsoft's bid is distracting workforce

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| Yahoo stated the obvious in its annual report on Wednesday by saying
| Microsoft's bid to buy the company is distracting executives and employees.


Yahoo Battling 7 Shareholder Suits

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| Yahoo Inc. is facing seven shareholder lawsuits alleging the slumping
| Internet pioneer bungled its response to Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited
| takeover bid.


Yahoo sued by Chinese dissidents again

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| Yahoo faces another lawsuit over its actions in China. Several Chinese men
| are suing the company and its Hong Kong subsidiary claiming they were harmed
| because of Yahoo's cooperation with the Chinese government.


Yahoo Sued for Spurning Microsoft

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| Two Detroit pension funds have sued Yahoo Inc. and its board of directors,
| saying they breached their duties to shareholders in trying to thwart a
| takeover by Microsoft Corp.


Microsoft's IBM Moment

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| News Commentary: Microsoft can only lose if it enters into a proxy fight
| against Yahoo.
| Supposedly, Microsoft is ready to make a hardball maneuver to replace Yahoo's
| board of directors. A proxy fight would be a highly aggressive move from a
| company that for years sought to remake its tarnished public image. Antitrust
| cases on two continents portrayed Microsoft as a bully, which is a label a
| Yahoo hostile takeover may just revive.


A Yahoo Proxy Contest: How Good Are Microsoft’s Chances?

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| Microsoft refuses to boost its Yahoo bid, valued at $31 a share a few weeks
| ago. It refuses so thoroughly, in fact, that the Redmond, Wash., software
| giant may be willing to wage a proxy battle to oust Yahoo’s board, according
| to this report. (To do that, Microsoft must nominate a new slate of directors
| for Yahoo within the next three weeks).


Microsoft Usually Doesn’t Do This Sort of Thing. Except It Does. All The Time.

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| When Microsoft proposed its $31 a share takeover of Yahoo, the deal’s rich
| 61% one-day premium seemed a necessary part of the audacious bid: at a price
| like that, who could refuse?


How Yahoo went from Web star to Microsoft prey

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| A desperate, expensive bid to beat Google; turf wars among divisions


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

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| 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.

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