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December 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Microsoft vet Blake Irving named Go Daddy’s big daddy

It was only a matter of time before Blake Irving was snapped up by another tech company. Today Irving was named chief executive of Go Daddy, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based web hosting and domain registrar that leads the market but is known particularly for its tawdry advertising. Irving (pictured) starts Jan. 7, succeeding interim Chief Executive Scott Wagner….


Comments | Topics: Blake Irving, Digital media, Entrepreneurs

May 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Bill Gates: Tax the rich, and Yahoo deal wasn’t bad

Bill Gates shared a few thoughts on Microsoft’s deal with Yahoo during a Fox Business Network interview keyed to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholder meeting. Gates was interviewed by Liz Claman along with Buffett and Susan Decker, former Yahoo president. Gates and Decker both said the Yahoo merger was sensible, although other Microsoft shareholders were relieved that Yahoo…


Comments | Topics: Bill Gates, Billionaire techies, Microsoft

July 8, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Zillow hooks up with Yahoo on ad deal

Everyone’s been wondering if Zillow would someday hook up with one of the big Web portals. Now it’s finally happening, sort of. Under a deal being announced Friday, Zillow is going to become the exclusive partner of Yahoo Real Estate, handling real estate advertising for both sites. The two are also combining their listing directories. Zillow and Yahoo…


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July 30, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Microsoft slip? Return on Yahoo deal, costs revealed in confidential slide

A particularly interesting slide was released at Microsoft’s analyst meeting. It included “context” about the Yahoo deal and was marked “not for disclosure.”

In other words, the slide had the secret internal analysis of what the Yahoo deal means to Microsoft, including details that weren’t revealed in yesterday’s announcement or today’s presentation to analysts.

It was included in the slide deck briefly available for download from Microsoft’s investor site but wasn’t shown during Steve Ballmer’s speech.

Among the details:

“Net: We will lose money the first two years ($300m total) then start making a decent return ($400m steady state).”

Microsoft also expects total transition costs of the deal to be $600 million to $700 million (“up to $200m could hit us in 2010”), according to the slide.


Comments | Topics: ballmer, Google, Microsoft

July 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Microsoft analyst meeting: Ballmer said “nobody gets” Yahoo deal

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer started Microsoft’s 2009 analyst meeting with a few hardballs. He said Microsoft has stumbled on its mobile phone effort, but it’s going to continue with a “software only” strategy that’s the right way “to get 50, 60 percent market share.” Ballmer said early confusion about netbooks and mobile Internet devices has passed…


Comments | Topics: ballmer, Microsoft, netbooks

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