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Category: Yahoo
April 22, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Microsoft earnings preview, come back tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. for the liveblog

We will be liveblogging Microsoft’s third-quarter earnings call tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. so come back, click in and share your thoughts on the tech giant’s report card. Here’s what to look for in the earnings call. Analysts are expecting a weak quarter as the general state of the economy has pressured businesses to pull back…


Comments | More in Financial, Microsoft, Netbooks, Yahoo

April 13, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Free Microsoft software training for 30,000 in Washington state

Microsoft will offer 30,000 vouchers for free software training to help people in Washington get learn how to use Microsoft software. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith made the announcement this morning at a press conference at the YWCA Opportunity Place in downtown Seattle. Microsoft first announced its job training program, Elevate…


Comments | More in Employees, Microsoft layoffs, Search, Yahoo

February 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM

What Ballmer said about Yahoo and what others are saying about search deals

After a fairly quiet few weeks following the one-year anniversary of Microsoft’s bid to buy the Internet giant, a couple of reports in the past day or so, plus an utterance from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, have stirred the Microsoft-Yahoo pot. Let’s start with facts and move on to speculation and unnamed sources.

Ballmer, during a strategic update meeting with Wall Street analysts, discussed the broader Internet search market, the tall order his company faces against Google and his continuing hope of joining forces in some manner with Yahoo:


Comments | More in Search, Steve Ballmer, Yahoo

February 12, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Microsoft’s new Online boss gets 390,422 shares, vesting over 4 years

Qi Lu, the Yahoo executive lured by Steve Ballmer to head Microsoft’s Online Services Group, was awarded 390,422 shares of company stock Wednesday, according to this SEC filing. The shares will vest as follows over the next four years: “20% on January 5, 2010, 20% on January 5, 2011, 20% on January 5,…


Comments | More in Compensation, Employee benefits, Online services, Yahoo

January 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Bartz on selling parts of Yahoo: ‘This is not a company that needs to be pulled apart and left for the chickens’

Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s new CEO, was peppered Tuesday with questions about a potential search deal with Microsoft or another go at partnering with AOL-Time Warner. Here are some of her choice exchanges with financial analysts during a conference call after the Internet company reported a loss in the fourth quarter.


Comments | More in Personalities, Search, Yahoo, Yahoo acquisition

January 16, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Search market largely unchanged in December as Yahoo, Microsoft execs meet

ComScore’s U.S. Internet search share report shows the major players had were little changed in December. Google is still the leader, far and away, with 63.5 percent of the market, unchanged from November. Yahoo, according to comScore, gained a smidge to 20.5 percent. Microsoft continued along in third place with 8.3 percent. Meanwhile, More

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