• Report: Talks between Microsoft and AOL heat up

    By Michal Lev-Ram

    The latest news out of Redmond is that a meeting between Microsoft (MSFT) and executives from Time Warner's AOL (TWX) will take place sometime today, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

    This is not the first time talks to combine the two companies' online groups have reportedly taken place, but with Yahoo's (YHOO) annual shareholder meeting quickly approaching (it's now scheduled for Aug. 1), there could MORE

    - Jul 16, 2008 3:51 PM ET
  • Yahoo shakes up the top managers, again

    By Scott Moritz

    Yahoo's (YHOO) latest reorganization aligns three divisions under president Sue Decker.

    Among the top changes, Ash Patel has been put in charge of the company's Global Products group, Scott Dietzen takes the top communications slot and Hilary Schneider will take over a newly created job of U.S. unit chief, according to a company press release.

    Not mentioned in the release is the status of Brad Garlinghouse, the author of the so-called MORE

    - Jun 26, 2008 2:06 PM ET
  • Yahoo's summer showdown with Carl Icahn

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    The summer's biggest shareholder showdown is finally set. Yahoo will hold its annual  meeting at the Fairmont hotel in downtown San Jose on Aug. 1.

    Yahoo (YHOO) originally set the date for July 3, but the meeting was postponed in anticipation of Carl Icahn's proxy fight. The billionaire activist vows to replace Yahoo's nine board members, including Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, with his own slate if the company doesn't MORE

    - Jun 4, 2008 1:24 PM ET
  • Google revs its search engine

    By Scott Moritz

    After an alarming first quarter U.S. search advertising slowdown, Google (GOOG) managed to reignite growth in the all-important paid click category according to April data from comScore.

    Last month, Google's paid clicks grew 19.6% over year-ago levels, improving on an much-watched trend of slowing paid click numbers in the first quarter of this year, thanks to a strong rebound in U.S. growth. The nearly 20% year-over-year increase compares with a less MORE

    - May 29, 2008 9:07 AM ET
  • Is Microsoft pursuing the wrong ad strategy?

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    With Bill Gates preparing to retire next month, the Microsoft chairman gave his take on the future of the software maker's online strategy – search advertising.

    "You make these bets and you stick with them for more than five years," Gates told an auditorium filled with Microsoft advertisers last week at the company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. "You bet on graphics interface, you bet on Internet browsing. Here with search, MORE

    - May 28, 2008 7:00 AM ET
  • T. Boone Pickens on Yahoo

    By Todd Woody

    NEW YORK - T. Boone Pickens dropped by Fortune to chat with the magazine's editors and writers and naturally Yahoo came up. The billionaire oilman has bought 10 million Yahoo shares and is backing Carl Icahn's bid to oust the Internet company's board in the aftermath of the failed (so far) deal with Microsoft.

    "I'm just coat-tailing Carl on that," said Pickens, who celebrated his 80th birthday last Thursday. MORE

    - May 27, 2008 10:15 AM ET
  • Yahoo braces for Icahn fight

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Yahoo is preparing for a hot and heated summer. In anticipation of a proxy fight with billionaire activist Carl Icahn, the company has delayed its July 3 annual shareholder meeting by a few weeks.

    Yahoo (YHOO), in a regulatory filing Thursday, urged its shareholders to vote against the ten-member alternate slate that Icahn proposed last week and to re-elect Yahoo's current directors. "Our board of directors unanimously recommends a vote for the election of MORE

    - May 22, 2008 7:18 PM ET
  • Carl Icahn may rally a proxy fight against Yahoo's board

    By Yi-Wyn Yen

    Shares of Yahoo spiked more than 6% in afternoon trading Tuesday as a CNBC report said that billionaire activist Carl Icahn is "mulling" the idea of leading a shareholder revolt to oust the company's board of directors.

    "There's every chance in the world that the stock is being influenced by the speculation of Carl Icahn," said S&P Internet analyst Scott Kessler.

    Yahoo's board has come under fire from shareholders since MORE

    - May 13, 2008 4:15 PM ET
  • What Microsoft will do next

    By Michael V. Copeland

    The last time Microsoft walked away from a major acquisition was more than a decade ago. It was 1995 and a $2 billion bid to buy financial software company Intuit fell apart under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. While there are clear differences between Microsoft's Intuit deal and its failed attempt to buy Yahoo, a look at what happened within Microsoft after the Intuit bid MORE

    - May 13, 2008 9:33 AM ET
  • Yahoo discord heats up

    By Scott Moritz

    Yahoo (YHOO) chief Jerry Yang has lost a deal and gained some enemies.

    Yes, Microsoft (MSFT) walked away from the proposed blockbuster merger - but no, the new enemy is not Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    Instead, it's Gordon Crawford of Capital Research Global Investors, a holder of 6% of Yahoo's shares.

    Crawford voiced his extreme disappointment in Yang in press reports, including a piece in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal taking direct MORE

    - May 6, 2008 10:15 AM ET
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