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Bill Gates says that Microsoft is done dealing with Yahoo.
Bill Gates delivers an address seemingly making it clear that Microsoft doesn't want to re-enter talks in the near future

After Microsoft rejected Yahoo's demands for more money by dropping its merger offer, all eyes were on the electronics giant to see what it'd do next.  Soon thereafter, rumors built when Yahoo's leadership, blasted by shareholders, spoke with the press conveying that they had suddenly regained interest in cutting a deal with Microsoft.  Now Microsoft Chairman and founder Bill Gates has essentially silenced these rumors, making it clear that Microsoft had no plans for other deals.

Defending his company against allegations that they didn't try hard enough to deal with Yahoo, Gates stated, "a lot of effort" was put into trying to work out a deal and that the pair should pursue "independent paths".  Gates continued, "Now at this point Microsoft is focused on its independent strategy."

The press conference in Tokyo marked a departure from early comments on Tuesday in South Korea, when he indicated that Microsoft might be willing to deal.  Ironically over the same time period Yahoo seems to have turned around its stance in public comments, to indicate desire for a deal.

If Microsoft were to consider a deal, it certainly wouldn't be very tough.  The majority shareholder has said that $34 a share would be a fair price and Steve Ballmer verbally stated that Microsoft would pay as much as $33 a share (higher than the original $31 a share bid).  This could sweeten the deal for Yahoo shareholders who disliked that Microsoft's stock had fallen, devaluing the originally offered price which was half stock.

Yahoo's management had insisted on $37 a share, but to put that in perspective, it's been two years since the company's stock was that high.  After the deal collapsed, Yahoo's leadership changed their tune saying they might have taken lower bids, but during negotiations they were quite adamant in their discussions with the press.

Gates said that rather than turn to Yahoo to try to gain an upper hand on stronger competitor Google, a number of meetings are planned to try to turn around Microsoft's online fortune.  Both Yahoo and Microsoft significantly trail Google in advertising and search metrics.  While Gates would offer no specifics, he stated, "We will make the advances that give people a great choice there."

News sources have speculated that Microsoft could partner with Time Warner Inc.'s AOL and News Corp.'s MySpace or other large companies in the future.  Other possibilities raised were LinkedIn or possibly a larger deal with Facebook, the second largest social network which Microsoft already own a 1.6 percent stake in.  However, Gates comments gave no indication that any deals or partnerships were in the near future.

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By Glavinsolo on 5/7/2008 3:59:56 PM , Rating: 6

RE: Owned
By DtTall on 5/7/2008 4:10:36 PM , Rating: 5
Yahowned indeed.

And by the way, how the heck do you rate comments. I see all the comments have ratings but have no idea how to rate them myself. Thanks!

RE: Owned
By HeelyJoe on 5/7/2008 4:15:24 PM , Rating: 3
You can't rate until you get a certain number of posts, but I don't remember how many it is.

RE: Owned
By mondo1234 on 5/7/2008 5:39:13 PM , Rating: 5
And Always read the red ones, they're the best...
I am drawn to them like ants to sugar...

RE: Owned
By jtemplin on 5/7/2008 6:08:48 PM , Rating: 5
Perhaps an even better analogy is...
like a moth to the flame.

RE: Owned
By jonmcc33 on 5/13/2008 7:59:58 AM , Rating: 2
Or like flies, can't use that word here can I? White on rice maybe?

RE: Owned
By AstroCreep on 5/7/2008 6:42:33 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, the red ones are great.
Don't spend too much time trying to decipher some of the horrible grammar and inane subject matter though; you'll drive yourself crazy.

RE: Owned
By Bender 123 on 5/8/2008 3:02:32 PM , Rating: 3
They are hidden...buried if you will, because that is where trolls live.

Actually, there should be a top ten list for worst voted comments. Those always make my day.

And Apple suxxors cuz Vista iz da bomb!!!!!!!!!111111!!!oneoneone!!!!1111LEET

RE: Owned
By SiliconJon on 5/7/2008 4:15:27 PM , Rating: 3
If you can rate them you'll see a "worth reading" or "not worth reading" below a post. You only get so many, and it appears the amount you get may have to do with seniority or posting history along with how many posts there are for the article.

RE: Owned
By microAmp on 5/7/2008 5:13:17 PM , Rating: 5
For every 10 comments in an article you get an additional 1 vote. So if there are 9 comments, 1 vote. If there are 11 comments, 2 votes. 27 comments, 3 votes and so on.

RE: Owned
By Bioniccrackmonk on 5/7/2008 4:16:45 PM , Rating: 3
For every article posted you have 2 options:

You can either rate someone up and/or down, depending on how many votes you have.


You can post in said article and not be able to rate anyone up or down in said article.

If you rate someone and then post, you will reset what you rated someone. So one or the other.

RE: Owned
By nugundam93 on 5/7/2008 4:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
not even Razor Ramon HG's endorsement can save yahoo now. hahahahaha!~


(to get this joke, look for Razor Ramon HG's escapdes in Yahoo japan)

RE: Owned
By Mitch101 on 5/7/2008 4:53:15 PM , Rating: 2
Munsoned officially replaced by Yanged?

RE: Owned
By DASQ on 5/8/2008 11:31:14 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Owned
By sgtdisturbed47 on 5/7/2008 5:10:21 PM , Rating: 2
Sounds like a bad break-up lol

RE: Owned
By bryanW1995 on 5/7/08, Rating: 0
RE: Owned
By bodar on 5/7/2008 6:57:31 PM , Rating: 2
MS to Yahoo!: DIAF, kthxbai. Also, can we have your marketshare when you die?

RE: Owned
By nerdye on 5/7/2008 9:36:25 PM , Rating: 1
Oh Man,
I logged in so I could give Yahowned a six, but it seems too many people have voted on it =(

no microhoo for yahoo.

RE: Owned
By jlips6 on 5/8/2008 6:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
i think only admins can give out 6's.

RE: Owned
By Bender 123 on 5/8/2008 8:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
Only the admins can crank it up to 6. Its one cooler now, isnt it? Most ratings go up to 5, but Daily Tech Admin goes to 6.

Main picture
By FITCamaro on 5/7/2008 4:11:50 PM , Rating: 5
That has got to be one of the most disturbing pictures I've ever seen. It needs a caption. "Come to me little boys..."

RE: Main picture
By i3arracuda on 5/7/2008 4:15:48 PM , Rating: 5
It was the 80's. He was young, and needed the money.

RE: Main picture
By RjBass on 5/7/2008 7:43:27 PM , Rating: 3
Thats worth a 6 right there ^^^

RE: Main picture
By rsra13 on 5/7/2008 4:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
Is that picture actually real?
I've seen that picture several times, in different sites, but I'm not sure if it's fake or not.

And no offense to the gay community that visits DT, but he looks so gay there, even for the 80's standard.

RE: Main picture
By DallasTexas on 5/7/2008 5:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yep the picture is real.
Not sure why being or looking gay factors into this topic but the bottom line is you would give anything to be in his shoes.
Bill Gates is a business and technical genius.

RE: Main picture
By someguy123 on 5/7/08, Rating: 0
RE: Main picture
By mondo1234 on 5/7/2008 5:36:52 PM , Rating: 3
Gay or not, he's the voice of reason for MS. It seems since Balmers been running the show, that MS has had alot of problems. I think it is a leadership (or lack of) issue.

RE: Main picture
By SavagePotato on 5/7/2008 5:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
Miranda Gates, Aka his wife, sort of flies in the face of being gay.

RE: Main picture
By Spyvie on 5/7/2008 6:30:13 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Main picture
By timmiser on 5/8/2008 2:59:27 AM , Rating: 3
No, Melinda is the other, more public, wife.

RE: Main picture
By 67STANG on 5/8/2008 12:55:18 AM , Rating: 5
Say what you will about Bill Gates, but he is indeed much smarter than most of the posters on Anand. Not only that, but the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives TONS of cash to different charitable entities every year.

RE: Main picture
By Integral9 on 5/8/2008 1:34:32 PM , Rating: 1
the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives TONS of cash to different charitable entities every year.

So does Hamas...

RE: Main picture
By lightfoot on 5/8/2008 2:45:59 PM , Rating: 3
I didn't know that sending bombs and rockets to civilians was considered "charitable." Besides Israel always rejects the aid by returning it.

RE: Main picture
By Integral9 on 5/8/2008 4:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's kinda my point. Just because someone gives money to charity doesn't make them a good person or organization. It doesn't mean anything really.

Hamas gained political power and control by building schools and hospitals for the Palestinians. By that same token, Israel was bombing Palestinian schools and hospitals because Hamas was using them.

RE: Main picture
By Reclaimer77 on 5/7/2008 7:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
Forget Bill in the pic. Check out those uber monitors !!! Man where do I get one of those !! :P

RE: Main picture
By wordsworm on 5/7/2008 9:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
"Come to me little boys..."

Is your name Michael J. or something? Of course this is the photo he used to woo Melinda with. Sheesh. Why assume it's meant for boys? You really think MS DOS was something that boys would be drawn to? Gah... get your mind out of the gutter.

RE: Main picture
By JustTom on 5/7/2008 10:08:00 PM , Rating: 3
I would have preferred this picture...

RE: Main picture
By winterspan on 5/8/2008 3:12:15 AM , Rating: 2
Creepy indeed.

RE: Main picture
By Jack Ripoff on 5/8/2008 10:39:48 AM , Rating: 2
Is it just my imagination or is that a Macintosh 128K in the background (behind his right shoulder)?

RE: Main picture
By Integral9 on 5/8/2008 1:36:52 PM , Rating: 2
Mac Classic.

By SiliconJon on 5/7/2008 4:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how much cheaper MS can acquire Y! for after this squandry progresses. Watch Y! value tumble, pick it up for less than the initial offer...perhaps much less. Or just watch it fall while eating lobster. Either way.

RE: =~**~==--...__
By MadDogMorgan on 5/7/2008 4:25:44 PM , Rating: 5
Why buy a dead horse.

RE: =~**~==--...__
By othercents on 5/7/2008 5:03:19 PM , Rating: 5
To steal the organs and repaint it blue and call it MSNADS.

RE: =~**~==--...__
By nerdye on 5/8/2008 2:45:19 AM , Rating: 2

man you are killing me, that is hilarious!

RE: =~**~==--...__
By Jack Ripoff on 5/8/2008 12:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
Don't be silly, they'd never call it MSNADS.

They would call it "Windows Live Ads".

RE: =~**~==--...__
By misbfa1 on 5/8/2008 1:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
OMG first time I read that I saw MS-NADS! Which confused me greatly but still made me laugh. Then I read it right and still laughed.

Smart move on the part of M$
By Motoman on 5/7/08, Rating: 0
RE: Smart move on the part of M$
By littlebitstrouds on 5/7/2008 5:11:15 PM , Rating: 5
I was thinking more along the lines of when you give your GF an ultimatem like... No sex for you unless you start giving me more bro time... to which she responds, we're breaking up. 5 Days later she's happily single, checking out an old high school fling, and you're staying on your "bro's" couch... only one problem, your bro has a GF and she's kicking you out too. WHOMP WAH

RE: Smart move on the part of M$
By Motoman on 5/7/2008 7:52:28 PM , Rating: 2, just so I get this - M$ is the GF in yer story right? 'Cuz clearly, if Yahoo was the GF, erm, you'd need need the +5 Perpetual Beer Goggles of Obfuscation on.

RE: Smart move on the part of M$
By DeuceHalo on 5/7/2008 7:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
This sounds its from personal experience. :)

By DeuceHalo on 5/7/2008 8:00:08 PM , Rating: 1
Gah - ok - bad grammar. I missed the word 'like'. *smacks hand and vows to actually preview it after hitting the button next time*

By BruceLeet on 5/8/2008 7:38:09 AM , Rating: 2
Microsfot wants Yahoo to beg

By phxfreddy on 5/7/2008 7:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
Unless Ballmer was trying to get a look at some super secret strategy sauce he wanted to buy Yahoo. That is big enough purchase that he thus must still want them......

By lightfoot on 5/7/2008 7:42:46 PM , Rating: 3
Yahoo has pulled some dumb moves in the last few months to try to evade this bid. Outsourcing search advertising to Google doesn't make Yahoo stronger. The danger is that in trying to avoid a buyout Yahoo may have damaged its self in such a way that it is not as attractive as it was before. Microsoft wants Yahoo to better compete with Google, Yahoo isn't as valuable if it is cooperating with the enemy (Google.)

By BruceLeet on 5/8/2008 7:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
Should've looked for a better place to put my previous comment.

It went something like "Microsoft just wants Yahoo to beg"

Yahoo really did it this time...
By DtTall on 5/7/2008 4:08:24 PM , Rating: 5
I'm for getting top dollar for my stuff just as much as the next guy, but you have to know when to sell. It's like a Furby put up on eBay today. It isn't worth all that much anymore and if you set the reserve price too high you will not sell. What are you left with? A crappy toy. Good work Jerry, you are a Furby.

By King of Heroes on 5/7/2008 4:02:16 PM , Rating: 4
*meanwhile, back at Yahoo headquarters*

<Ballmer's_Answering_Machine> I'm sorry, but I'm too awesome to come to the phone right now. Please leave a message and I may deign to baptize you with my voice at some point in the next trillion years.

<Jerry_Yang> #@!$(@#!!!! *shits bricks*

<Shareholders> *all whip out cellphones containing the longest lists of legal assassination squads the world has ever seen*

Heads will roll
By crystal clear on 5/7/2008 5:28:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yahoo shareholders eye board ouster after failed Microsoft bid

An activist shareholder wants to oust directors at July 3 meeting

RE: Heads will roll
By crystal clear on 5/7/2008 5:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
In re Yahoo! Inc., Takeover Litigation
Delaware Court of Chancery, C.A. No. 3561

On February 21, 2008, BLB&G, on behalf of Plaintiffs, filed a Class Action Complaint against Yahoo and its board of directors (the “Board”), alleging that they have acted to thwart a non-coercive takeover bid by Microsoft, which would provide a 62% premium over Yahoo’s pre-offer share price, and have instead approved improper defensive measures and pursued third party deals that would be destructive to shareholder value. Yahoo’s “Just Say No to Microsoft” approach is a result of resentment by the Board, and not any good faith focus on maximizing shareholder value. Microsoft attempted to initiate merger discussions in late 2006 and early 2007, but was rebuffed, supposedly so Yahoo's management could implement existing strategic plans. None of those initiatives improved Yahoo’s performance. On February 1, 2008, over a year after its initial approach, Microsoft returned, offering to acquire Yahoo for $31 per share, representing a 62% premium above the $19.18 closing price of its stock on January 31, 2008.

Somebody Gonna Get A Hurt Real Bad
By hrishi2das on 5/7/2008 7:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
Somebody Gonna Get A Hurt Real Bad .... yeah Somebody

By tanishalfelven on 5/8/2008 2:14:01 AM , Rating: 2
i doubt many people got that joke.
if you confused watch this


$37 per share is extortion
By lightfoot on 5/7/2008 4:09:06 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn’t ever want to do business with a company that tried to extort vast sums of money from me. $37 per share for Yahoo is nothing short of extortion, and they shouldn’t be surprised in the least that Microsoft doesn’t want anything to do with them.

The A O L option
By crystal clear on 5/7/2008 4:55:34 PM , Rating: 2
News sources have speculated that Microsoft could partner with Time Warner Inc.'s AOL and News Corp.'s MySpace or other large companies in the future.

Analysis: 3 companies Microsoft could buy instead of Yahoo

Keeping in mind Microsoft's relative weaknesses -- search, Web advertising and Web 2.0 services -

AOL's online advertising network, called Platform A, is the largest in the U.S. -- even bigger than Yahoo's. According to comScore Inc., Platform A had 91% reach of the total U.S. Internet audience in March in comparison with Yahoo's 85% reach and third-place Google's 81% reach. Microsoft, through its DRIVEpm division (previously part of aQuantive Inc.), ranks eighth, with 66% reach. Time Warner itself says Platform A, formerly called, delivers 3 billion Web banner ads a day to AOL and other Web sites. AOL acquired Inc. in mid-2004 for $435 million, a price that now looks pretty good.
It may seem like only your parents and grandparents actually use AOL, but its Web properties are actually the fourth most popular in the U.S. measured by unique visitors, behind only Yahoo, Google and Microsoft, according to comScore. They are ahead of such leading lights as Fox Interactive Media's, eBay, and Facebook. Despite the overlap, a merger of Microsoft and AOL's properties would likely lead to an immediate leap to the top.
One of those Web properties is AOL's recently acquired Bebo Inc. Though not popular in the U.S., Bebo is reportedly huge in the U.K. and many other countries. It's one of a number of sites -- Hi5, Friendster, Google's Orkut and others -- that are vying for third place behind and Facebook in the casual-social-networking space.
AOL Instant Messenger's (AIM) days of dominance may be long over, but according to comScore, it remains the third most popular IM network worldwide, behind Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger, and the most popular in the U.S. AIM also had no interoperability with either Microsoft or Yahoo's services (it chose to partner with Google instead) making a combination with Windows Live Messenger even more appealing.
Downsides: AOL's display advertising business is stagnant, with the company acknowledging during its financial conference call last week that it was wrestling with integration issues from two recent advertising-related acquisitions. And what about that Web advertising bubble that people are talking about?

Potential price: AOL's revenue makes up about a tenth of Time Warner's overall revenue. With AOL's access business declining and even its Web advertising revenue slipping slightly, it's hard to argue that AOL is exhibiting any more growth potential than Yahoo. A $10 billion offer would value AOL at a 79% premium over one-tenth of Time Warner's $56 billion market cap at Friday's close. That's higher than the 72% premium Microsoft's final $33-per-share offer would have paid over Yahoo's then-dipping stock price. In other words, more than fair.

ICQ owned by the AOL LLC group makes it even more attractive.

By PeteRoy on 5/7/2008 7:42:06 PM , Rating: 1
dont ever install yahoo toolbar or IM it will take over your entire system like spyware

By rdeegvainl on 5/7/2008 4:26:40 PM , Rating: 5
How about creating an IMPROVED WinXP, and sell that, the way Apple does with their O/S ?

SP3 is free.

By RjBass on 5/7/2008 8:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly ^^^

Every new issue of OSX cost what, $200?

With UMPC's taking hold of the market, Vista being almost a complete dud in the eyes of the consumer, and Microsoft talking about extending the XP sales deadline again, XP could turn into Microsofts OSX.

By MadDogMorgan on 5/7/2008 10:12:57 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously, if they had added a few features to XP, such as the skinning capability of Windowblinds, added the kernel memory management and networking enhancements that are in Vista, tossed in a few other upgrades I would have happily paid $49.95 for the upgrade.

By crimson40 on 5/8/2008 1:16:56 AM , Rating: 4
The problem is the subscription model that Microsoft has adopted. For customers to see a perceived value of the annual costs, they must release a new version of Windows often (regardless of the quality and adoption of the product).

And, if Microsoft slows down the release cycle and feature velocity for product stability updates (which are provided for free), this reduces the value of the subscription model.

Until corporations realize that subscription models promote rapid product launches (which sacrifices product stability, usability, and compatibility) these problems will just continue to grow.

By DASQ on 5/8/2008 11:34:26 AM , Rating: 2

By Reclaimer77 on 5/7/2008 7:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
man reading that made my brains hurt...

By FluxCap on 5/8/2008 7:46:48 AM , Rating: 2
Tomorrow's headline: Shareholders want Yang's head on a stick!

MS should still buy Yahoo, without them neither company stands a chance of catching Google.

By Macelind on 5/8/2008 11:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
Tomorrow's headline: Shareholders want Yang's head on a stick!

Might make a good prop for Jeff Dunham.

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