#yahoo

Rolfe Winkler:

Microsoft keeps hitching its fortunes to lame horses. It shows how rickety parts of the software giant’s business are.

Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Nokia, Yahoo and Dell all face very difficult circumstances of their own. While Microsoft’s deals with most of them make sense, its relatively unpopular products and a changing competitive environment mean they may not prove particularly fruitful.

Yep. The best of the bunch is Yahoo, a deal which was struck years ago, that they reportedly want out of…

marissamayr
marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 
We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.

They really executed this announcement well — right down to the GIFs.

marissamayr:

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reached an agreement to acquire Tumblr! 

We promise not to screw it up.  Tumblr is incredibly special and has a great thing going.  We will operate Tumblr independently.  David Karp will remain CEO.  The product roadmap, their team, their wit and irreverence will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve.  Yahoo! will help Tumblr get even better, faster.

They really executed this announcement well — right down to the GIFs.

Allison Fass reporting on Peter Thiel’s talk at SXSW this year where he recounted the time in 2006 that Mark Zuckerberg turned down Yahoo’s $1 billion offer to buy Facebook:

His only partial rationalization at the time was that in the history of Yahoo, it had made two $1 billion offers that were also turned down. And those were to eBay and Google. “At least I could actually make a pseudo-scientific argument that in every case Yahoo offered $1 billion and it was rejected, it was the correct thing to do,” said Thiel.

I should say that I know absolutely nothing about any sort of talks/deals between Tumblr and Yahoo. And I’m not sharing this to suggest that Tumblr should turn down such a supposed offer (my initial gut feeling is actually that such a partnership would make a lot of sense). I just found it fascinating given how closely the reported number is to the key number repeated in Thiel’s story.

Andy Baio, the original creator of Upcoming, waxes poetic (see what I did there?) about the impending death of the service at the hands of Yahoo. Disappointingly:

I’ve reached out to Yahoo multiple times over the last few months about re-acquiring the Upcoming.org domain and event database, but they were less than receptive.

I miss Upcoming — the original version — as well. Shame.

Anonymous asked:

What do you think of the new yahoo weather app for iOS ? I think I found my new weather app. TWC deleted!

It’s fantastic. I love the use of Flickr photos — great cross-pollination.

Two things:

1) I wish you could “like” the Flickrs photos from the app.

2) The app icon is awful. I would never want that on my homescreen. Yahoo, some advice: kill the branding. The purple already screams “Yahoo!” — remove the name and make the cloud and sun slightly larger. Repeat on all other apps. Boom. You’re welcome.