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2008-07-15 09:00:38

By From news reports The investor Carl Icahn said Monday that Yahoo distorted the facts in explaining why directors rejected a proposal for Microsoft to break up the Internet company, urging shareholders to help him oust the board. "Refusing the Microsoft offer for the Yahoo search business is also another grave mistake that will be deeply regretted," Icahn said in an e-mailed statement. He also filed a definitive proxy statement Monday seeking to replace Yahoo's nine-member board with his...

2008-07-14 15:00:23

By Brier Dudley, The Seattle Times Jul. 14--If you feel a rumbling coming from the Hunts Point area Tuesday, it's probably Steve Ballmer doing one of his celebratory dances. Not because the Microsoft chief executive is finally closing the Yahoo deal. Who knows if, how and when he'll untangle that hairball? The Yahoo drama is really a diversion from the real war that's going on between Microsoft and Google. All the attention on Carl Icahn and Jerry Yang is starting to feel like...

2008-07-14 15:00:23

REDMOND, Wash., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On the evening of July 12, Yahoo! Inc. released a statement relating to recent discussions involving Yahoo!, Microsoft Corp., and Carl Icahn. Microsoft believes the statement contains inaccuracies that need to be corrected. Among other things, the enhanced proposal for an alternate search transaction that we submitted late Friday was submitted at the request of Yahoo! Chairman Roy Bostock as a result of apparent attempts by Mr. Icahn to have...

2008-07-14 12:00:30

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE SAN FRANCISCO -- Microsoft Corp. threw its weight behind investor Carl Icahn's effort to dump Yahoo Inc.'s board, saying Monday that a successful shareholder rebellion would encourage the software maker to renew its bid to buy Yahoo's Internet search engine or possibly the entire company. The unexpected endorsement gives Icahn a carrot to dangle before Yahoo shareholders as he wages a campaign to replace Yahoo's nine directors at the company's annual meeting Aug. 1....

2008-07-14 09:00:28

By Michael J. de la Merced Yahoo has rejected a renewed proposal by Microsoft to buy its Internet search business, this time under a plan that would have left the rest of Yahoo in the hands of the investor Carl Icahn. The proposal was made Friday evening by Icahn and Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer, and rejected over the weekend by Yahoo, which called Icahn and Microsoft an "odd and opportunistic alliance." The new approach, and Yahoo's response, could escalate the level of...

2008-07-13 18:00:08

Yahoo! says it has rejected a renewed proposal by Microsoft to buy the company's Internet search business, sources say. The New York Times reported Sunday that the offer made by Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer, and investor Carl Icahn, was similar to an earlier offer the Santa Clara, Calif., Internet company rejected. Under the latest offer, Yahoo! was to have sold its search business to Microsoft and Icahn, who is waging a campaign to unseat Yahoo!'s board, would have taken...

2008-07-13 09:00:15

By Chris O'Brien, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jul. 13--The standoff is over. Shareholder activist Carl Icahn is going to win his proxy fight with Jerry Yang and seize control of Yahoo. All that happens between now and Aug. 1, when shareholders will vote to throw out the current board and management, or even before then if the companies reach a deal, is just theater. The players will posture, they'll try to spin, but the conclusion is inevitable. Yahoo's fate was sealed last week...

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2008-07-10 06:20:00

On a day when most of the technology buzz surrounded Friday's scheduled debut of Apple's new iPhone, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a crowd in Houston his company needs to do more "cool" stuff. "We haven't surprised people quite as much as we need to," Ballmer said, speaking Wednesday to thousands of Microsoft partners in town for an annual conference. "What we need to do is have products that surprise people, that delight people." He disputed the idea that Apple or Google is cooler than...

2008-07-09 21:00:13

By Simon Wilson Microsoft threw its weight behind investor Carl Icahn's effort to dump Yahoo's board, saying a successful shareholder rebellion would encourage the software maker to renew its bid to buy Yahoo's internet search engine, or possibly the entire company. The unexpected endorsement gives Mr Icahn a carrot to dangle before Yahoo shareholders as he wages an acrimonious campaign to replace Yahoo's nine directors at the company's annual meeting on August 1. It marks the first...

2008-07-09 12:00:00

Microsoft partners meeting in Houston responded with resignation and some optimism Tuesday to the company's move toward more Internet-based software and services, despite worries that it could cut into some of their business. The company unveiled details of the plan during the annual meeting of thousands of partners that form the crucial link between Microsoft and its customers. About 7,500 partners and 2,500 Microsoft employees are attending the Worldwide Partner Conference at the George R....