LinkedIn, the Perfect Acquisition for Yahoo!, AOL, Facebook, or Microsoft?

Why hasn’t Microsoft or Yahoo, not Google, acquired LinkedIn yet? The struggling AOL could benefit from buying LinkedIn too. LinkedIn is a good target right now. Facebook could be a perfect fit for LinkedIn too, just not Google. Google and LinkedIn would be like butter and water, just won’t make a good mix, but its 40+ million professional users could add more value to AOL (as long as AOL changes its name and rebrands) or Facebook (especially if Facebook does an IPO this year), than is for Yahoo! or Microsoft. Facebook will benefit more from LinkedIn, due to LinkedIn’s solid business model of paid fees for value-added membership services for professionals.

Google Should Aquire Mozilla Firefox

The best business marriage could be forged between Google and Mozilla.

Google is trying to break into the Internet browser business with its not-too long ago launched browser, Chrome. And, Mozilla’s Firefox has been closing in on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which so far has not caused any serious threat to the Internet Explorer.

Mozilla’s Firefox homepage is integrated with Google’s Search as its default search engine, which still doesn’t necessarily make a difference. But, Google can easily break the market barrier, simply by acquiring Mozilla’s Firefox and then integrate its Chrome and Search technology within Firefox.

By doing so, will serious cause competitive efficiency to the Internet browser market, which will greatly best serve and benefit the users.

CNN.com Tech Increased My Traffic to Over 410% in 3 Hours

This afternoon, the traffic to my blog, http://simonkapenda.org, sky-rocketed to over 410% in less than 3 hours after my blog appeared on “CNN.com Tech Linking Blogs section”, in regard to my response posting to “Microsoft‘s Outlines Vision of Pay-as-You-Go Computing”, an idea which I find to be ridiculously amusing, dumb, and ill-conceived.

My blog has never had so much traffic in a single day, let alone in a single month. So, this is soooo cool and awesome…!

Read more about my response to Microsoft’s dumb idea on Pay-As-You-Go Computing.

Big Dumb Idea: Microsoft outlines vision of pay-as-you-go computing

CNN.com and CNET.com are jointly reporting that Microsoft has applied for a patent on metered, pay-as-you-go computing.

I understand that Microsoft (MSFT), after failing to conquer the Internet and to acquire Yahoo (YHOO), that it is now trying to discover new ways, even the most ridiculous ones that are surely doomed to fail, again, in order to maximize their online revenue. And this one in particular, for consumers to pay per each computer use, is the worst and probably the dumbest, because users will be subjected to paying more unnecessary fees and the majority won’t buy into the plan.

There’s already that 24-hour running, the most annoying TV ad from “Blue Hippo – get a brand new laptop or desktop”. And I am not sure how successful that one has been either.

Update: So, with this new, ill-conceived idea, you as a user, would pick up a computer from wherever, bring it to your home or work and only pay each time you use it. Then will Microsoft become like FedEx Kinko’s, where some users used to go and rent computers billed per each minute of use? This is real dumb! Microsoft just needs to quit trying to exploit revenue online and focus on what they do best or worse, innovative software, and some unique computing peripherals.

CNN.com states that; “Under a Microsoft proposal, consumers would receive heavily discounted PCs, then pay fees for usage. U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, details Microsoft’s vision of a situation where a ‘standard model’ of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain. The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a “one-time charge.”

Read more about this at CNN.com.

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Is Yahoo Down?

Since around 2:00 p.m. EST, today, December 13th, I’ve been unable to access Yahoo.com, Yahoo News, and Yahoo Small Business. Also, some of our sites, such as RentersQ.com, are hosted by Yahoo Small Business, and also have been down. The only thing I have been able to access is Yahoo Mail.

Is anyone else experiencing the same problem with Yahoo?

eBay Selling PayPal?

“The easiest way for eBay to reward its investors, they argued, would be to spin off PayPal, a move eBay management will never acknowledge considering — until the day a plan is announced,” (FORTUNE).

I understand that the marriage between eBay and PayPal is solid and well-suited for each other, but the pundits at FORTUNE seem to think that the time is ripe for eBay to divorce PayPal, and let the shareholders cash in big time.

They also noted that PayPal’s revenue from everywhere else is far greater than the one from eBay.

I can understand the suggestion for eBay to rid Skype to Google, since Google is preparing to launch gPhone soon, but the speculation of eBay to get rid of PayPal seems far too fetched.

But then again, there might be some other things going on at PayPal and eBay that most of us don’t know?

AdSense leaves Google?

Is there any more room in the entrepreneurial world for a well known, well funded, well experienced and respected individual to enter the entrepreneurial world?

Will he be a threat to most of us or an icing on a cake, a blessing in the sky?

Whatever he decides to do will be a monster success. Welcome to the jungle, Gokul!

Gokul Rajaram, a high-ranking Google product manager who helped launch one of the search giant’s most profitable ventures has left to start his own company.

“I’ve been having the itch to do something entrepreneurial for awhile now,” says Rajaram, 33, known by Googlers as one of the “godfathers of AdSense.” “I’m in my early 30s and I have some experience and financial security, so the time felt right.”

“I have some ideas on the consumer Internet side,” he adds. “I’m still trying to flesh that out in the next few weeks. Right now, I’m just trying to get used to not going to work.”

Read the entire article at CNNMoney.com.