This Could Be the End of Yahoo?

If Yahoo let itself to be acquired by Microsoft, then it will be the end of Yahoo forever, as we know it. Microsoft is good at buying out competitors and kill them instead of growing them. With my short memory, I only remember Hotmail as a better acquisition by Microsoft, but where is Hotmail today? How about Skype? Perhaps, it’s also just a matter of time before Skype also goes under. I don’t remember a company that Microsoft has acquired and made it a success in its market.

And why is Carol Bartz going around ranting Yahoo publicly? That’s not professional. She’s likely killing her chances of getting hired as CEO of another major company.

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.

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?

Amazing, Yahoo Search Assist Box

I’ve been using Yahoo since its inception, even when Google was the search provider for Yahoo, so I am still glued to Yahoo, and in reality, I can compare Yahoo search results with that of Google for the same subject, and I never really see a big difference.

And now that Yahoo has rolled out its Search Assist Box yesterday, it’s even better. So, I prefer Yahoo over any search engine, well, Yahoo is not really a search engine, sorry.