It’s hardly surprising that Legg Mason is the only major Yahoo shareholder to speak out on Microsoft’s takeover bid thus far – strongly hinting it would be happy to sell if Microsoft raised the price.
It is the only one of the top institutional shareholders in Yahoo without a major stake in Microsoft as well. It can therefore see a clear profit from the deal, while the rest have been buried in silence as they carry out frantic calculations on how much their Microsoft holdings may be hit by buying Yahoo. Read more
The Zeemote on first use seems to be a solution looking for a problem.
This separate joystick controller for playing games on mobile phones appeared an unnecessary peripheral to me – who wants to carry around something extra in their pocket just to play a few games on their phone, when the regular buttons on the handset work just as well? Read more
Some parts of Google are more romantic than others.
While my Google Mail and Calendar looked the same as ever this morning, Google Docs had turned pink, with hearts adorning the menu bar and broken-heart icons appearing against all the docs I’d not favourited. Read more
A bit like Victor Kiam and his Remington shaver, some bloggers liked the Seesmic video product they tested so much that they decided to buy the company.
Well, almost: a long list of industry “names” has been announced as investors in Loic Le Meur’s hot San Francisco start-up. Read more
Spore, the game that has been spawning cell-like in Will Wright’s imagination since 2000, was born as a fully-formed franchise idea.
At the Electronic Arts analyst day yesterday, the creator of The Sims showed off the eagerly awaited title and detailed numerous commercial spin-offs. Read more
These days, no big industry conference is complete without a good deal of public posturing over global warming, and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week is no exception. Nokia, the world’s largest mobile handset maker, and China Mobile, the world’s largest operator, have both jumped on the eco-bandwagon.
Wang Jianzhou, the chief executive of China Mobile, told delegates that companies had to take responsibility for climate change. China Mobile itself is taking action by collecting old mobile handsets, building mobile base stations that run on solar and wind power, and buying low-energy equipment from suppliers. They clearly want to be seen to be doing their bit ahead of the Beijing Olympics. Read more
John Riccitiello did not mince his words about the performance of Electronic Arts over the past year.
“This outright pisses me off,” said the chief executive at EA’s analyst day today, referring to a graph showing a three percentage point loss in market share in 2007. Read more
Apple is not the only Silicon Valley company trying to shake up the mobile world with more graphically rich phones.
Nvidia, known best for its PC graphics cards, unveiled an applications processor at the Mobile World Congress today that enables 10 hours of high-definition video playback and 100 hours of audio on a phone. Read more
The way to achieve a certain mystique for a mobile product is to not attend trade shows like the Mobile World Congress. Last year Apple stayed away, but the iPhone was the word on everyone’s lips. This year Android is the new, much discussed, threat to the establishment and Google’s presence is minimal – especially as Andy Rubin, head of the Android project, had to suddenly race back to the US, cancelling planned demos of the software. Was it really an emergency calling him back – or is it just the new style of brandbuillding?
Steve Berkowitz, once billed as a saviour for Microsoft’s internet business, has made little impact since he arrived two years ago, so it’s not surprising that he now looks to be on the way out. It seems that bringing in senior outside talent, something Microsoft has shown itself increasingly willing to do, has not always gone smoothly.
CNET is reporting that Berkowitz, once the head of Ask.com, is going as part of a reorganisation that will also involve the departure of Mike Sievert, a former AT&T executive. We can’t confirm all the details of that report, but the conversations we’ve had suggest that Berkowitz won’t be around too much longer. Read more