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Joe Wilcox, posted two news commentaries on his Microsoft Watch Blog, here and here.

Basically, he states that Ballmers' letter is one of the nastiest pieces of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) communications of the high-tech era.

"Microsoft seeks to set Yahoo shareholders against the 10-member board of directors. The letter, while written for the board, is really for shareholders. Microsoft's publication of the letter is evidence enough of the audience."

Joe Wilcox further analyzes the letter, paragraph by paragraph, revealing the real meaning of Ballmer's words: fear that Yahoo shares will further decline and during a period of huge economic uncertainty, the "large premium" is overstated.

"Microsoft will take the company or take it out. This isn't even an implicit threat. It's direct and deliberate."


A friend on mine pointed me at a recent article about blogging from New York Times , which raises a difficult question after enumerating some tragic deaths of some bloggers, hearth disease related.

"Two weeks ago in North Lauderdale, Fla., funeral services were held for Russell Shaw, a prolific blogger on technology subjects who died at 60 of a heart attack. In December, another tech blogger, Marc Orchant, died at 50 of a massive coronary. A third, Om Malik, 41, survived a heart attack in December."

Blogging is a lucrative business, many bloggers being well-compensated for their efforts to keep the rest of us up to date with breaking news and the latest gossip. It is unclear how many people blog as a job, but surely there are several thousand out there.

There is a growing number of online writers, reporting and even reflecting about sports, politics, business, technology, celebrities and every other conceivable niche. Some write for fun, but thousands write for publishers, or have started their own online media outlets with profit in mind. One of the most competitive categories is blogs about technology developments and news.

Michael Arrington, the founder and co-editor of TechCrunch, said “I haven’t died yet”, but “this is not sustainable”, as he has gained 30 pounds in the last three years, developed a severe sleeping disorder and turned his home into an office for him and four employees. “There’s no time ever — including when you’re sleeping — when you’re not worried about missing a story,” Mr. Arrington said.

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Microsoft press officials released the text of Ballmer’s letter to the media one day after unnamed sources close to Microsoft told some reporters that Microsoft was losing patience with Yahoo’s reticence to take up Microsoft on its January 31 offer to buy Yahoo.

Microsoft says Yahoo has three weeks to negotiate a decent deal, after which time Microsoft is going to take his case directly to Yahoo! shareholders, including the initiation of a proxy bidding to elect an alternative slate of directors for the Yahoo! board.

I don’t believe that Microsoft has any real intention of walking away from this deal. I feel there’s so much overlap between Microsoft and Yahoo that this merger seems feasible, but a hostile proxy battle is the surest path to mutually assured destruction. Microsoft shares have already fallen more than 10 percent since the company first sprang its unsolicited bid on Yahoo, and market research has shown that it can take years before companies recover from a hostile takeover.

However, even thou Microsoft implies that Yahoo! has not answered their offer, Yahoo! has released to the press a statement on February 11, concluding that the proposal is not in the best interests of Yahoo! and our stockholders.

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