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Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

Bill Gates

(Best Syndication) Since Microsoft lost out on their bid for DoubleClick to Google, the company has appeared to be grasping at straws. After Microsoft hit competition in the server operating system market to free open source software, the company has been trying to break into the Internet advertising business in a big way.

Microsoft made a bid for advertising firm aQuantive, offering what some consider an astronomical price for the firm. The current price for aQuantive is around $36 per share and MS is offering more than $66 per share in cash, an 85% premium for the company.

Paul Wolfowitz Broke Ethics Rules According To World Bank Panel – Resignation Of Friend Kellem Due To Turmoil Over President

Paul Wolfowitz Broke Ethics Rules According To World Bank Panel – Resignation Of Friend Kellem Due To Turmoil Over President Leadership

Bush and Wolfowitz

(Best Syndication) World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is under more pressure to resign after a panel found that he breached ethics rules when he arranged for his girlfriend’s pay raise and promotion. He broke the rules, according to a source close to the World Bank board.

Although Wolfowitz is accused of setting up a lucrative deal for his companion, Shaha Riza, the board made no recommendation on how he should be reprimanded, according to a report from Reuters. The panel found that Wolfowitz's actions amounted to a conflict of interest, while another source said the panel found he broke governance rules.

Microsoft Seeking Merger With Yahoo – Pair Hopes To Compete With Google For Advertising Dollars

Microsoft Seeking Merger With Yahoo – Pair Hopes To Compete With Google For Advertising Dollars

New Offerings

(Best Syndication) Neither Yahoo nor Microsoft grasped the concept of the Internet the way Google did, and both companies are talking about a merger of some sorts again. To add to their problems, Google’s search results are still superior. This has prompted the two companies to look again at combining their efforts.

Although the two companies explored a merger a year ago, no deal was made back then. The New York Post broke the new story on Friday, citing sources close to the negotiations. Although neither Yahoo nor Microsoft would respond to the reports, the sources said that Microsoft was “stung” by their loss to Google in their pursuit of DoubleClick.

News Corp Offers To Buy Dow Jones – But Is The Deal A Boondoggle For Fox Media Giant– Wall Street Journal Offers Subscriber Base

News Corp Offers To Buy Dow Jones – But Is The Deal A Boondoggle For Fox Media Giant – Wall Street Journal Offers Subscriber Base

News Corp Bids For Dow Jone Co

(Best Syndication) The price per share of Dow Jones & Co. shot up on the news that Rupert Murdoch was interested in purchasing the media company. Dow owns the Wall Street Journal and Barons, plus is the home of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) index. But given the fact that the News Corps offer is 67% above the recent market value of Dow Jones, is it a good deal.

Back in late 2000, America Online (AOL) purchased or merged with Time Warner Inc. At that time AOL was the dominant company and it seemed like a good deal for Time because the company was struggling to break into the online business. AOL once had more than 30 million subscribers and the deal seemed like the perfect fit for both companies.

Record Profits For Microsoft Because of New Windows Operating System Vista

Record Profits For Microsoft Because of New Windows Operating System Vista

Windows Vista

(Best Syndication) On Thursday Microsoft announced record profits primarily related to technology guarantee programs for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release. Revenue for the quarter ending March 31st 2007 was $14.40 billion. This is a 32% increase over the same period last year.

The company says their success has a lot to do with their new products. Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft said “This quarter marked the consumer launches of Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and we are delighted with the positive customer response these products have received.”

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