Tag Archive 'yahoo'

Love Pentagon II: Electric legal bugaloo

Poor Jill Kelley. All she wanted was fame and fortune, and all she ended up with was fame and misfortune. But that last part may soon change, if she wins the civil suit she and her husband just filed against the US government for the “willful, malicious, and unlawful violation of [their] constitutional and statutory [...]

Who can you trust with your data? Twitter, yes. Apple, AT&T and Verizon, not so much.

You may not be aware of this, but: We are officially in the middle of Privacy Awareness Week, according to the FTC. To mark it, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which details how major Internet companies share data with the government. Seeking a company that will stand up [...]

10 stupid social media predictions for 2011

As I write this there are but a few hours left of 2010, which I believe will be remembered as the year Facebook became the dominant force on the InterWebs, supplanting even mighty Google in its reach and depth. What will happen in 2011? Beats me. But that won’t stop me from offering up some [...]

10 years later: What will the tech world look like in 2020?

It’s kind of hard to believe the first decade of the third millennium is almost over. Seems like only yesterday we were pulling out our hair worrying about Y2K; now we worry about whether enough total strangers are following the minutiae of our lives on Twitter and Facebook. The last ten years have been dominated [...]

ZDnet vs Yahoo: When ‘process journalism’ tastes like processed cheese

Richard Koman at ZDnet published a blog post late last night that amply demonstrates nearly everything that’s right and wrong about Web journalism. Using information he received from an Iranian blogger, Koman accused Yahoo of handing over the account information for 200,000 Iranian bloggers to the country’s authorities– an act not unlike handing a list [...]

Apple: Poachers will be punished

Did Apple try to strong-arm Palm into a ‘don’t touch ours, we won’t touch yours’ hiring arrangement? If so, it may have run afoul of antitrust laws.

Microsoft to Yahoo: Last night was great. I’ll call you, promise.

What’s left to say about the Microsoft-Yahoo ad deal? How about, So long Yahoo, it was nice knowin’ ya.

Does anyone still Yahoo?

The number 2 seach portal has a new(ish) CEO and a new look. But is that enough to keep Yahoo from being steamrolled by Google or manhandled by Microsoft?

So Yahoo and Microsoft walk into a bar and — wait, you’ve heard this one?

Just when you thought it was dead and buried, the Microsoft/Yahoo soap opera returns. Will these two aging paramours ever hook up?

Conficker worm ends life as we know it; film at 11

Yes the Worm of the Century has struck — and our lives will never be the same. Right?

Google knows where you surfed last summer

Are those search ads starting to look a little too personal? Welcome to Google’s new behavioral ad strategy. Better keep your nose clean.

Predictions 3.0: The biggest headlines of 2009

Yes, it’s time again for Cringely to go out on a limb and start sawing. Here are his key predictions for the coming year in tech.

Biggest Turkeys of 2008

Last year around this time I introduced the Gobblers, my awards for those individuals in the tech field whose behavior most closely resembles a bird whose sole purpose is to be served on a platter. It was such a big hit I decided to do it again this year. Thus I present the 2008 Gobblers [...]

49 and a half reasons to give thanks

What do retired billionaires, supermodels, search engines, supervillains, energy drinks, whacked-out actors and fried breakfast pastries have in common? They’re some of the things I’m thankful for this year. If I’m conscious, I’m usually complaining about something. But because it’s almost Thanksgiving I’ve decided to list some of the things I’m grateful for, in and [...]

Obama’s CTO: Just do what, exactly?

It’s a lousy job, but somebody’s got to do it. Once we find someone who’s crazy–err, patriotic enough to take the position as our nation’s first CTO, what should he or she do? It might possibly be the worst job in the world, outside of replacing Jerry Yang as Yahoo’s CEO. Yet people seem to [...]

Is Yahoo Dead?

Thanks to the DOJ, Google has backed out of its partnership with Yahoo — leaving the #2 search company dangling helplessly over the jaws of Microsoft. Can it survive?

Geek Week: Palin’s email ails, Seinfeld campaign fails

Sarah Palin’s email gets hacked, Jerry Seinfeld gets smacked. It’s been a strange week here in Cringeville.

Microsoft + Yahoo: RIP?

Our long national nightmare is over — or so it would seem. After Yahoo gave Carl Icahn a seat at its table, Microsoft walked away, allegedly for good. Is truly the end of MicroHoo? Cringely has his doubts.

Microsoft + AOL: Let no man tear them asunder

Is Microsoft about to swallow AOL, or is this just another feint in the endless struggle to conquer Yahoo and achieve mediocrity in the search marketplace? Cringely has a few ideas, as well as some key questions for all you Microsoft fans out there.

Memo to Microsoft, Yahoo, & Icahn: Just shut up and deal

It’s BratFest 2008. As Microsoft, Yahoo, and Carl Icahn squabble like schoolchildren over who called the other one “stinky,” Cringely longs for some adult supervision. Can’t Google do something to make them stop?