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This is inside the San Jose Fairmont's cavernous Imperial Ballroom. And I'm struck at the number of empty chairs here. The room holds 1,000 people. There might be 200 chairs taken. There are mountains of pastries outside the door. Most of it untouched.
Tech watchers have their eye on the next big thing that could move the market Friday and whispers are swirling that it will come out of the Yahoo! shareholder meeting.
If such a thing exists this year, here's the stock to play it.
So Exxon Mobil has just broken its own record again, reporting a mind-boggling $11.6 billion profit on $138 billion in sales. Windfall? Nope: Microsoft is three times more profitable than Exxon.
Sure the company and its nemesis, Carl Icahn, have joined forces so that bitter proxy contest could be eliminated. But that doesn't mean they've pushed their differences aside, or that general shareholder bitterness doesn't remain.
Yahoo has a lot of persuading to do Friday. At its annual meeting, Yahoo will have to show frustrated shareholders how it plans to move forward in the wake of dead-end buyout talks Microsoft. This against the background of Carl Icahn on its board and the sale of T. Boone Pickens Yahoo stake ahead of the meeting.
Looks like more of us are taking the road less traveled. But then again, what choice do we have?
Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday defended Microsoft's need to make heavy investments in its Internet businesses but said the company was "done," for now, with pursuing Yahoo.
Stocks tumbled more than 2 percent on Thursday after a report showing yet another drop in U.S. home sales prompted investors to take profits. What's the "Word on the Street?"
Microsoft will announce plans to expand its relationship with online social network Facebook to provide web search and search advertising, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Here are some thoughts on Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer and his comments to more than 250 Wall Street analysts this morning here in Redmon.
Microsoft said Kevin Johnson, the executive in charge of its Windows and Web operations and an instrumental player in the company's failed $47.5 billion bid to buy Yahoo, is leaving the company.
Baidu.com, China's top search engine, said on Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 87% and forecast another surge in revenue, boosted by Internet traffic growth from the Beijing Olympics.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
With the advertising industry feeling the crunch of the economic downturn and with more demands for accountability, there's no question that digital advertising is where money is going.
It was a rare opportunity indeed, and a classy, stand-up decision by Yahoo President Sue Decker to sit down with me and answer some tough questions following months of wrangling, first with Microsoft, and then Carl Icahn.
The company holds to its 2008 outlook, despite a drop in second-quarter earnings. and says it is will continue to look at possible transactions, says CEO Jerry Yang.
ComScore has released its first study on internet usage in India. (What took so long? Seems half the internet is RUN in India.) Not surprisingly, internet usage there is growing quickly.
Yahoo may have doused one raging fire this week, settling with Carl Icahn, but there's still another blaze burning: the company's underlying business, and that may take far more effort to put out.
Unfortunately, no, for Time Warner. Cramer explains why the stock is down Monday.