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In the early 1990s, during the middle of a secular bull market, I began work on "A Modern Approach To Graham and Dodd Investing," that was not particularly suited for the decade of the 1990s, but was ideally suited for the following "Lost Decade" of the 2000s.
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  • Why Yahoo Should Sell Itself to Microsoft.(or Google) 3 comments
    Jun 19, 2009 3:53 PM

    We're not just saying that because we own MSFT, although it's true. We're saying that based on a belief that Yahoo is caught in an unenviable position, between a rock and a hard place, of Microsoft and Google.

    About a decade ago, Yahoo was the wunderkind. No one had anything like its search engine. One problem was that it was a little ahead of its time. Few people fully understood the value of search engines. Another issue was that it was just another tech stock; one that went boom in 1999, then bust in 2000. (Google was fortunate to come of the scene afterward, and avoid this.)

    By the time Google made its mark in the early 2000s, Yahoo was "old news." It had not made anything of its head start, and was outpositioned by a younger, more nimble company. So much for first mover advantage.

    The latest news is that Microsoft, the industry giant, has now come up with a credible alternative. It is the last entry in this space. but the one with the strongest backing. That's because Microsoft is a much more established company that isn't only about search engines. It's basically about software control, of which search engine is just one application.

    Yahoo is in an unenviable position, trapped between a larger producer of its main product, and a smaller producer that's a much larger company overall. These two companies are about to go to war. As Machiavelli advised about 600 years, ago a (prince) in such a situation "must declare for one or the other, or else become a prey of the victor."

    Disclosure: Long MSFT

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    Now late Friday afternoon Bartz / Yahoo come out and say their recent layoffs costed $27 million. Yahoo, as always has been, the little engine that could but can't.
    19 Jun 2009, 08:07 PM Reply Like
  • summerssssssss
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    I have all the secrets of infinity in my hands,
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    here's a simple scientific test you can experiement
    with.

     

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    this causes stress especially when you are
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    please feel free to ask me for more information
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    Summer Time Dance
    20 Jun 2009, 12:10 AM Reply Like
  • Tom Au, CFA
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    Author’s reply » Which is why they ought to be taken over.

     

    On Jun 19 08:07 PM digalert wrote:

     

    > Now late Friday afternoon Bartz / Yahoo come out and say their recent
    > layoffs costed $27 million. Yahoo, as always has been, the little
    > engine that could but can't.
    20 Jun 2009, 01:04 PM Reply Like
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