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Saturday, February 02, 2021

Any time $44 billion gets tossed around, it’s going to generate some noise. But amid the news-noise concerning Microsoft’s more-or-less hostile bid to buy Yahoo!, announced Friday, not an awful lot of consideration has been given to the possibility that the deal might not go through.

Yeah, Yahoo! is vulnerable, still mired in a slump that culminated in the end of the Terry Semel era. But it’s hardly on its last legs, and most of its board is determined to remain independent. Indeed, the prospects of a protracted takeover are pretty good, and even with the high premium the Big Redmond Machine is offering, it could become more struggle than benefit, even with the long-term payoff.

The extreme buzz has come about merely from the rampant speculation of what a done deal might yield: Operating systems even more tightly-integrated to online components, some sort of amalgamation of Hotmail and Y! Mail, etc. Fun exercises, but definitely putting the cart before the horse.

I’m not seeing this as a slam-dunk. My bet is that Microsoft and Yahoo! will still be standing where they are a year from now, both still attempting to catch up with Google in the online advertising business (and the Web services game, although that’s more of an MS-Google tussle).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/02/2021 04:17 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Tech
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Even within the context of the often-outlandish output that is the exercise-equipment industry, the Hawaii Chair stands out as a particular oddity.

Rather than describe it myself, I’ll defer to this succinct killer sum-up from BuzzFeed:

Chair simulates hula allowing you to exercise while at your desk. Finally, a workout that combines lewd movements and sitting on your ass. All we need now is a coconut sports bra.

And a steady supply of mai tais. Better yet, Hawaiian mai tais.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/02/2021 03:52 PM
Category: Comedy, Tech
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Kate is visiting Manhattan, and she’s having trouble fitting into the groove:

I honestly can’t get comfortable in this city. I feel like everyone knows the moves to an intricate ballet and I happened to miss the particular dance class that taught balance and self-awareness. New Yorkers seem to have an extra sense- a sense of movement, speed, and intuition.

Yup, if you don’t pick up those dance steps in short order, it’s a rough ride.

I’m still impressed I managed to re-learn all the right moves necessary to navigate the everyday foot traffic. I was afraid I’d be bumping into folks every two minutes, especially in the subway. Instead, it’s almost scary how quickly I adapted. I think you do develop some level of innate awareness that keeps everyone from pinballing into one another. Could be simple survival instinct, honed into the appropriate direction.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 02/02/2021 02:07 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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